Naan is a leavened flatbread found across Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Fortunately, many large supermarkets also stock naan bread, but they often come in multipacks. So, what do you do with any leftover naans?
Can You Freeze Naan Bread?
Yes, you can freeze naan bread for up to 3 months. It doesn’t matter whether you’re freezing store-bought, homemade or takeaway naan bread. They all will keep in the freezer.
How to Freeze Naan Bread
It is really simple to freeze naan bread, just like many bread products. If you have store-bought naan bread and haven’t opened them, there is no need to transfer them to any separate bags, you can simply freeze them in their original packaging.
However, if you are freezing homemade naans or leftovers from the local takeaway, there are a few more steps to take:
- Leave to Cool
Firstly, let the naans cool to room temperature. Putting anything warm into a freezer is never a good idea.
- Place on a Baking Tray
Once cold, place the naan breads on to a baking tray, ensuring that the breads aren’t touching. Put the entire baking tray into the freezer and leave for 2-3 hours.
- Remove, Wrap and Freeze
When the naans are frozen, remove them from the freezer and place them into individual airtight boxes or ziplock bags or wrap them in aluminium foil. Label and place back into the freezer.
Yes, you can freeze naan dough. Portion it into balls, wrap each ball in clingfilm and then place the wrapped naan dough into a bag.
Freeze With a Butter Round
I love making compound butter. Knock together a coriander and garlic butter, cut a disc off and wrap it in cling film. Pop this in the bag with the naans so it’s ready for brushing over the frozen naan when you heat them up.
How Long Can You Freeze Naan Bread?
Whether your naan was store-bought, homemade or from a takeaway, naan bread can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Beyond this 3-month period, the bread is likely to be safe to eat but you will find it has become dry and brittle – two words you probably don’t want to use when describing naan bread.
Naan bread lasts in the fridge for about 5-7 days. Ensure it’s stored in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
How Do You Defrost Naan Bread?
Naan tends to turn out to be unnecessarily chewy when it’s frozen and defrosted inappropriately. The most efficient way to defrost a naan bread is to do this gradually so that it doesn’t get saturated due to temperature changes.
To do this, take the naan bread out of the freezer and place it in the fridge, leaving it to defrost and thaw gently for a couple of hours.
When it comes to reheating naan bread, the microwave is the best method. You only want to microwave a defrosted naan for a few seconds (10-20 at most), as microwaving it for too long could result in chewy, tough naan bread.
A tip when reheating your naan bread this way is to make sure there is some water in the microwave when the naan bread is heating to help the bread relax.
This could be sprinkling water over the top of the naan bread itself or you could half fill a microwave-safe glass or mug with water and place it alongside the bread whilst it is in the microwave.
Yes, you can cook naan bread from frozen. Preheat your oven to 200°C and place the frozen naan bread on a baking sheet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the bread is heated through and golden brown.
Can You Refreeze Naan Bread?
Yes, you can refreeze naan bread but do so with caution.
Refreezing bread products can degrade the texture and taste of the bread, so the two best rules to follow are as follows.
First, refreeze within 48 hours of thawing so that you limit how stale the bread can go once it has been thawed.
Second, only refreeze the naan bread once. Ideally, you wouldn’t need to refreeze naan bread but if you do have to, do so only once otherwise the texture and taste of the naan bread will be compromised to the point that it’s no longer enjoyable to eat.
Does Naan Bread Freeze Well?
Yes, naan bread will freeze well and are a really handy item to have in the freezer!
They are easy to defrost and can be used with a variety of dishes, so a great item to have to hand to elevate your dinner dish and impress any guests.
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