Ezekiel 4:9 Bread: How Can I Thaw Frozen Bread?

Ezekiel 4:9 is a brand of sliced bread sold in grocery stores and health food markets around the United States. The bread is notable for its lack of wheat flour, making it a better choice for those with Celiac disease than “regular” bread.

The bread consists of lentils, millet, spelt, and other grains, and has a very high amount of protein compared to regular bread. The product is usually found in the frozen section, to maintain its freshness as it sells more slowly than cheaper, wheat-based breads. Thawing the bread is simple and can be done multiple ways.

Method 1

Remove the number of slices of bread you want to thaw. To wick away any excess moisture, place the bread slices on a plate lined with a paper towel and let it sit out for 30 minutes to 60 minutes, checking for completion of thaw after the 30 minute mark.

Alternatively, thaw bread in the fridge in the same fashion. The timing for this method will be double the time it takes to thaw bread at room temperature.

Thawing a whole loaf at room temperature will take about 6 hours, 12 hours if the whole loaf is thawed in the fridge.

Method 2

Wrap the entire loaf of bread in aluminum foil. Place in a 400-degree oven, checking for thaw completion every 5 minutes after the first 10 minutes of heating.

Method 3

Place slices of the bread in your toaster or toaster oven, if you are planning to eat the bread as toast. Toast for slightly longer than you would room-temperature bread.

Tips and Handy Advice

  • Microwaving bread to thaw it can cause the bread to become leathery, so avoid this method whenever possible.
  • Use thawed bread within one day.

References

  • Food for Life: Ezekiel 4:9® [http://foodforlife.com/sprouted-grain-difference/ezekiel-4-9.html]
  • Recipe Tips: Defrosting Bread [http://www.recipetips.com/kitchen-tips/t–1101/bread-storage-guide.asp#defrosting]
  • Prepared Pantry: Baking Bread and Your Freezer [http://www.preparedpantry.com/bakingbreadandyourfreezer.aspx]