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You can easily freeze pancake batter for up to 3 months without any significant loss and quality. Simply portion the pancake batter, place it in an airtight container and freeze it.
How to Freeze Pancake Batter
Pancakes are light, fluffy and delicious breakfast foods. In fact, they also work well for dinner or snacks. Despite their yummy flavor, they do take a while to make. First you have to whip up your batter, then you have to cook them on a griddle.
If you love to make pancakes regularly, you may be looking for ways to decrease the time spent when you make them which can be done by making batter in bulk. Or, you may have whipped up a batch of pancake batter and it's simply way bigger and making more pancakes than you need.
Unfortunately, pancake batter does not last very long in the refrigerator and so you need a way to extend its shelf life. Luckily, pancake batter freezes super well and only takes just a few minutes to package it up to freeze it. The process is almost identical to freezing applesauce, freezing mascarpone cheese and freezing buttercream frosting.
Note: The one thing to watch out for is that when cooked, your pancakes may be slightly less fluffy.
Decide what portions you'll be using when you defrost it. Since it's not good to refreeze pancake batter and since it doesn't last super long in the fridge if you make sure that you freeze it in appropriate portion sizes you can just pull out the amount you need each time.
Use either an air container or a freezer bag and spoon or pour the portioned pancake batter into it.
The pancake batter will expand a little when it freezes so be sure to leave an inch or two of space between the batter and the lid of your container or between the batter and the top of your freezer bag.
Place the lid on your container or if using a freezer bag zip it shut.
Note: The less air in the container the better the quality will be maintained. So, try to use a container that isn't a lot larger than the amount of batter You are freezing. And if you're using a freezer bag, make sure to press any extra air out as you zip it shut.
Label your container or bag with the date. Then toss it into the freezer.
Note: if using a freezer bag, it's best to press the batter flat in the bag before freezing it so that it takes up less space and it's easier to store in the freezer.
How to Defrost Pancake Batter
The best way to defrost pancake batter and maintain the best texture and quality is by taking it out of the freezer and placing it in the fridge overnight to thaw. Once it's thawed, you may experience a little bit of separation which can be easily fixed by stirring the batter well.
It may be tempting to speed up the defrosting process by setting it at room temperature on the counter or by running it underwater. However, these methods can lead to a degradation in safety and quality.
If you've frozen your pancake batter and freezer bags, you can clip one of the bottom corners off of it and pour it onto your griddle that way.
Freezing Pancake Batter FAQ
How long does pancake batter last in the fridge?
Pancake batter only lasts a few days in the fridge.
How long does pancake batter stay good frozen?
Pancake batter stays good for upwards of 3 months when frozen without really losing much quality. It does stay safe to eat for much longer than that when frozen, but the quality will slowly degrade over time.
Can you freeze pancake batter made with eggs?
Yes, you can freeze pancake batter made with eggs following the method above.
Can you refreze pancake batter?
No, it's not recommended to refreeze pancake batter. Re freezing pancake batter can cause a significant decrease in quality and texture as well as safety. This is why it's important to freeze it in portion sizes that you'll use when you thaw it.
How to Freeze Pancake Batter
- airtight container
- marker or pen
- freezer bags
- Pancake Batter
- Whip up your favorite pancake batter.
- Portion it out into the amounts you will want to cook once defrosted.
- Spoon or pour your portions into individual freezer bags or airtight containers.note: if using a container, try to size it so that there is only 1 - 2 inches of space between the batter and the lid. This will help prevent freezer burn or texture degradation
- Seal the package up by pressing all the air from the bag and zipping it shut. Or, simply pressing the lid onto the top of your container.
- Label the outside of the package with the date and lay it flat in the freezer.