Irish soda bread is made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast. In the mid 19th century, Irish bread bakers began using baking soda to compensate for a lack of hard wheat flour, which requires yeast for leavening. Store Irish soda bread at room temperature or in the freezer depending on how long you want to enjoy this hearty bread.
Cut cooled Irish soda bread into quarters or leave it whole for serving purposes and for storage. Completely cook the Irish soda bread before freezing.
Wrap a full loaf or the separate quarters of soda bread in cling film. Store and serve the bread at room temperature for two or three days.
Protect Irish soda bread for freezing by double wrapping. Wrap the loaf or quarters in cling film. Place the wrapped bread in a sturdy plastic freezer bag. Freeze the bread for no longer than two weeks.
Thaw completely before slicing and serving frozen Irish soda bread. Place in a 150C oven for 10 minutes to soften and freshen the bread before serving.
Frozen bread tends to get stale quickly after thawing.