Ever wonder if you can freeze pancakes? Don’t worry this post has you covered with step-by-step directions and tips for freezing pancakes.
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There is something so wonderful about freshly made pancakes for breakfast. With syrup and butter, they are oh-so-good!
However, mornings can be too hectic to whip up pancakes from scratch, which results in pre-packaged frozen pancakes which are nowhere near as good as the homemade version. Instead, why not make your favorite pancake recipe and freeze it for later? They can be reheated in the microwave or toaster and taste much better than anything from a box.
How to Freeze Pancakes (step-by-step)
Freezing pancakes is simple and a convenient way to have fresh-out-the-toaster pancakes in the morning on any given day. Below are the steps to freeze pancakes so they don’t stick together and are ready to be reheated when you need a quick breakfast:
- Make pancakes in your pan or griddle. Remove onto a plate and let the pancakes cool down completely.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment, wax paper, a silicone mat, or plastic wrap (do not use aluminum foil).
- Place pancakes on the lined baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer.
- Freeze the pancakes, for 30 minutes to 1-hour minimum, before transferring the frozen pancakes from the tray into a sealable, zip bag.
- Label the zip bag with the pancake batch and date.
More of a visual learner? No problem. I’ll walk you through everything in this quick, 2 minute video.
How to Reheat Pancakes
Now that you know how to properly freeze pancakes, let’s talk about the best way to reheat them.
You can warm up a frozen pancake in the microwave by placing the pancakes on a microwave-safe plate and microwaving them uncovered for 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the number of pancakes, until the centers are heated through.
You can also toast the pancakes in a toaster or toaster oven on a “medium” toast setting. Warming up the pancakes in the toaster will give them a crispy outer layer.
Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?
You can freeze just about anything including pancake batter! This is a prep-ahead tip that you can mix up, freeze, and defrost the night before you plan to cook. It saves time and the pancakes still turn out light and fluffy.
If you want to freeze pancake batter, follow the steps below:
Prepare your pancake batter as directed.
Transfer the batter to a large, freezer-safe zip bag, and seal. Label the container with the date, place it on a baking sheet, and freeze flat before removing it from the baking sheet. Freeze for up to 1 month.
The night before your pancake breakfast, defrost the pancake batter in the fridge overnight. Using kitchen scissors, cut one tip of the bag and pipe the pancakes onto a preheated griddle or pan.
The best part about making homemade pancakes is that you can tailor them to your family’s preferences and allergies, like with this gluten-free pancake recipe. Double or triple the recipe, freeze the leftovers, and stash them away for a yummy breakfast or breakfast for lunch!
How to Freeze Pancakes
Grab your favorite pancakes and get ready to freeze them with this simple step-by-step method.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour
- Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Make your favorite pancakes and allow them to fully cool.
- Put the pancakes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until fully frozen.
- Once the pancakes are completely frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place them inside your freezer-safe bag or container.
- Label your bag or container with a permanent marker.
- When you’re ready to eat the pancakes, remove the desired number and reheat them in either the microwave, toaster oven, or oven until warm.