French bread is known for its crisp, crunchy crust and chewy center. The bread’s contrasting textures make it a favorite baked good among many people. French bread is versatile in that it can be used to make gourmet sandwiches, served alongside soup and dinner entrees, or slathered with butter and eaten as a breakfast item or snack. If you’ve made a few loaves of French bread too many, or if you stocked up at a bakery, store the extras properly so you can enjoy them at a later date.

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Allow homemade French bread to cool completely at room temperature prior to storing it.

Place the French bread loaf into a paper bag; paper will allow the bread to “breathe” and maintain its crispy texture. Seal the end of the paper bag with a piece of tape.

Set the French bread into a bread box for short-term storage. Avoid storing the bread in a refrigerator, where it will quickly dry out and go stale.

Prepare the French bread for long-term storage by placing it into a plastic freezer bag or wrapping it tightly with a piece of foil. Seal the ends of the packaging with freezer tape. Use a marker to write the date on the tape.

Place the packaged bread into a freezer, where it can be stored for three months or more.