You’ve made a delicious stack of pancakes and there’s still some batter leftover. You’re too stuffed to make any more, but you don’t want to waste such a tasty batch.
In fact, you envision using this batter later on in the week to whip up fresh, hot pancakes for breakfast. If there was only a way to preserve the batter while still maintaining its quality taste. Then, a thought pops into your head, “can you freeze pancake batter?” You’ll be happy to know that there are several ways to preserve a good batch of pancake batter. We believe a beautiful thing like pancakes should never go to waste.
How You Can Freeze Pancake Batter
Initially, it may seem like a strange concept to freeze the pancake batter, but we’re here to tell you that it’s absolutely doable. Freezing the batter is like stopping time and keeping all the ingredients in their exact form. Since it’s a liquid compound, the batter will still retain the power of each ingredient, allowing you to make fresh pancakes once it’s thawed.
Here are a few ways you can preserve the batter to make pancakes at a later time:
- Freeze Pancake Batter: The easiest way to freeze pancake batter is to pour the batter into an airtight container and seal it tightly. You can also pour the batter into gallon-sized, zip-top bags and seal them by removing any excess air. Ensure that the bag is strong enough to hold the liquid batter to avoid leaking.
- Refrigerate Pancake Batter: For pancake batter that’s ready on deck, you can store the batter in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. This option is ideal for pancakes that are ready to be made the next day.
How Long Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?
While freezing the pancake batter will prevent it from spoiling, it’s recommended to keep the batter in the freezer for no more than 2 months. Bear in mind that even though the ingredients in the batter will be preserved, the longer it stays in the freezer the less fresh the ingredients will be. For pancake batter that’s been stored in the fridge, the batter will last only a few days.
How to Use Frozen Pancake Batter
Now that we know you can freeze pancake batter, the next step is knowing how to unfreeze the batter the moment you start craving pancakes. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to revive the frozen batter. Planning in advance, you can simply take the batter out of the freezer the night before, place it in the fridge and allow it to thaw overnight. If you’re pressed for time, you can thaw the batter by placing the container, or zip-top bag, in a large bowl of lukewarm water. In just a few short hours, you’ll be ready to make a fresh stack of pancakes on the hot griddle.
In the event that your thawed batter turns out to be runny or produce thinner pancakes, there are a few easy ways to make your pancake batter thicker. Making changes to your recipes is absolutely normal, that’s why we created Morsel. Our easy-to-use software is the best way to note or document any changes to keep your recipes fresh and tasty.
Aida Solomon is a digital marketing specialist who’s passionate about bringing her creative ideas to life. As an avid homecook, Aida loves to explore the way food has the power of bridging the world together. When she’s offline, she loves to travel through new recipes, and run long distances — paying homage to her Ethiopian roots.