Pita Bread has an amazingly unique taste and texture and because it is baked from wheat flour it is much more healthy in comparison to regular bread.
Now, in my opinion, Pita Bread tastes best when it’s fresh which is why you need to properly store it.
So that’s why in this article I am gonna guide you step by step on how to properly store pita bread (both store-bought and homemade) to make them last longer and still keep them fresh.
How to Store Pita Bread (Store-Bought)
Storing Store Bought Pita Bread for a Short Time
Now if you are planning to consume your store-bought pita bread within a few days and want to maximize freshness, store it in a cool, dry area of your home.
If you have already opened the packaging, remember to reseal it properly in its original packaging and store it at room temperature. Properly stored, packaged pita bread will last for about 5 to 7 days at normal room temperature.
Packaged pita bread should not be refrigerated, as the bread will dry out and become stale faster than at room temperature.
But if for some reason you decide to refrigerate packaged pita bread, the bread will typically last for only about 3 to 4 days before getting stale.
Storing Pita Bread for a long time in the Freezer
To freeze store-bought Pita Bread in its original packaging, simply wrap the package tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag before freezing. The additional layer will provide extra protection against freezer burn. You should also freeze your pita bread before the best before date on its packaging.
Packaged pita bread that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely. But for best quality consume within 3 months, remember that the longer it is frozen, the dryer it will become.
Defrosting Frozen Pita Bread
Thawing is as easy as leaving it on the countertop until thawed. You don’t have to remove it from the freezer bag or packaging; just thaw it in the same packaging as you froze it in.
You can also sprinkle some water on an individual loaf and heat it in the microwave for about 10 seconds to thaw it quicker.
How to Store Homemade Pita Bread
Homemade Pita Bread is both delicious, as well as inexpensive to make. Once you have made your homemade Pita, store it at room temperature in a bread box for at a maximum of 2 days.
For longer storage of homemade Pita Bread try storing it in the freezer. You should wrap your Pita Bread individually in plastic wrap, before placing them in freezer bags before freezing. You can store it for up to a month in the freezer.
Now just like store-bought Pita Bread, Homemade Pita should not be refrigerated as it will dry out.
How to Store Homemade Pita Chips
Home made pita chips are easy to store, but before storing make sure that the pita chips are completely cooled. Then store them in an airtight container or ziplock bag at room temperature for 3 days and up to 1 week.
How to Store Pita Dough
If you have made Pita Dough and are not planning to cook it, then the dough must be kept in the refrigerator. To refrigerate Pita Dough, prepare the dough through the first rise, then punch it down. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to a week.
Pita dough can be kept for six months to one year in the freezer as long as it’s wrapped very well. If you cut the dough into smaller portions, simply wrap each section tightly with plastic wrap before freezing. The dough will last the best if you put your freezer to -10 F. When you’re ready to use your dough, defrost and put it through the second rise before baking as normal in the oven.