Keeping bread fresh is a constant battle. You can extend the life of your loaves by storing them in the freezer instead of the pantry. Bread stored in the freezer will last considerably longer, but it is susceptible to freezer burn. Freezer burn isn’t dangerous, but your once-tasty loaf will suffer significantly. The loaf will turn frosty and gray, and the flavors and textures will deteriorate if you don’t take special precautions.

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Allow the bread to cool completely uncovered at room temperature. Wrapping warm bread will cause moisture to form, which will turn into ice crystals and cause freezer burn.

Cut the bread into slices. Sliced bread thaws faster and retains texture better than whole loaves. The slices won’t stick together, either, so you can just grab one or two as you need them.

Tightly wrap the bread in airtight freezer wrap or seal it in a freezer-safe, zip-top plastic bag. Remove as much air from the bag as possible before sealing it to prevent freezer burn.

Arrange the bread in your freezer with plenty of space surrounding it. The more space it has, the faster it will freeze. Stack the bread along with everything else in your freezer once its completely frozen.

Store bread in the freezer for up to three months. The bread is still safe to eat after that, but it may decline in quality.

Limit the amount of time the freezer door is open. Fluctuation in temperature is one of the primary causes of freezer burn.