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Packaging and Freezing (2)
Thoroughly cool to room temperature loaves and/or cookies before packaging. This prevents unwanted condensation from building up inside the packaging as the item cools, which can lead to mold or spoilage.
- When items are completely cooled, use kitchen tongs or a gloved hand to place in the bag.
- For the bread loaves, squeeze out as much air from the bag as possible, then twist tie tightly closed. Watch our bread packaging video in baker resources if you have questions.
- For the cookies, fold the top of the wax bakery bag over and affix a sticker over the flap to seal. Watch our cookie packaging video in baker resources if you have questions.
- Place items in your freezer until donation, or a drop in a freezer bank.
- When transferring for donation, simply remove from your freezer and insulated bag and take them to your desired drop off location.
Let us know if you encounter issues with packaging your baked items, or if you have tips for your fellow bakers, in the comments below. Take a quick glance at the FAQ below, Troubleshooting Freezer Issues, for more.
We’ve learned that not all freezers are the same. Some are wetter/warmer than others. Ice caps can develop in the freezer and moisture can get into the packaging. The best tip/trick we’ve learned for this situation is to double bag the bread. This appears to eliminate the issue. On donation day: take the bread out of the freezer, remove the outermost wrapper, and keep that for the next round of packaging.
Another suggestion is to place the loaves in an insulated shopping bag (like those used to transport ice cream home from the grocery store). In this case, you only need one plastic bag, just place the packaged loaves directly in the insulated bag and then pop it in freezer. This is also a beneficial practice for the cookies, as it helps them stay as fresh as possible.
Let us know in the comments if this helps, or if you have another tip to share.