After you’re done making a batch of pancakes or muffins and you have some leftover batter, what can you do with it? Do you need to use it up and turn it into baked goods right away or can it be stored for a little while. Can you freeze batter, and can different types of batter be stored in the same way?
I know a lot of people will store their batter in the fridge for a day or two when they’re not ready to use it just yet. Maybe they planned to make something, but then they got busy and didn’t have time to bake it or changed their mind about what they’re making and decided to store the batter away.
What I don’t see very often is people storing their batter in the freezer, and I think a lot of people are confused as to whether you can even safely freeze batter or not.
Is It Okay to Freeze Batter?
Yes, you can freeze your batter, and pretty much every kind of batter can be stored this way, whether it’s pancake batter, cake batter, muffin batter, waffle batter, and other types. It’s a good method for long term storage so you don’t have to feel like you need to use the batter right away.
Which Batter Can You Not Freeze?
There are some types of batter you should not try to freeze at all. While most types of batter are okay to put in the freezer for long term storage, any batter with whipped eggs should not be stored that way.
It can be refrigerated, but freezing batter with whipped egg in it can affect the quality of the final product. It just won’t turn out like it should when you store it using this method.
How Long Can You Freeze Cake Batter?
If you’re putting cake batter of any kind in the freezer, it can take an hour or two to freeze fully. It should be stored in an airtight container, and then it can store for several months in the freezer. But how long can it safely store this way?
Most types of cake batter can store in the freezer for up to three months. What’s wrong with storing your batter in the freezer for longer than that? Cake batter can lose its quality and when baked it may not have the right texture, if it’s been stored in the freezer for too long.
It can be stored into freezer safe bags, portioned out into a size that’s adequate for a single cake. That way, you can make up a large batch of cake batter and then divide it into smaller portions to be used later on.
How Long Can You Freeze Cheesecake Batter?
Did you know that you can even freeze cheesecake batter? That surprised me when I heard about that, and it can be stored just like other types of cake batter, in freezer safe bags or freezer safe container. It’ll store for as long as two to three months before it starts to lose its quality and texture. Make sure you don’t store it over long, or you’re probably not going to be happy with the finished result.
I know for myself, I don’t always have all the ingredients on hand for cheesecake, so when I do have everything there, I like to make a large batch of it, some of that extra batter can be saved for later when I’m ready to make cheesecake at another time.
How Long Can You Freeze Pancake Batter?
Pancakes are one of those foods that I only make occasionally, because there’s a lot of ingredients that go into it, and then I like to save myself some time in the morning when I’m making up my breakfast. I don’t always have time to whip up batter and cook everything to make a really hearty, healthy breakfast.
So, what I’ll do is make up a large batch of pancake batter ahead of time and freeze it if I’m not using it that day. Then, when I’m ready to make up more pancakes, I can just put my frozen batter into the fridge overnight and whip up pancakes from that very quickly the next day.
Pancake batter is a little bit more fragile than some of the other types of batter I’ve talked about already, and you should only store it in the freezer for up to a month before using it. So, don’t make too much of it ahead of time.
How Long Can You Freeze Muffin Batter?
Sometimes when I make muffin batter, I make more than will fit into my muffin pans. If you do the same thing, it’s not a problem if you store the muffin batter in the freezer for a little while.
How long is muffin batter okay for when frozen? It’s a pretty hearty batter, and it can handle being frozen for up to three months before it needs to be used. Just remember to store in a freezer safe bag so that it will be kept in pristine condition until you’re ready to use it.
How Many Times Can You Freeze Cake Batter?
So, we’ve established that you can freeze cake batter for later on, but can you freeze it, thaw it out, and then freeze it again if you don’t use it all?
No, that is not a good idea.
Every time foods thaw out and then freeze again, the structure changes and they break down a little bit. This means that your cake can turn out really soggy and have very little structure when you try to bake it after too many times freezing and thawing it.
No matter what kind of food we’re talking about, find the food out and freezing it multiple times is not a good idea. That’s true of meat, vegetables, and batter as well. You permit more air into the food, let in bacteria, and you damage the structure when you do this.