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(CNN) -- Freshly made baked goods are a delight. Unfortunately, they don't stay fresh for long. If you've started baking and have some left over, it's possible to preserve that freshness for months by freezing them, but the method you use will be the key to how long it lasts.
How to Freeze Loaves of Bread
Wrap whole loaves twice in plastic wrap before sealing them in a large freezer bag. If you want to use the bread for sandwiches and toast, be sure to cut it first. That way, you'll be able to get only what you need; The remaining frozen bread will keep for up to three months. Thaw bread at room temperature; It will reabsorb any condensation that forms inside the wrapper.
How to Freeze Muffins
A fresh bagel is a beautiful thing, but buying it in bulk is a great deal. To preserve the freshness of the bagels (and save time on busy mornings), cut them in half before freezing. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or store them in a resealable sandwich bag (remove as much air as possible before sealing).
Place your wrapped bagels in a larger freezer bag, label it with the date, and store them in the freezer for up to three months. You don't need to thaw them before roasting.
How to Freeze Banana Bread and Quick Breads
To store banana bread or other quick breads like pumpkin or zucchini, wrap the bread tightly in several layers of plastic and transfer it to a resealable freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible, seal well, and freeze for up to 2 months.
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How to Freeze Muffins and Scones
Freeze single-serving baked goods, such as muffins and scones, using the same method you would use with bagels. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap or place them in resealable sandwich bags. Place wrapped items in a large freezer bag to keep them together during storage and freeze for up to 2 months. Reheat frozen muffins and scones in the oven or toaster between 150 and 165 degrees C; You don't need to thaw them first.
How to Freeze Sliced Sandwich Bun and Hamburger Buns
Soft, mushy baked goods, such as sliced sliced bread, hamburger buns, and hot dog buns, are quite durable. They'll last much longer at room temperature than a bakery-style crusty bread, but you still run the risk of moldy or stale slices. Luckily, these items freeze nicely right in their packaging; Just make sure the bag is tightly closed. For added protection, place the package in a resealable freezer bag and store it for up to three months. Defrost on the kitchen table.
How to Freeze Cakes
Whether you're baking cake layers before a big celebration or just have leftover birthday cake, freezing it is a breeze. For unassembled, undecorated cake layers or cupcakes, such as sponge cake, first make sure they are completely cool. Wrap each item tightly in several layers of plastic, followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Label and date to avoid confusion later, then place it in individual freezer bags or a freezer-safe container. They will keep for one to two months this way.
When freezing, place the cakes on a level, uncluttered surface so they don't get crushed by other frozen products. Thaw the layers for about an hour at room temperature before assembling the cake; Actually, it's easier to work with slightly frozen layers.
Decorated tarts, whole and sliced, can also be successfully frozen. If your cake is frosted, place it on a baking sheet, unwrapped, and place in the freezer until completely frozen, at least 4 to 6 hours. When completely frozen, wrap the cake in a layer of cling film and then a layer of aluminum foil. Label and date. To prevent damage during storage, we recommend placing the wrapped cake inside a sturdy, freezer-safe container so it doesn't clash with other frozen products. To thaw, unwrap the cake before letting it thaw in the refrigerator.
For the cake slices, freeze them, unwrapped, on a baking sheet. Wrap them individually with plastic wrap and aluminum foil and store them in a freezer-safe container.