Pancake batter can absolutely be frozen easily and successfully.
Since I love to make my own pancake batter at the comfort of my own home, adjusting its ingredients to my own preferences without adding any preservatives like the store-bought ones. I tend to make quite a large batch of pancake batter and store it the best way I can so that I can later on enjoy it.
With that said, I realized freezing the pancake batter might be the best option I have when it comes to keeping my batter intact and retaining its delicious taste and texture for quite some time.
Throughout this article, I am going to share with you everything you need to know to successfully and efficiently freeze your pancake batter:
How can I freeze pancake batter?
It literally couldn’t be any simpler. It doesn’t require more than three steps to freeze your pancake batter. One thing you need to keep in mind, though, is that pancake batter needs to be tightly sealed inside of a container to be protected from freezer burns and dryness.
Here are all the steps you need to freeze your pancake batter:
- Start by dividing your large batch of pancake batter into serving-sized portions. This way it is easier for you to only defrost the portion you need each time without having to defrost the whole batch.
- Pour each divided portion into a separate freezer-friendly container or tupperware box. Make sure not to overfill it and leave some room for it to expand.
- Seal each bow tightly with its lid. Label the boxes with the date of freezing and the contents of the box so that it is easier for you to later on distinguish it from all the other food in the freezer.
How long can pancake batter stay in the freezer?
If you followed the previously mentioned steps, expect the pancake batter to last in the freezer for up to 3 months without any change in taste or texture. If you do decide to cook them first before freezing, then cooked pancakes can last for 2 months in the freezer if they are tightly wrapped.
How to defrost pancake batter?
I prefer to transfer my frozen pan cake batter from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to slowly defrost overnight without rushing the whole process.
Before you go ahead and cook your pancakes. Make sure they are completely thawed, then give them a good stir and check if the consistency needs any addition of flour, milk, or water.
Tips to ensure successful freezing of the pancake batter:
- Freezing already cooked pancakes is actually a very good option that might even be better than freezing pancake batter. It will save you a lot of time as it will be ready to eat once it defrosts.
- One of the main advantages of making your own pancake batter is that you get to add whatever ingredients you want in the mix. Dried fruits, nuts, honey, and certain spices like nutmegtake pancakes to a whole new level.
- Don’t worry if your defrosted pancake batter seems to have separated due to the freezing process. A good stir to the mix is sufficient to incorporate everything together.
Frequently asked questions:
Here are a list of questions with their answers that I came across while I was doing extensive research on the topic.
Does the pancake batter freeze well?
Don’t worry about your pancake batter in the freezer. It is one of the best batters that can be frozen. So you can go ahead and place any leftover pancakes in the freezer instead of throwing it away. It will be perfect for up to 3 months.
In case you have found that your batter split after defrosting. Easy. Just give it a good stir and add whichever extra ingredients you need and that’s it. It will exactly like the freshly made one.
Can crepe batter be frozen?
Yes. Not only that it can easily be frozen, but also the steps of freezing are quite similar to that of the pancake batter. You will just have to divide the crepe batter batch into smaller portions and freeze each portion in a separate container.
Can pancakes be frozen?
Like it was mentioned before. Yes, ready-to-eat pancakes can be frozen. In fact, I prefer to freeze them as such, as it takes less time to reheat the already cooked frozen pancakes than to wait for them to first defrost and then cook them.
You can freeze already cooked pancakes in portions and separate individual ones with parchment paper.
Can I refreeze pancake batter?
Technically speaking, nothing’s wrong with refreezing your pancake batter, especially if you have defrosted it in the fridge. However, each time you attempt to freeze pancake batter, its moisture content will decrease. Meaning, it will be drier once cooked.
To avoid this, it is better to freeze the pancake batter in small separate portions so that you will just defrost the portion you will need instead of having leftovers.
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