Depending on different factors, such as the storage method and its preparation, packaged bread can last up to 7 days past the printed date given if stored in the pantry or up to 6 months in a freezer. Fresh bread bought at a bakery can last between 2 to 3 days in the pantry and up to 6 months in the freezer.
To store bakery-fresh bread properly, it is a good idea to place it in a paper bag instead of a plastic one. However, the bread tends to become hard more quickly. Packaged, sliced bread that comes in a plastic bag should be kept in the plastic bag. Although it is possible to store packaged bread in the refrigerator, it can dry out more quickly.