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Dough & Batter

Can You Freeze Batter?

You might think there’s no way you can store batter for later use but yes, you can! You can freeze batter and keep it fresher for longer. When done properly, you can keep extra batches of batter in the freezer and whip up a cake or two whenever.

Of course, there are many different types of batters and not all of them can be frozen. For instance, batters leavened with whipped eggs shouldn’t be frozen because freezing will affect the texture of the finished product.

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Bread batters, Devil’s food cake, pancake, cupcakes, and velvet cake batters, on the other hand, can be frozen. When properly stored in the freezer, frozen batters can keep fresh for up to 3 months.

How to Freeze Batter?

The proper way to freeze batter is to break it down into smaller portions. Once thawed, the batter has to be used right away so to avoid thawing excess batter, it’s best to keep them in single servings especially for cupcakes.

To begin, get several single-serve reusable freezer containers/small plastic bags and an ice cream scoop. Scoop the batter and drop it into each container, leaving about half an inch of space each to allow the batter to expand in the freezer.

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Cover the container with the airtight lid. If you’re using re-sealable plastic bags, squeeze as much air as you could. Finally, store the containers in the freezer and you’re done!

How to Defrost Frozen Batter?

The best way to defrost frozen batter is to transfer the product from the freezer to the fridge and leave it to thaw overnight. Once the batter has softened the next day, get a whisk or a spoon and give the batter a good stir to incorporate all the ingredients together. Use the batter according to the recipe.

Summary

Freezing batter is a straightforward affair, one that requires no fuss at all. However, do note that using thawed batter may alter the texture of the baked goods. For instance, defrosted cake batter will yield denser cakes with tighter crumbs compared to the batter that hasn’t been thawed.

Dough & Batter

Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?

There’s something truly comforting about a plate of cookies, fresh out of the oven but who has time to bake? For busy folks, baking is a luxury that they simply cannot afford to do thanks to their packed schedules. But if you have kids or you want to keep instant treats to yourself, you can always make cookie dough for freezing. When done right, frozen cookie dough can last up to 6 months or more in the freezer!

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough?

Freezing cookie dough is a straightforward process especially if you made it from scratch. Below is the guide on how to freeze cookie dough the right way:

Prepping the Dough

Start by making cookie according to the recipe. Once the dough is ready for freezing, line a baking sheet with wax paper and grab a small piece of dough and place it on the sheet. Because you’re not baking, you can crowd the cookie dough portions as closely as you like. Then, stick the baking sheet in the freezer for 3 hours or more.

Packing the Cookie Dough for Freezing

Once frozen solid, you can start packing the dough in freezer-safe plastic baggies or a rigid plastic container. Just make sure you take out as much air as you could. Drop cookies are the best type of cookie dough to freeze. Finally, mark each bag with the date, recipe name and baking time before sticking them in the freezer.

How to Defrost Frozen Cookie Dough?

When you’re ready to bake yourself (or the kids!) a delish batch of cookies, transfer a baggie of cookie dough from the freezer to the fridge. Leave the cookie dough to defrost overnight in the fridge or take them out and leave them at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours.

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Once softened, you can take out each portion and shape it according to the recipe, place them in a waxed baking sheet and stick them in the pre-heated oven to bake.

Summary

Freezing cookie dough is the best way to have a steady supply of baked treats without the hassle. Of course, do note that the freezing temps can affect the texture of the cookies once baked. The colder the cookie dough, the denser the cookie will be! Now that you know how to freeze cookie dough properly, you can make a large batch and save them for later use.

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Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?

Can you freeze pancake batter? Who doesn’t love waking up to piles of fluffy pancakes in the morning? Pancake batter can either be made from scratch or store-bought. Whatever type of pancake batter you are using, we’re happy to report that the batter freezes so well with little loss of quality. Freezing the batter makes sense if you are planning to whip up a large batch of pancakes or if you have a lot of leftover batter in your hands.

While freezing the batter will not affect the flavor of the pancakes, they will lose their fluffiness in the process. Most pancake batter contains baking powder, a leavening agent that activates itself when liquid is added to the batter.

Preparing pancake batter

Unfortunately, the activation of baking soda is single acting. Once it’s been activated and the batter is frozen, the pancakes won’t rise. So don’t be surprised if the pancakes come out thinner or flatter once you’ve frozen and defrosted the batter. Before packing the pancake batter for freezing, check the list of ingredients for baking soda.

Should You Freeze Pancake Batter?

While we do not recommend freezing pancake batter made with baking soda, you can do it if left with no choice. Freezing the batter is the better option than throwing perfectly usable leftover batter in the trash. In addition, freezing the batter is a great idea if you are always busy in the morning with almost zero time to prep for breakfast. Just defrost the pancake batter the night before and you can go ahead and make yummy pancakes first thing in the morning. If you are only making a few pancakes at a time, freezing the batter is a terrific idea.

Below is a step by step guide on how to freeze pancake batter properly.

How to Freeze Pancake Batter?

Freezing pancake batter is so easy. You can either use a shallow container with an airtight lid or a resealable plastic bag to store the batter.

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If you are using a shallow container with an airtight lid, pour the batter into the container. Do not fill the container all the way to the brim. Leave about two inches of space so the batter has room to expand as it freezes. Cover the container with the airtight lid. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

Pancake batter ready for freezing

If you are using a resealable plastic bag to freeze the batter, simply pour the batter into the bag. Again, do not fill the plastic bag fully. Leave about a few inches of space so the batter has room to expand as it freezes.

Pouring pancake batter in freezer bags

If the leftover batter is not enough to fill the plastic bag fully, fold the plastic bag so it stores flat in the freezer. Squeeze out as much air as you can then seal the plastic bag carefully. Write the storage date then stick in the freezer.

Labeling pancake batter in bag

Shelf Life and Thawing Suggestions

When kept in the freezer, pancake batter will keep up to three months. To thaw the frozen pancake batter, just transfer the product to the fridge and leave it to defrost overnight.

If you are pressed for time, you can leave a pack of frozen batter to thaw on the kitchen counter. This may cause the liquids to separate so give the batter a good stir before using. Also, watch out for leaks!

Snipping the bag

If you used a resealable plastic bag to freeze the pancake batter, snip one of the corners of the bag for easy (and mess-free) pouring.

Prepared pancake

Summary
Can you freeze pancake batter? Although most culinary experts advice against freezing pancake batter, it can be done as a last-ditch effort to avoid waste. Pancakes made with frozen and defrosted pancake batter has a denser texture so don’t be surprised about the different mouthfeel. Just keep all these storage tips in mind before freezing the pancake batter so you’ll do it right the first time.