Want to learn how to freeze pancakes? In this post we cover anything and everything you need to know: from freezing to reheating and everything in between
I have a confession to make: I just love pancakes so much I could marry them like I’m not even joking that’s how much I love a good fluffy pancake but the truth is sometimes I just want to roll out of the bed and eat a stack, not make it from scratch.
And I know I’m not the only one. Sure I could probably drive to the nearest breakfast restaurant but honestly when it’s Monday and you just want to drown your sorrows in pancakes before going to work it’s not possible.
So, the freezer comes to the rescue, freeze pancakes and has fresh pancakes every day, it’s like magic! So this is a complete guide on how to freeze pancakes.
How to freeze pancakes is the best kitchen hack you need in your life, not only you are going to be able to have pancakes 24/7 without needing to actually cook them, but if you plan to host a big brunch, a pancake party or a morning gathering this will literally save your life (because honestly, who has time to bake pancakes the day of a party?!?)
You can consider this the ultimate Freezing Pancakes Guide.
There’s a tutorial on how to freeze pancakes, how to thaw pancakes, how long can you keep pancakes in your freezer, how to reheat frozen pancakes, some of the best freezer friendly pancake recipes and a couple of other tips and tricks from other resources just in case you want to read more opinions.
What I’m saying is that this article is jam packed with all the good information, and every important category is marked with a huge title so you can just scroll to the points that you want to read.
Important note: Frozen Pancakes taste just like the real deal when frozen, thawed, and heated properly. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, don’t believe them, they are trying to keep you away from enjoying pancakes every day.
How to Freeze Pancakes
- Cook your pancakes like you would normally do and let them cool until they are no longer hot (seriously let them really cool down)
- Stack them one on top of another separated by wax paper, this will prevent them from sticking together. If you are not feeling like cutting wax paper into squares, you can also layer all your pancakes in a cookie tray and take to the freezer for 1 hour, then continue to the next step
- Place the pancakes inside a freezer friendly bag or a freezer friendly container (the ones that don’t let the cool air come in) and pop in te freezer.
Seriously, those are the only steps you need to follow if you want to freeze pancakes. I’m pretty sure it took you more time to read how to freeze pancakes than it will actually take you to freeze them.
How to Thaw Pancakes
Great now you learned how to freeze pancakes and have a stack waiting for you in the freezer how can you thaw pancakes?
Well, my friend, you can thaw them in your fridge or use the microwave depending on how much time you have in your hands and ho much you want to eat pancakes
- Use the fridge: Move your pancakes from the freezer to the fridge and let them thaw overnight, they just reheat them
- Use the Microwave: Separate each frozen pancake. Grab a dish, add 1 paper towel (so it can grab the moisture) layer your packages and place into the microwave for around 1 minute. You can also keep using this method to reheat pancakes.
How to Reheat Frozen Pancakes
How to reheat frozen pancakes is one of the questions people ask the most when they want to freeze pancakes.
And actually, it’s pretty easy to do so. Like its probably one of the easiest steps of this how to freeze pancakes thing. There are a couple of options you have and the internet is full (like choke full) of different methods) but the ones that I prefer are:
- Microwave: Thaw and reheat in one single step. The result is a soft pancake which is my favorite type of pancakes + microwaving them allows you to reheat a bunch of pancakes at a time, especially handy if you are short on time or want to reheat a lot for a party
- Oven: Another great option if you want to reheat a lot. Place all you pancakes in a baking sheet, cover them with aluminium foil and bake for 6 minutes or until hot. If you want to take them to the next level, brush them with a bit of melted butter before baking
- The pan: I mean why this option isn’t more popular? Just add some butter to you pan, place your thawed pancake and cook them for a couple of seconds each side. The result is fresh tasting pancakes and in my opinion, you can’t really taste the difference from the ones made fresh. This is the method that I use when I’m all by myself and just want to reheat a pancake or 2.
How Long Can I Keep Pancakes in the Freezer
Ok, there are a lot of opinions about this one, but between 1 and 2 months for optimal freshness and texture. Can you keep them longer? TOTALLY, can you keep them less? OBVIOUSLY.
Can you freeze pancake batter?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: I mean, you can but it’s just a pain. The process of thawing the frozen batter takes more time than making it from scratch.
Once the batter is thawed it looks kind of cuddly and while the pancakes come out great it’s just not worth it. Trust me on this one.