The best toast starts with the best bread, but bakery-fresh or homemade bread has a tendency to stale and mould more quickly than the pre-sliced bag stuff. To get really good toast everyday without wasting a single crumb, slice, then freeze a fresh, whole loaf.
Photo by Rebecca Siegel.
Freezing a whole loaf is already a great way to keep it fresh but, as Emily Weinstein of the New York Times points out, once defrosted, you have to eat the whole thing pretty quickly:
But when you defrost it, you replicate the problem of a whole loaf fresh out of the oven: Unless you have a full house, it's a race to finish it before it goes stale. (Yes, you could make bread crumbs, but with apologies to devotees of schnitzel and gratins, who actually needs that many bread crumbs?) There are only two of us at my place, so a big loaf of fresh bread is difficult to take down.
Pre-slicing before freezing lets you enjoy the best bread possible at your leisure. Just buy your favourite fancy loaf; slice into thick, toast worthy slices; put them in a plastic bag and grab one whenever you want a single serving slice of beautiful, browned bread.
The Secret to Good Toast? It's Your Freezer [New York Times]