Where to buy bread without plastic (+8 ways to freeze bread plastic free)
I just came back from the grocery store and placed my plastic free bread on the counter. My roommate looked at me confused, and asked where to buy bread without plastic. I thought that was a great tip to share, so I found 4 fantastic places people can get bread without plastic. Here's what I found:
Where to buy bread without plastic? You can buy bread without plastic in the bakery section of a grocery store, at your community markets, a local bakery, or you can make bread at home. If purchasing plastic free bread at the grocery store, look for it in the morning because the small quantities of bread loaves usually sell out fast.
If you want to make your own bread, check out this awesome whole wheat recipe by Minimalist Baker! Another helpful thing to learn is freezing bread without plastic. Let's take a look at 8 ways you can keep bread fresh and freeze bread plastic free!
How to freeze bread without plastic
If you don't feel like you're able to finish your loaf of bread before it goes bad, freezing it is a great option! I personally like freezing sliced loaves of bread so I can just defrost individual slices instead of the whole loaf.
Usually bread is frozen in the plastic packaging it comes in, but what if you buy bread without plastic? That's when you have to get a little creative...
What to wrap bread in to freeze it without plastic:
- Reusable beeswax wraps
- Unbleached parchment paper
- Reusable freezer bag (best for bread slices)
- Dish cloth
- Reusable container (best for bread slices)
- Paper bag
- Pillow case
- Foil, then reuse it
When wrapping your bread, make sure you cover every bit of the bread. If you're using unbleached parchment paper, a dish cloth, a paper bag, or a pillow case, I recommend using elastic bands (reuse elastic bands from produce) to make sure the bread is wrapped tightly.
Bread keeps fresh for up to 6 months in the freezer, so just make sure you eat it in that time!
Why is bread packaged in plastic?
It can be frustrating if you don't have the option to buy bread plastic free. Why does it even come packaged in plastic? There 100% needs to be a change in the packaging to something more sustainable than plastic, I am in no way saying bread should be packaged in plastic.
However, if you're curious as to why bread is packaged in plastic, here's a few reasons:
- Maintains food quality
- Food safety
- Prevents food waste
I did a little more digging and found this explanation as to why bread is packaged in plastic by Plastics New Zealand:
"Plastic packaging ensures our food has a longer shelf-life and less bacterial growth making it fresher and safer when it reaches the consumer. Plastics also allow for safer food preparation and less food waste."
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