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12 how to freeze muffin batter

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

Can you freeze muffin batter? YES!

how to freeze muffin batter

This is a common question that members of the MOMables staff get continually, and the answer is YES. You can freeze your muffin batter. Having frozen muffin batter in your freezer ensures that you can have freshly baked muffins almost any time you please. Muffins are so versatile and can be enjoyed with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack.

By freezing the muffin batter in paper liners, it makes your job easier. It’s so much easier to just simply take out the paper liner and bake it.

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It really is as simple as that! All you have to do is take them out of the freezer, place them into the tin, and bake. Add a few more minutes of baking time if you take the batter directly out of the freezer.

I usually use a freezer-safe bag to store my muffin batter because that is what works best in our small freezer. I place my frozen muffin batter in the bag and try to squeeze out as much air as I possibly can. I then take that bag and place it in another freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. When my bag is empty, I then rinse it, let it dry, and use it again for the next batch. I reuse the bag as many times as I can.

How to Freeze Muffin Batter

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Ingredients

  • Paper liners
  • Muffin/cupcake tin
  • Your favorite muffin recipe
  • Freezer-safe container or bag

Instructions

  1. Place paper liners in your muffin/cupcake tin.
  2. Follow your muffin recipe, and mix the ingredients well.
  3. Scoop out your muffin batter into the paper liners.
  4. Place the entire muffin tin in the freezer (on a flat surface) and freeze until solid (at least 2 hours).
  5. Once the muffin batter is completely frozen, take the paper liners out of the tin and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  6. Return the batter to the freezer.
  7. When you’re ready to bake the muffins, place the liners inside the muffin tin as needed, and bake accordingly (adding a few minutes to the baking time if taken immediately from the freezer)

Notes

Muffin batter can be stored up to 3 months in the freezer.
Using a large ice cream scoop can ensure that you divide the batter equally for each muffin.

 

9 how to freeze waffles

How to Freeze Waffles

Did you know you can freeze waffles?

how to freeze waffles

I love breakfast foods, especially waffles. To me, waffles are a lazy man’s pancake. You pour your pancake mix into the waffle iron, close it, and wait for it to ring when it’s ready.

That’s it! It means no hovering over the stovetop or the griddle, or watching the batter to see when you have to flip it. And sometimes you make the mistake of doing too many things at once, and some pancakes burn (not that I would know anything about that). So I love to have waffles for breakfast on those days where I can’t seem to shake off the sleepiness.

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My secret to having waffles on those days is that I actually raid my freezer stash. I am not a morning person, and sometimes even pouring the batter into the waffle iron is too much. I just dive into my freezer stash and reheat the waffles. I can then enjoy a few moments with my coffee, and breakfast is done!

I usually use a freezer-safe bag to store my waffles. My waffle iron can make four waffles at a time, and I can fit 8 waffles in a gallon-size freezer bag. I squeeze out as much air as possible and double-bag the waffles in order to prevent freezer burn. To help my waffles cool faster, I let them cool on a wire rack.

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How to Freeze Waffles

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Ingredients

  • Your favorite waffle mix
  • Waffle iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Cook the waffles and allow them to fully cool down.
  2. Place the waffles on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet.
  3. Put the baking sheet into the freezer until the waffles are fully frozen, for about 2 hours.
  4. Once the waffles are frozen, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Use a permanent marker to label the freezer bag or container.
  6. When reheating the waffles, you can use the microwave, toaster, or oven to reheat and enjoy.

Notes

Waffles can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
MOM Tip: If you’re using a freezer-safe bag to store the waffles, try to squeeze out as much air as possible in order to prevent freezer burn. Also, using two bags helps as well.

 

how to freeze berries

How to Freeze Berries

Did you know that you can freeze berries?

how to freeze berries

Freezing berries is something that I have been doing for years now. Those extra berries that are on the verge of being too ripe? I freeze them. There is an amazing sale at the grocery store, but you usually think it will be too much to eat at the moment, right? I freeze my extras. By freezing berries during their peak season, you can enjoy them all throughout the year! You can freeze them whole, or you can freeze sliced berries. Either way works the same.

I used to be guilty of throwing away those last fruits that had been forgotten at the back of the fridge. Freezing berries was one of the ways I found that saved my fruit from being thrown out, and in turn saved me money. Every time you end up throwing fruit out, you are essentially throwing your money into the trash.

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So next time it’s the dead of winter, and you find yourself wanting blueberry muffins but blueberries aren’t in season anymore, check your freezer stash!

Frozen berries can be used in many recipes; pancakes, muffins, smoothies, and cookies. My daughter especially enjoys using the various frozen fruits in our freezer to make frozen yogurt shapes.

MOM Tip: Try to get all of the air out of the freezer-safe bag in order to prevent freezer burn.

How to Freeze Berries

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Ingredients

  • Berries of choice; blueberries and strawberries shown above
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry your berries completely.
  2. Place the berries on a baking sheet.
  3. Put the baking sheet in the freezer and allow them to fully freeze for about 2 hours.
  4. Place the berries into the freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Use a permanent marker to label the bag or container.
  6. When you’re ready to use the berries, take out desired amount and add to your recipe.

Notes

Frozen berries can last up to 3 months in the freezer.

 

34 diy pancake make

DIY Pancake Mix

Do you ever want a homemade pancake mix that isn’t full of all of those unknown ingredients you get in the boxed versions?

diy pancake make

There is something so wonderful about pancakes for breakfast! Our entire family loves breakfast foods. Breakfast for dinner is quite common, and if it were up to me, I could eat breakfast three times a day! One of our favorite breakfast meals is pancakes.

Sometimes I make them from scratch, but other times, especially in the morning, I reach for that boxed pancake mix. Everything is already mixed, and it just comes together so much faster. Plus, I’m not a morning person, so I’m going with what is easier. Here at MOMables, we’ve done the work for you so that you can go with easier too—the homemade version.

When you stop to think about it, what is really in that box? The basic ingredients for pancakes are all the same. So why not make your own boxed pancake mix? I finally did it, and let me tell you, I am never going back to the box! Not only are these mixes easy to put together, it ends up saving you money. You can even have your kids help out to make the mixes too so you can stock up your pantry!

Leftover pancakes (if there are any) could easily be put into a lunch for the next day.

 

DIY Pancake Mix

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Ingredients

For the DIY Pancake Mix bag:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (depending on preference)

To cook One DIY Pancake Mix Bag:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a zip bag or air-tight container, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

With a permanent marker, write on the outside of the bag to add:

  1. (1 1/4) cups milk
  2. (1) egg
  3. (3) tablespoons butter, melted (optional)

To use DIY Pancake Mix:

  1. Pour all the dry ingredients into a medium-size bowl. Add the milk, egg and butter, if using. Mix well to combine. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the pan or griddle over medium heat. Wait until bubbles form to flip.
  2. Serve with fruit, syrup, or whatever else you prefer.

Notes

This recipe makes approximately 10 to 12 pancakes.
If you’re adding melted butter to your mixes, make sure to use unsalted butter (or lower the amount of salt you use per mix.)
You can substitute half the amount of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour if desired.

 

3 how to freeze milk

How to Freeze Milk

Can milk be frozen? Yes, it can!

how to freeze milk

There are some food items and liquids you are just never quite sure if they can be frozen or not. Rest assured, milk can be frozen. There are a few things you need to know about freezing milk first. One is that milk expands when freezing. So when you are freezing your milk, make sure that you have space in your container for it to expand.

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The other thing you need to know about milk is that it will separate while frozen. The milk and fat will separate, but that will not ruin the milk. Just shake the milk when it is thawed, and it’s as good as new!

Milk is very simple to freeze. You can actually freeze it in its original plastic container if you want. There is no need to go buy a specific container to freeze your milk! Just make sure to remove some of the milk from the top. This works out great if you have a half-gallon of milk in the fridge and are just about to go on vacation or travel.

Knowing that the milk could go bad while you are gone might make you want to dump the milk. You no longer have to do that—you can freeze it instead. Freeze your milk so that when you get back from your vacation, you can just thaw it out and use it promptly.

With your milk, you can make some smoothies or homemade chocolate milk among many other things!

How to Freeze Milk

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Ingredients

  • Milk, in either a plastic or glass freezer-safe container

Instructions

  1. Place the milk in your freezer in its original plastic container or glass freezer-safe container.
  2. Make sure to leave room to allow the milk to expand, so remove some milk if needed.
  3. When you’re ready to use the frozen milk, allow it to thaw in the fridge.

Notes

Milk can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Consume thawed milk within 3-4 days.

 

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