In this text we are going to talk about hot dog buns.
They are actually soft buns that are shaped particularly for hot dogs.
However, if you buy a whole pack of these buns and you cannot eat them all, what can you do?
How can you preserve them and save them from spoiling?
Do you have to throw hot dog buns away if you cannot eat them all?
We have good news for you and we are going to tell you how to extend the shelf life of hot dog buns.
It is known that you should keep hot dog buns at room temperature and this way they can last a couple of weeks.
It is not recommended to put them in the fridge because they become dry this way.
You may be asking yourself now if you can freeze hot dog buns?
Yes, you can freeze them. It is completely safe to freeze hot dog buns and it is also very simple.
Now when you know that you can freeze your hot dog buns, we are sure that you will try it the next time you buy hot dog buns or when you bake them at home.
This way you will prolong their shelf life and you will have the chance to eat them later.
We are going to tell you how to freeze hot dog buns properly, but also how to defrost them.
But, first of all, we are going to mention the most important properties of hot dog buns.
The Most Important Properties of Hot Dog Buns
Hot dog buns are also called side-loading buns.
Hot dog buns are actually the rolls specified for hot dogs.
You can buy hot dog buns in a supermarket, but you can also prepare them at home.
It is known that hot dog buns that we buy have a lower quality than the buns that we make at home.
The hot dog buns from a store can be often too hard and they can contain many chemicals.
Because of that their shelf life is usually longer than the shelf life of homemade buns.
But, hot dog buns that you make at home will certainly have a better quality and also a better taste.
Whether you buy them at the store or make them yourself at home, sometimes you will need to freeze them.
Below you will find out more about freezing hot dog buns.
Can You Freeze Hot Dog Buns?
As we have already said, it is possible to freeze hot dog buns.
The answer to this question is definitely yes.
You can freeze hot dog buns in order to extend their shelf life.
Hot dog buns can stay about 6 months in the freezer.
Even after 6 months hot dog buns will not go bad, but their quality may change.
However, it is recommended to eat hot dog buns within 3 months from the day when you have put them in the freezer.
It is on your own to decide when you are going to use them, but it is always better to eat them earlier.
It is interesting that you can freeze hot dog buns that you have bought, but also hot dog buns that you have made at home.
Anyway, freezing is the best way to preserve your hot dog buns.
But, before you decide to freeze hot dog buns, it is important to take into account when you are planning to eat them.
If you have bought hot dog buns and if you keep them in their original packing, then they can last about a month.
If you are going to eat all of them within a month, then you don’t need to put them in the freezer.
But, if you already know that you are not going to eat hot dog buns in the next couple of weeks, then it would be best to freeze them.
But, what happens if you have baked hot dog buns at home and you have too many of them?
In this case we recommend you to freeze them as soon as you can.
It is best to freeze hot dog buns when they are still fresh.
Now we are going to told you when it has sense to freeze hot dog buns and we are going to tell you how to do that.
How to Freeze Hot Dog Buns?
In their Original Packaging. There are many ways in which you can freeze hot dog buns.
The easiest way to freeze them is when they are already packed in plastic.
In this case you can place them in the freezer in their original packaging.
In Plastic Packaging. If you have already removed original packaging from your hot dog buns, you can also prepare plastic packaging and arrange the hot dog buns that you want to freeze.
Seal the packaging with a tape or with a twist tie in order to prevent the air to get in.
In Zip-Loc Bags. In order to freeze hot dog buns you can use zip-loc bags as well.
It is very practical to use these bags for freezing because in this case you can separate hot dog buns and freeze only one or two of them, for example.
If you don’t have too much space in the freezer, then it is a great idea to freeze hot dog buns separately.
In Airtight Containers. Another way to freeze hot dog buns is to use airtight containers.
A good idea is to wrap every single hot dog bun separately using a plastic food wrap.
In Aluminium Foil. Also, you can use aluminium foil to wrap hot dog buns.
But, in this case it may happen that you forget what is hidden in aluminium foil.
That’s why we recommend you to add a label to your hot dog buns.
Or you can simply choose some freezer bags that are transparent. In this case you will always know what you have frozen in them.
Double-Wrapping. We are going to give you another useful tip that can help you by freezing hot dog buns.
If you are planning to keep them in the freezer for a couple of months or even more, we recommend you to wrap them twice.
A double-wrapping will protect hot dog buns from freezer burns.
As you could see, there are many ways to freeze the buns for hot dogs and the process of freezing is very simple.
Even if you decide to wrap hot dog buns separately, one by one, it will take you several minutes only.
Once you freeze hot dog buns, it will be also necessary to defrost them in one moment.
We are going to tell you now how to do this fast and easily.
How to Defrost Hot Dog Buns?
At Room Temperature. It is easy to defrost hot dog buns.
You just need to take them out of your freezer and to let them stay about 2-4 hours at room temperature.
Hot dog buns will defrost in that time and you can safely eat them.
In the Fridge. However, there is also another way to defrost your hot dog buns.
You can place them in the fridge, but in this case hot dog buns will need to stay the whole night in the fridge.
If you are not in a hurry and if you are planning to eat your hot dog buns the next day, you can choose this option.
In the Microwave. You can also use microwave to defrost your hot dog buns.
If there is any wrap on your hot dog buns, you should remove it first.
Also, you should not put in the microwave a bag that you have used for freezing your hot dog buns.
If you are trying to defrost hot dog buns this way, it will be very fast and you will need about 20-30 seconds only.
If you turn on the microwave at a lower temperature, it may take a few minutes to defrost hot dog buns.
Anyway, this is the fastest way to defrost your hot dog buns.
If you are in a hurry, then you should choose this method of defrosting hot dog buns.
However, it can happen that your hot dog buns become dry after defrosting them in the microwave.
In this case we recommend you to put a paper towel on your hot dog buns.
It is recommended to use a paper towel that is damp, because it will keep all the moisture.
You can simply sprinkle a paper towel with a little of water and wrap it around your hot dog buns.
But, you have to be sure to wring the towels well before putting them on hot dog buns.
When you have wrapped each single hot dog bun in a paper towel, place them into the microwave for a couple of seconds.
This way the quality of your hot dog buns should be better.
In the Oven. You can also defrost your hot dog buns in the oven.
It is important to remove the wrap from hot dog buns before you put them in the oven.
It is recommended to use a baking sheet and to arrange frozen hot dog buns on it.
When you put them in the oven, you will have to wait about 20-30 minutes to defrost them.
You have seen that there are many ways how to defrost hot dog buns.
If you are freezing the buns for hot dogs very often, then you can try all of the methods and see what method works best.
Another important tip is that you should never try to defrost hot dog buns in water because it will ruin their texture completely.
If you put frozen hot dog buns in a bowl that is full of water, they will soak in it and they will be not good to eat.
Good news is that the look and the taste of defrosted hot dog buns are very similar to fresh hot dog buns.
If you don’t know that a hot dog bun was frozen, you may not even notice a difference.
However, there are some people who notice that the quality of defrosted hot dog buns is not the same as the quality of hot dog buns that you have just bought in a store or prepared at your home.
If you like hot dog buns and if you use them often, you can try to freeze them and after a couple of weeks or months when you defrost them you will see if there is a difference from their original taste.
Anyway, it is always better to freeze the leftover of your hot dog buns than to throw them away.
Can You Refreeze Hot Dog Buns?
Yes, theoretically said, you can refreeze your hot dog buns.
But, we would not recommend you to do that because it will reduce the quality of the buns.
It is important to know that each time when you freeze and defrost hot dog buns they will become drier.
Also, their quality will be worse every time you do that.
Once you freeze and defrost hot dog buns, we recommend you to eat them.
Because of that you should avoid refreezing hot dog buns.
You just need to decide how many hot dog buns you need and defrost them.
You should not defrost too many hot dog buns if you will not eat them.
You have seen in this text how you can freeze hot dog buns and also how you can defrost them.
We have explained you a couple of methods in which you can freeze hot dog buns.
As you could see, the whole procedure is very simple.
You can choose on your own what method works best for you.
Also, we have told you in which situations you should freeze hot dog buns.
We hope that this text was useful for you and we are sure that you will try some of the freezing methods that we have suggested you.
The most important thing is not to let your hot dog buns go bad.
You should simply put them in the freezer because it’s completely safe.
As we have said, you won’t probably even notice a difference when you thaw them.
Defrosted hot dog buns will taste and look almost the same as when they are fresh.