Pancakes are the perfect breakfast – or breakfast for dinner.
But it takes a good 20 minutes to make pancake batter, so you may wonder if you can make a big batch, then freeze portions for later.
Or perhaps you’ve accidentally made too much and know you won’t finish up the leftovers for a few weeks.
Here’s the good news: pancake batter freezes really well.
Below, we’ll take you through exactly how to freeze pancake batter – the easy way and the way to save freezer space – plus if it’s the right option.
Here’s the lowdown: You can freeze pancake batter in airtight containers in the freezer for up to 2 months. Your pancakes will turn out exactly the same as usual once you’ve cooked them up!
Should You Freeze Your Leftover Pancake Batter?
Freezing leftover pancake batter is a great idea, particularly if you already know you’re not going to use up the batter within a few days.
The good news is that your pancake batter will experience little separation – even if it has eggs in it. You might have to give it a quick stir, but then it will be back to normal.
Once you’ve cooked your pancakes, you won’t notice the difference between thawed and regular batter.
How To Freeze Pancake Batter
How To Freeze Pancake Batter The Simple Way
Wondering how to freeze your freshly made pancake batter? Simply follow the instructions below:
- If you’ve got a lot of batter, portion it out. It’s a lot easier that way – before it’s frozen into one big solid mass.
- Transfer the portions into airtight containers and freeze.
That’s it! This is the super fast, simple way to freeze pancake batter.
Freezing Pancake Batter To Save Space In Your Freezer
So you’ve got way too much pancake batter, but you don’t have enough freezer space to portion out each into an individual airtight container.
Don’t worry – there’s a way to freeze pancake batter and take up the minimal amount of freezer space necessary. Follow these step-by-step instructions:
- Pour your pancake batter into deep muffin tins or ice cube trays.
- Cover with cling film or aluminum foil to protect from freezer burn.
- Flash freeze for 2 hours.
- Now your batter has been frozen into portion-sized chunks, transfer them all to an airtight container, and pop that in the freezer.
Even though this method is a little more time-consuming, it doesn’t take long and keeps your freezer nice and organized!
How To Thaw Pancake Batter
Defrosting pancake batter is just as simple as freezing it.
Do some planning ahead, and thaw your pancake batter in the refrigerator overnight.
If you’re short on time, put your container of pancake batter in a lukewarm bowl of water for 1-2 hours.
Not confident that you’ll remember to thaw your pancake batter in advance?
Flash-freezing your pancake batter in small portions will help it to thaw faster.
How Long You Can Expect Your Frozen Pancake Batter To Last
Here’s the great news: pancake batter lasts for two months in the freezer. You can even use the batter a few weeks past this date, but expect the quality to depreciate gradually.
As a general rule of thumb, the sooner you thaw and cook up your pancake batter, the better!
Other Ways To Store Leftover Pancake Batter
Your pancake batter will only last about three days in the refrigerator, so freezing is a good shout.
However, if you do choose to refrigerate your leftover pancake batter, just make sure you store it in an airtight container.
The Summary Of Freezing Pancake Batter
To summarize, here’s everything you need to know about freezing pancake batter:
- You can freeze any pancake matter, no matter the mix or if it’s got eggs in (but here’s our favorite recipe).
- Expect your pancake batter to last up to 2 months in your freezer.
- Pancake batter only lasts three days in the refrigerator.