Question: How Do I Freeze Pita Bread?
I love pita bread, but it's very hard to find in my rural area. I have to buy in bulk, but sometimes I do not eat all the loaves of pita bread that I buy. I live on a budget and really cannot afford to waste. Can I freeze pita bread? If so, what is the best way to freeze it and also to thaw it when I am ready to eat it?
Yes, you can absolutely freeze pita bread! In fact, many grocers freeze their pita bread and then place it on the shelves as demand increases. After all, pita isn't like sandwich bread in many small towns. It just doesn't fly off the shelves, so the most economical way to keep it in stock is to freeze it. If your supermarket can freeze it, then you can too!
After I make pita at home in mass amounts, I freeze pita. I wait for it to cool completely, then stack the loaves, placing a sheet of wax paper in between each loaf and store in a freezer bag. This makes it much easier to remove a few loaves from a plastic bag from the freezer -- they do tend to stick together.
If you want to freeze in the original packaging, you can simply wrap the package in aluminum foil and pop it into the freezer, too. The aluminum foil will provide extra protection against freezer burn.
Pita can stay frozen for a few months, but remember that the longer it is frozen, the dryer it will become.
Thawing Frozen Pita Bread
Thawing is as easy as leaving it on the counter top until thawed. You don't have to remove it from the freezer bag or packaging; just thaw it in the same packaging as you froze it in. I do not recommend thawing it in the refrigerator as pita will become dry and hard.
You can also sprinkle some water on an individual loaf and heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds for quicker thawing. I do not recommend defrosting in the toaster oven. The result is extremely crunchy, much like potato chips, but thicker.
Making Pita is Cost Effective
Making pita bread is cost effective alternative to buying it in the store. I have make 3 dozen loaves for the price that I pay for 6 in the store. Baking your own pita is super easy and requires ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, like flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. It can be a little time consuming, as there are a couple of steps like letting the dough rise. I usually make pita on a Sunday and make enough to last two weeks or a month. How to Make Pita Bread