Once you start baking bread, it’s only natural to shop for bakery bags. There’s no denying that giving someone a fresh-baked loaf is more fun when it looks professionally wrapped. So, fresh from my own hunt for the best way to gift sourdough to friends, here are some recommendations worth trying!
The only thing better than a fresh loaf of sourdough is a fresh loaf of sourdough someone made you and wrapped in a clean bakery bag. Presentation, am I right? Finding the right bakery bags, however, can be challenging. “It doesn’t have to be fancy; we just don’t want to hand it over in a plastic grocery bag,” lamented one online commenter, Janet, in a 2015 post at The Fresh Loaf.
Responses to Janet’s request about better ways to wrap bread loaves ranged from wax paper to brown paper lunch bags. One commenter suggested wrapping loaves in tea towels that are also part of the gifts: “I place the loaf in the middle and tie opposite corners together and make knots. The last knot makes a handle to carry,” said a user named Mini Oven. Others liked plastic bread bags, the kind you can tie up at the end; parchment paper you wrap up and tie with string; wicker baskets; or bakery boxes, though they can run $1 apiece.
Online, bread bags come in different sizes and materials; small bags, the kind designed for quick breads, are easier to find. You can also buy various options from restaurant suppliers, but you’ll have to buy by the case if you do.
What I Wanted in a Bread Bag
Because I wanted a solution that would work with both round sourdough loaves and sandwich breads, I wanted a wider bread bag than most. It would need to be at least seven or eight inches wide and, ideally, deep enough to accommodate thick loaves.
The Bakery Bags I Bought for My Bread
What I ended up buying were a $12 pack of 30 paper bags with front windows (8.3 x 13 x 3.5 inches). They’re perfect. Sadly, they’re already sold out or unavailable now. Click that affiliate link, and you’ll see two other styles still available, both of which have some writing or design. If you prefer a plain bag like I did, a similar option that’s just slightly smaller would be this $14 pack of 50 bread bags (6.5 x 12.8 x 4 inches), made by the same company. They look just like what my favorite bakery in Nashville (option two in this list) uses to wrap up its breads.
Other Bakery Bread Bags Worth Checking Out
If you’re in the market for bread bags, let me save you a few hours of research because, yes, it really could take that long. Figure out how big your loaves are, and explore these great possibilities:
- My Next Best Option: a $13 50-pack of loaf-sized paper bags with front windows. If I were ordering more today, I’d probably go with this option. Priced at about a quarter a piece, these bags are slightly smaller than the ones I have, but they could probably fit most loaves. (measurement: 8.3 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches)
- The Baguette Answer: A $7 25-pack of skinny bread bags with front windows. These bags would only work for skinnier breads, but, if you bake a lot of baguettes, they’re perfect. (measurement: 3.5 x 2 x 24 inches)
- When You’re Ready to Open a Bakery: Bulk 12″ x 15″ bread bags from Web Restaurant Store. You order by the case from a site like WebRestaurantStore.com, which means 1000 paper bags for $38.99. While, at first glance, this works out to be around four cents a bag, you’ll also have to pay around $20 shipping, at least if you’re anywhere near Tennessee. Still though, $60 for 1000 is less than six cents each, so the only real downside is 1000 bags!? Several commenters say they work great for bread. (measurement: 12 x 15 inches)
- One More Bulk Option: Large brown kraft bakery bags from MrTakeoutBags.com. Recommended by bread baker and recipe developer Melissa Johnson on Instagram, MrTakeoutBags.com is another online provider that offers bulk bags at great rates. Here you can order a case of 500 for $55.85, not including shipping. (measurement: 8.5 x 4.5 x 15 inches)
If geeking out about bakery bags is your idea of fun, you might be a bread baker. You also might appreciate some of the other bread-related posts previously posted on this site! Head over to the Sourdough category page to read more!
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