How Long Does Garlic Bread Last In The Freezer?

Warm, buttery garlic bread is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This savory, melt-in-your-mouth side dish has gotten upgrades in recipe variations throughout the years. Celebrity chefs like Guy Fieri and Ina Garten have even shared their own twists on the classic side. Though there are numerous variations, the basics stay the same: bread, butter, and garlic. And although it is most often thought of as an Italian dish, the garlic bread that we know and love today may have actually been an American invention that was inspired by garlic-rubbed bruschetta.

Regardless of its origins, it is the perfect complement to pasta, soup, pizza, or chicken dinner. Frozen garlic bread is often found at most grocery stores with an expiration date clearly printed on the box. However, when you are freezing homemade garlic bread, how will you know when to toss out that long-forgotten bag at the back of the freezer or plan a last-minute use for it all?

Prep ahead for an easy side dish

Making garlic bread ahead of time to freeze is a great time saver ahead of a busy weeknight schedule. It is easy to prepare and freeze, and your future self will thank you for planning ahead. Making garlic bread at home also allows you to use fresher ingredients, different kinds of bread, and any amount of garlic that you may want.

Registered nurse and food content creator Michelle Blackwood writes that homemade garlic bread can be frozen for up to three months. Once made, the slices can be placed into freezer-friendly plastic bags, sealed, and frozen. When you decide it is time to bake the frozen garlic bread, Blackwood says that there is no need to thaw it. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and place the frozen pieces onto a baking tray, buttered side up. You will know it has finished cooking once the butter has melted completely into the bread and the edges start to look crisp. Blackwood says that this could be around five minutes.

So the next time that you're looking for the perfect side dish in a pinch, reach into your freezer and reheat some delicious homemade garlic bread.