Can You Freeze Bread Dough?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Bread Dough? 

Yes, you can freeze bread dough, and it can last in the freezer for a month or two. You can freeze the dough right after kneading the dough or once it has risen once and been shaped. The key is to cover it thoroughly from being exposed to air and storing it in Ziploc bags or air-tight containers. 

Here is the ultimate guide on how to freeze and store bread dough. 

I have found these methods and tips to work like a charm. 

So, let’s get started.

How to Freeze Bread Dough?

How to Freeze Bread Dough?

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This is the best way to freeze bread dough for long and the most recommended method to go by.


  • Bread Dough
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper


  • Ziploc Bag
  • Cling Wrap


    Roll and Ball: Once you make the bread dough, roll them into small balls.

    Lay Out: Lay the balls of bread dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that they are evenly spaced and don't stick to each other.

    Flash Freeze: Leave the tray of bread dough in the freezer for, or a couple of hours and let it set solid.

    Wrap Them: Wrap the individual rolls of frozen bread dough with some cling wrap.

    Pack and Seal: Transfer the frozen balls of bread dough into a Ziploc bag and seal them. Make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before you seal the bag shut.

    Label and Freeze: Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the bread dough till you need it next.

    Here is a great tutorial on how to freeze bread dough by "Michael Lim" on YouTube -

Freezing Bread Dough in Ziploc Bags 

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Bread Dough
  • Cling Wrap 
  • Ziploc Bag 

If you are in a hurry, you could use this quick and easy method of freezing bread dough for later.

Make and Portion

Once you make your bread dough divide it into parts that you plan to use later. You could simply half or quarter the dough, or roll them into balls.

Wrap Them

Wrap each portion of bread dough with some cling wrap, making sure to wrap it tightly with no part being exposed to air.

Pack and Seal

Place the wrapped bread dough into Ziploc bags and then seal them, once you squeeze out all the excess air.

Label and Freeze

Once you add a label on the bag with the best before date, you are good to go.

Check out this video by “Creative Frugal Fun” to see how it’s done –

How Long Can You Freeze Bread Dough?

You can freeze bread dough for 2 to 3 months. Although you can freeze the bread dough for longer than this period, it is best to use it as soon as you can rather than later.

Keep in mind that a little of the yeast culture is destroyed when the bread dough gets frozen. So, to make sure that the bread dough stays for longer in the freezer and can still rise well when it thaws, add twice the yeast mentioned in the recipe.

You could also use dry-active yeast rather than fast-acting yeast to ensure that the bread dough can last long in the freezer, and still rise once it thaws.

How to Store Frozen Bread Dough?

You can store frozen bread dough in a Ziploc bag or even a freezer-safe air-tight container. The key is to make sure that the bread dough is thoroughly covered from being exposed to air.

You can wrap each portion of bread dough and then place them in Ziploc bags or even double wrap it in metal foil before placing it in the freezer.

Though you could use a freezer-safe container, it depends on whether you have enough freezer space to accommodate them.

How to Defrost Bread Dough?

The best way to thaw frozen bread dough is to do it gradually in the fridge. Place the bread dough in a pan and cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw.

This will ensure that the condensation doesn’t seep into the bread dough.

Once you take it out of the fridge you can cover the bread with some oiled cling wrap or tea towel and let it rise, before you get to baking with it.

Make sure that the bread is baked as soon as it rises to twice its original size. If the bread dough proves for too long then it can collapse when it gets baked.

Can You Refreeze Bread Dough?

Though you can technically refreeze bread dough, it is best advised not to. The bread dough can get super dry and change in its texture and flavor if it is repeatedly frozen. The bread can end up tasting stale.

So, the best way to avoid having refrozen bread dough is to portion them out beforehand.

Rather than freezing a big lump of bread dough, cut them into smaller and easy to manage balls of dough and freeze them separately.

This way, you can avoid having to thaw a big batch of bread dough to use a small portion of it.

Does Bread Dough Freeze Well?

Yes, you can bread dough freezes well and last in the freezer for a couple of months. Bread dough with yeast freezes best once it has had its first rise and then shaped.

The bread dough is best when frozen in either of the two following times. First, when you have just kneaded the bread, and it hasn’t risen yet. Or second, when you have shaped the bread after its first rise.

Bread dough also freezes best when you have used flour with high protein content and twice the amount of yeast mentioned in the recipe.

Freezing can weaken the gluten in the bread as well as kill the yeast content. So, increasing the ratio of protein and yeast in the recipe is the best way to keep it fresh for a long.


Can you freeze bread dough after its second rise?

No, it is best recommended not to freeze the bread dough after its second rise. The bread dough, in this case, will overrise once it thaws.

So, it is best to freeze the bread after its first rise or right after kneading it and before it rises.

Bottom Line

I hope this article helped you freeze and store any extra bread dough for a little while longer.

If you have any doubts or would like to share some freezing tips and hacks of your own, it would be great to hear from you.

Feel free to share this article with all your bread-enthusiastic friends and family.

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About Pratibha Singh

Pratibha is a popular home chef and loves to prepare some amazing Indian dishes. A foodie to the core she enjoys other cuisines too. She has been cooking since childhood and often prepares meals for her family, friends, and even strangers. Her motto in life: “Always be prepared!”

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