Pancakes are a favourite breakfast in America, but also in many other parts of the world.
If you are a lover of pancakes, then you certainly prepare them at home very often.
It is very easy to prepare pancake batter and you can do it in only a couple of minutes.
But, if it happens that you mix too much batter for pancakes, what can you do with it?
If you put this batter in the fridge, you will have to use it in the next few days.
Otherwise, it will go bad very soon.
But, what if you are not planning to use pancake batter for the next couple of days or maybe for the next couple of weeks?
In this case we have a solution for you. You don’t need to throw the leftovers of your pancake batter away because we have good news.
You can simply freeze pancake batter and save it for later.
Pancake batter can be stored in the freezer for about 2 months.
In this text we are going to talk about freezing pancake batter.
If you are not sure if you can freeze pancake batter or not, then you should read this text.
Later in this text we are going to explain you how you can freeze pancake batter and how you can defrost it in the right way.
Also, we are going to tell you if it is better to freeze pancake batter or to freeze the pancakes that you have already prepared.
In this text you are going to find out all you need to know about freezing pancake batter, but first of all we will tell you how to make this batter on your own.
How to Make Pancake Batter?
It is very simple to make pancake batter, but there are a couple of different recipes for it.
However, the most important ingredients for making pancake batter are milk, eggs, water, flour, salt and sugar.
You can also add baking powder, vanilla extract and butter if you want.
Instead of baking powder, you can use baking soda.
It is important to know that both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents and you have to know how to use them in the right way.
Most important is to use only one of those leavening agents for preparing batter.
Baking soda is usually used in combination with buttermilk that will activate baking soda, which will help your pancakes become fluffy.
On the other side, when we use baking powder, we use it in combination with milk.
You have to know how to combine ingredients if you want to prepare pancakes that are fluffy and tasty.
Now when you know what ingredients are usually contained in pancake batter, you can prepare it on your own.
As mentioned, there are many recipes for making pancakes, but they are all very similar.
It is recommended to mix the dry ingredients in one bowl first, such as flour, sugar, salt, baking soda or baking powder and then to mix wet ingredients in another bowl.
Wet ingredients are milk or buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
But, if you use vanilla sugar instead of vanilla extract, then it is considered to be a dry ingredient.
When you have mixed dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another bowl, then you can mix them all together and your pancake batter will be ready in a few minutes.
We have listed the basic ingredients for making pancake batter and it is up to you to choose the recipe you will use.
Can We Freeze Pancake Batter?
As we have said above, the answer to this question is yes.
You can freeze pancake batter if you want to preserve it for later.
Of course, when you take it out of the freezer, you will have to stir it first.
Also, when you defrost your pancake batter, you will have to add little milk or water in order to bring it to its original consistency.
As you can see, it is completely safe to freeze pancake batter.
Many people are not sure if they can freeze pancake batter because it contains eggs.
But, it is absolutely safe to freeze such batter. Of course, here is understood that whole eggs are mixed into the batter.
n this case it is safe to freeze this batter and to use it later.
But, if you have used a recipe in which pancakes are made only from egg whites mixed with other ingredients, then you have to be careful.
Only in this case it is not recommended to freeze pancake batter because such batter will pump out when you freeze and defrost it, which means that the pancakes made of such batter will be very tiny and not really tasty.
Only in this case we don’t recommend you to freeze pancake batter, but if you make it from whole eggs, then you can freeze it without any worries.
Fortunately, most pancake recipes call for using whole eggs, so you can freely freeze that batter without any fear that it will go bad.
But, when does it have sense to freeze pancake batter?
If you prepare too much of pancake batter and if you are not planning to use it in the next couple of weeks, then it would be best to freeze it.
But, if you make pancake batter and you want to use it the next day already, then you can simply put the batter in the fridge and let it stay refrigerated for a night.
The next day you can safely use it.
As we have said, freezing pancake batter is safe, but you should first take into account when you are planning to use the leftovers of pancake batter.
Also, if you decide to freeze pancake batter, you have to know that its taste will not be the same as before.
It will depend on the ingredients that you have used to make pancake batter and also on how long your pancake batter was in the freezer.
Anyway, you have to know that there may be a certain difference in taste and maybe in texture.
Because of that it is very important to know how to freeze pancake batter properly.
How Can We Freeze Pancake Batter?
Freezing pancake batter is very simple and you should try it if you have prepared too much of it.
For its freezing you will need only a couple of minutes.
If you have decided to freeze pancake batter, we are going to tell you how to do that.
You need to prepare airtight containers first and pour pancake batter in them.
You should know that the liquid will expand in the freezer, so it is recommended to leave a little space on the top of the airtight containers.
After that you can simply freeze the containers and that’s the whole work.
As you can see, it is very easy to freeze pancake batter and you should try it the next time when you make a big amount of pancake batter.
Apart from airtight containers that are the best option if you want to freeze pancake batter, another option is to preserve it in special freezer bags, but you need to seal them very tightly.
Also, you have to be sure that you have removed excess air from the freezer bag.
Anyway, it is much better to use airtight containers for freezing pancake batter.
Now when you know how to freeze pancake batter, we are going to tell you how long you can freeze it.
How Long Can You Keep Pancake Batter in the Freezer?
We cannot tell you precisely how long you can keep pancake batter in your freezer, but you should know that if it stays too long in the freezer, it will certainly reduce its quality.
In this case the texture and also the taste of pancake batter may change and you will certainly notice a difference.
That’s why it is recommended to use pancake batter within a couple of weeks.
It would be perfect to use it within 2 months, because during this period the batter will not change too much and you can safely use it for your pancakes.
But, if you store pancake batter more than 2 months in the freezer, then the quality of the batter will not be the same.
Because of that we recommend you to use your pancake batter within 2 months if you want to be sure that your pancakes will be soft and tasty.
How to Defrost Pancake Batter?
If you have frozen pancake batter a couple of weeks ago and now you want to use it, then we are going to tell you how to do that.
There are a couple of ways in which you can defrost your pancake batter.
The most common way of defrosting pancake batter is to put it in the fridge.
If you choose this way of defrosting pancake batter, you will need to wait over the night and tomorrow you will have the opportunity to use it for you pancakes.
But, if you cannot wait over the night to defrost pancake batter, then you can use another method of defrosting.
You can simply put pancake batter in a bowl that is filled with lukewarm water.
You have to be sure that the freezer bag with your pancake batter is not leaky, because it could ruin the batter.
If water comes into the batter, you will not be able to use it anymore and this watery batter will probably contain many bacteria as well.
However, if you choose this method and if your freezer bag is tightly sealed, then you don’t have to worry.
You will just need to wait 2-3 hours until your pancake batter defrosts.
If you decide to defrost your pancake batter in water, you can also use cold water and change it every 30 minutes.
A very important thing is that you should never use hot water for defrosting pancake batter.
Also, it is not recommended to use warm water.
The best option is to use cold or lukewarm water for defrosting pancake batter.
Also, it is important to use the batter immediately after defrosting it.
When defrosted this way pancake batter should not stay too long at room temperature, because it can go bad this way.
As you can see, you will need to wait a couple of hours in order to use pancake batter that was frozen.
Because of that you should plan in advance when you will thaw the batter and when you will use it.
In any case, you will have to wait a few hours until your dough thaws.
As we have already mentioned, when your pancake batter is defrosted it could be thicker than before.
Because of that you will have to add little milk or water and to stir it once again before you use this batter for pancakes.
Can You Freeze Pancakes?
We have already told you that it is possible to freeze pancake batter.
But, it is interesting that you can freeze pancakes as well.
If you don’t have time to defrost pancake batter and to prepare pancakes from it, then you should simply freeze pancakes.
For example, if you are in a hurry in the morning, you will only need to defrost pancakes and you can enjoy them.
It is very easy to defrost pancakes. It is even easier and faster than to defrost pancake batter.
You just need to wrap frozen pancakes in a paper towel that you have already sprinkled with water and you can put them in a microwave for a couple of minutes.
Your pancakes will be defrosted very soon.
However, it is said that it is always better to freeze pancake batter only, because the pancakes that you will make from this batter will be tastier than the pancakes that you have frozen and defrosted.
It depends on you if you will freeze pancake batter or already prepared pancakes.
In this text you had the opportunity to find out how to freeze pancake batter and how to defrost it in the right way.
As we have explained you, it is completely safe to freeze pancake batter and you can do it each time when you make too much of this batter.
Freezing is a great way to preserve pancake batter and to save it for later.
As we have said, it can last about 2 months in the freezer, but it is always better to use it as soon as you can.
It would be perfect to use it within a month.
However, you may notice a small difference in texture or in taste, but sometimes there is no difference.
It all depends on how long you freeze pancake batter and what ingredients are contained in the batter.
Anyway, you can try to freeze it and you will see if there is a difference in taste or not.
Most people who already tried to freeze pancake batter are delighted with the whole process of freezing and they prepare intentionally a big amount of pancake batter in order to freeze it.
As you could see, freezing of pancake batter is very simple and it is a great idea if you need a fast and tasty breakfast in the morning.
You just need to take pancake batter out of the freezer the night before and the next morning you can make your pancakes from the batter that you have already prepared.
You don’t have to mix again all the ingredients.
As we have said, it is a great idea, especially for people who are always in a hurry and who need a fast breakfast.
We are sure that this text was useful for you and that you will try to freeze your pancake batter the next time, too.
It is a great idea and we hope that you will enjoy your pancakes made of frozen pancake batter.