Last updated on September 16th, 2022 at 09:09 am
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Pita bread (also called just pita) is yeast-leavened bread baked from wheat flour. Originating in the Middle East and a popular Mediterranean cuisine item, these round flatbreads are used to wrap kebabs, gyros, or falafel like sandwiches. They are also used to scoop sauces, dips, and hummus.
You made some gyros for dinner and have several pitas left over, or maybe you bought too many. For one reason or another, if you have extra pita bread and want to save it for later, can you freeze it?
When you have extra food that you don’t want to go bad within just a few days, freeze it! Freezing food can help it to last for weeks or even months. Then all you have to do is thaw, and reheat the food to eat it later.
There are some foods you cannot freeze but there are also many you can freeze. Pita bread is a food that can be frozen. This is great if you have leftover pita bread you don’t want to go bad in just a few days.
Packaged pita bread is supposed to be kept at room temperature and only lasts for about a week. You shouldn’t try to refrigerate the pita bread because this can cause it to go stale more quickly.
To keep the flatbread good for longer than just a few days, store it in the freezer. This will help it to last for about 3 months. Keep in mind that the longer it is frozen, the dryer the pita bread will become. But, yes, you can freeze pita bread.
Does Pita Bread Go Bad In The Freezer?
Pita bread is delicious and pairs well with hummus or as a wrap for gyro meat. Now that we know you can freeze pita bread, you may be wondering, does pita bread go bad in the freezer?
Pita bread lasts for up to 3 months in the freezer. It will remain safe to eat after this time but will begin to lose quality the longer it is frozen. Freezing pita bread can help to keep it good for longer so you can enjoy it weeks or months later.
According to StillTasty, “To maximize the shelf life of packaged pita bread, keep tightly closed in original packaging and store at room temperature. Properly stored, packaged pita bread will last for about 5 to 7 days at normal room temperature…Packaged pita bread should ideally not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature. If you must refrigerate packaged pita bread…the bread will typically last for only about 3 to 4 days before getting stale.”
Further on this article, we will discuss how exactly to freeze pita bread. Freezing preserves the flatbread keeping it good. But saying this, pita bread doesn’t really go bad in the freezer but it can lose some of its quality.
You shouldn’t freeze pita bread for longer than 3 months. It is still safe to eat after this but just won’t taste as good. When stored in the freezer, over time its quality decreases and it won’t taste as good as it did when it was fresh.
So, if you are storing pita bread in the freezer, be sure to use it up within 3 months for best results. The best way to preserve pita bread is to store it in the freezer and if it is stored properly and used before that 3 month mark, it will still be good.
How Do You Freeze And Reheat Pita Bread?
Freezing pita bread is a great way to save it for later. That way you can have the soft flatbreads for meals later on. But how exactly do you freeze and reheat pita bread?
You can freeze pita bread in its original packaging wrapped in aluminum foil or you can place a square of parchment paper between each pita and seal in an airtight bag. To reheat pita bread, thaw it at room temperature and then heat as normal.
Freezing pita bread is a great way to help it stay good for longer. You should store it properly for best results. To do this, there are some simple guidelines to freezing pita bread. If the pita bread is packaged, then it is fine to freeze it like this. Just wrap it up in some aluminum foil and store in the freezer.
If the pita bread is packaged or if you want to move the flatbread to another package besides its original one, just place a piece of parchment paper between each piece of pita bread and then seal them all up in an airtight bag.
Now, you can freeze until you want to use them. Reheating pita bread is easy to do as well.
Before you reheat the pita bread, you will want to thaw it. To do this, you can just leave the whole package sitting on the counter until it is defrosted. You can also defrost the pita bread in the microwave by sprinkling some water on it and heating it up for a few seconds.
To reheat the pita bread, you can do so in several ways. Reheat yout pita bread by flame-warming it or using an oven, skillet, or microwave. In no time you will have soft and yummy flatbread for your meal.
For flame-warmed pita bread, you can use a gas-powered stove, portable camper stove, or a barbeque to heat the flatbread. In the oven it will only take a few minutes to heat up.
Using a skillet or microwave will only take a few seconds to heat pita bread.
You can freeze pita bread to save it for later. This is simple and easy to do and by following the tips mentioned in this article on how to freeze the pita bread properly you can save it for up to 3 months.
After this, the flatbreads will lose quality and so if you want good pita bread, eat it within a few months of being frozen. So, if you have extra pita bread from a meal, and want to store it long-term by freezing it, you can.