Did you know you can freeze pancake batter and enjoy fresh pancakes off the griddle on another day?
Whether you want to whip up a few batches of pancake batter and freeze them for later or have leftover batter, the step-by-step directions and tips in this post will ensure your batter thaws out without losing its consistency!
Can Raw Pancake Batter Be Frozen?
If you just made a batch of pancake batter with a raw egg and milk and the other ingredients in it and are wondering what to do with the leftovers, I’m here to tell you that you can freeze the batter!
After making the pancake batter, whether you cook some pancakes and have leftover batter or want to freeze it directly, you can freeze it for later with proper storage.
Can You Freeze Pancake Batter Made with Eggs
Since eggs are whisked and mixed into the batter, it’s safe to freeze pancake batter made with eggs. There will be no noticeable difference between fresh pancake batter and after thawing.
What You Need
Here is what you’ll need for proper freezing:
- Pancake batter: mix up your favorite batter in a bowl, and once it’s ready, it can be frozen.
- Freezer-safe zip bag: freezer safe bags tend to be thicker and sturdier, so they’re better at preventing leaks and freezer burn. For a full batch, you’ll need a gallon-sized bag. For leftovers, you can use a quart or sandwich-sized.
- Zip-bag holder or bowl: it makes the job easier if you don’t have an extra set of hands.
- Sheet pan or tray: to support the batter in the bag in the freezer until frozen.
- Sharpie: while not necessary, it’s useful to label the date the batter was made.
How to Freeze Pancake Batter
Freezing pancake batter is an easy way to have fresh pancakes off the griddle on a later date without having to measure anything! Here is what you need to do step-by-step:
Freeze Pancake Batter Step-by-Step
- Make the batter
Make a batch of your favorite pancake batter in a large mixing bowl. You can freeze an entire batch or leftovers.
- Prep the zip-bag
After determining the size of the bag, you’ll need for the job, labeling the date and batter type is helpful if you have a freezer full of food.
- Transfer the batter
Use a zip bag holder or fold the zip bag over and carefully transfer the batter from the bowl inside the bag. Remove the air from the bag and seal.
Depending on the type of freezer you have, you might want to lay the filled zip bag flat on a platter or tray and freeze it first, so the frozen shape fits best in your freezer.
- Long-term storage
If you use a tray or platter to shape your batter to the size/shape it will fit best in your freezer, remove it, and store the pancake batter where it fits best in your freezer.
Watch this video for all the details on freezing pancake batter.
How Long Does Frozen Pancake Batter Stay Good?
The best part about keeping a batch of pancake batter in the freezer for future epic breakfasts is that it can last up to 3 months in the freezer!
This is a very convenient way to ensure happy weekend breakfasts without having to measure out ingredients.
How to Defrost Pancake Batter
The two methods for defrosting pancake batter and cooking up a batch of fluffy pancakes I recommend are:
Fill your sink with cold water and submerge the frozen block of pancake batter in the water. After 30 minutes, replace the water.
Depending on how much batter you are trying to thaw out, this will take anywhere between 30 minutes, for about a cup of batter, to 1 hour for a full batch in a gallon-sized zip bag.
In the refrigerator
Remove the frozen bag of pancake batter from the freezer, place it in a plate or on top of a towel and thaw it in the freezer overnight.
This is my favorite method for thawing pancake batter for the weekends and can be done up to two days ahead of time.
I do not recommend thawing pancake batter out on the counter.
Is It Better to Freeze Pancakes or Batter?
While it requires a bit more planning because of the time it will take to thaw; freezing pancake batter will yield fresh out-of-the-griddle pancakes -the same you’d get when you make a fresh batch.
However, freezing ready-made pancakes are the most convenient way to have a stack of fluffy pancakes ready to eat on demand with minimal work required to warm them up.
Here is how to freeze pancakes step-by-step.