Waffles are great for any time of that day. They can be enjoyed with some blueberries for breakfast, or with ice cream and syrup for dessert. In order to have the freshest, warmest waffles possible, it is best to make them at home.
Whipping up a batch of waffle batter is fairly simple, but what if you make too much?
Can you freeze waffle batter? Yes, waffle batter can be frozen. Freezing the waffle batter in batches makes it easier to portion out. When it comes to freezing waffle batter, choosing the right freezer container will be paramount in ensuring the waffle batter keeps the quality it needs to make some delicious waffles.
This way, you will have a portion of batter waiting in the freezer for when the next waffle craving hits.
This also helps if you or your family loves to have waffles in the morning, but you just do not have the energy to whip up some batter so early.
How To Freeze Waffle Batter
There really isn’t much prep that goes into freezing waffle batter, other than mixing up the waffle batter.
It is a good idea to double up on the portion so you can freeze a few different containers, meaning you have a good portion supply in the future.
- Using your favorite recipe, mix up some waffle batter.
- Using a ladle, spoon the waffle batter into a freezer container.
- Seal the container tightly so no air or moisture may enter the batter.
- Label the container with the name of the recipe, and the date frozen. This helps you keep track of when the waffle batter should be used by.
- Place the waffle batter into the freezer.
Other Containers for Freezing Waffle Batter
Glass jars, which are safe to be frozen, can be a good idea for waffle batter. They hold a smaller portion of waffle batter, but this is fine for those who only want to make a few waffles.
The glass jars can be easily labeled with a marker, which helps to indicate the recipe and date of freezing.
The downside is that these glass jars can take up quite a bit of space in the freezer, especially if you are freezing quite a few. The upside is that glass jars are reusable and environmentally friendly.
Plastic Freezer Bags
Plastic freezer bagsare a great choice for waffle batter. They come in many different sizes, so you are able to choose the one that suits your portion size the best.
When freezing waffle batter in freezer bags, you can lay them down flat, and stack quite a few on top of each other, which is great for those who have smaller freezers, or limited space.
The plastic bags can also be labeled, which allows for easy identification of the batter in the freezer. Most people do not reuse plastic freezer bags, which does cause some waste.
However, there are reusable plastic freezer bags that can be washed and sterilized after each use to be used again, which makes them highly economical.
Freezer-safe plastic containers are also a good option for freezing waffle batter. They can hold a decent amount of waffle batter depending on the size and are easy to label with the date and name.
Plastic freezer containers are reusable, but they also take up quite a bit of space in the freezer. When using a plastic container to freeze waffle batter, you must be sure that it has an airtight seal. If it does not, excess moisture might come into contact with the waffle batter and ruin the consistency.
There is also the risk of the waffle batter picking up flavors and odors from other foods in the freezer, so ensuring it seals tightly is really important. It is always worth the money to purchase good-quality freezer containers to keep your waffle batter, and other foods safe.
Thawing And Cooking Waffle Batter
Different foods have different freezing spans. Waffle batter should be kept in the freezer for up to one month. It will be safe to use the waffle batter after this, but the quality will start to decrease over time.
When it is time to cook the waffle batter, you will obviously need to thaw it first. You most definitely cannot thaw the waffle batter in the microwave, as you run the risk of cooking it and then it not cooking properly in the waffle maker.
The best way to thaw waffle batter, especially if it contains eggs, would be to leave it in the fridge to thaw overnight.
Containing eggs, the waffle batter should not be allowed to reach above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, as this is the temperature where bacteria growth begins. Allowing it to thaw in the fridge keeps it below this temperature, but is still warm enough to defrost the waffle batter so it is ready to use the next day.
You could also choose to run the container of waffle batter under cold or warm water to defrost it quicker. While this doesn’t automatically mean you could get food poisoning, it does run a higher risk of bacteria growth with the batter being exposed to a warmer temperature.
Refreezing Waffle Batter
If you thaw out some waffle batter but do not end up using all of the batter, can you refreeze it?
The answer should be no, you should not refreeze waffle batter, but there is a way to get around this.
If you have left the waffle batter to thaw in the fridge overnight, and it has not risen above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and if it has not sat at room temperature, it should be fine to refreeze it within 24 hours. If there are still ice crystals in the waffle batter, it is fine to freeze again.
You might need to give the waffle batter a stir once it has thawed, as some of the ingredients might have separated, so make sure to do this before placing it back into the freezer.
If you are a bit nervous to refreeze the waffle batter, you could always make extra waffles and freeze those.
To do so, you should allow the waffles to cool, and separate each waffle with parchment paper. You can then place the stack in a plastic freezer bag, or in a freezer container.
Placing the parchment paper between each waffle stops them from sticking together when frozen, and allows you to take out one or two waffles at a time to reheat, without having to defrost the whole batch.
Be sure to indicate the date frozen and refrozen on the container or plastic bag for the waffle batter, so you know to use it within one month of freezing.
How long do cooked waffles last in the freezer?
If you would rather cook up some waffles and then freeze those instead of the batter, you can do so. Cooked waffles last longer in the freezer than what waffle batter does, so it might be worthwhile if you are not planning on using it within a month.
Cooked waffles can be kept in the freezer for up to 4 months if they are properly stored in an airtight container. The waffles will be fine to eat after the 4 months, but will not have the great quality as they would if eaten before this period of time.
Waffle batter can only be kept in the freezer for one month, so it is something worth considering.
Can you keep waffle batter in the fridge overnight?
Waffle batter can be made ahead and left in the fridge overnight to be used the next day. If you have added baking powder to the waffle batter, you will need to add a little more the next day.
The baking powder loses some of its potency if kept in the fridge overnight, so to get a fluffy, light consistency, you should add a tiny bit more in when it is time to cook.
How do you reheat frozen waffles?
Reheating frozen waffles if fairly easy to do. All you need to do is pop them in the microwave until they are heated through and ready to eat. You can defrost them in the microwave or in the fridge overnight.
Freezing Waffle Batter
Having some waffle batter frozen at home makes life really easy when you feel like waffles for breakfast or dessert, and you either don’t feel like making the batter or don’t have the ingredients at home.
To freeze waffle batter, you should keep it in tightly sealed, appropriate freezer containers, labeled with the date of freezing, so you can keep track and use the batter within one month of being placed in the freezer.
If you are curious about storing dry waffle mix, you will definitely want to check out our article about long-term pancake and waffle mix storage.