It’s hard to get my kids to eat during breakfast — they only have an appetite when I serve pancakes. Now I’m thinking of giving them pancakes a few days a week, but these aren’t exactly easy to prepare! Can I batch-cook and freeze pancakes on weekends and serve them during the week?
Getting your kids to eat can be a challenge, especially when they’re super picky. So it’s always a relief when you identify the type of foods that they like to eat and won’t cause a tantrum.
Fortunately, in your case, you don’t have to worry since you can prepare pancakes in advance, put them in the freezer, and just reheat them when needed. This makes preparing breakfast for your kids much easier and ensures that they’ll go to school with full bellies.
Can You Freeze Pancakes?
It can be surprising to many, but pancakes actually keep well when they’re frozen. You can keep them in your freezer for around a month.
Pancakes’ nutritional content doesn’t change when they’re frozen and reheated. Their flavor, shape, and texture also stay the same, although some people say pancakes get tastier when reheated.
All kinds of pancakes can be frozen and reheated. Just take note that certain types (like those made of whole wheat flour) might not reheat well because of their moisture content.
Just like any other food, you need to properly wrap pancakes when freezing them. This way, they don’t stick to each other and get freezer burn.
To eat your frozen pancakes, you can reheat them in the microwave if you’re in a hurry. You can also use the oven if you need to reheat a large batch of pancakes.
You can even reheat frozen pancakes in the toaster. This is ideal if you want to add some extra crunch to your pancakes’ surface or even make them crispy.
How to Freeze Pancakes
Freezing pancakes is incredibly easy. It only takes a few minutes and will save you a lot of prep time during busy workdays. You can start by taking these steps:
- Cook your pancakes based on your preferred recipe. Whether you’re freezing the entire batch or just a portion of it, make sure to cook everything thoroughly.
- Let the pancakes cool.
- Place them side by side on a baking sheet with a non-stick liner and ensure they’re not sticking to each other.
- Put the baking sheet in the freezer. Remove the pancakes after 30 minutes to an hour, arrange them in a stack, and place the stack in a freezer-safe dish or an airtight Ziploc bag.
- If your baking sheet can’t fit inside your freezer, put a sheet of wax paper in between the pancakes (to prevent them from sticking together) and stack them on top of each other. Wrap the stack in aluminum foil or put it in an airtight Ziploc bag.
How To Use Up Extra/Leftover Pancakes?
Pancakes are a delicious and versatile breakfast food. But what do you do when you have extra pancakes? Here are five delicious ways to use up your leftover pancakes:
- Make French toast – French toast is a delicious and easy way to use up leftover pancakes. Just dip your pancakes in some beaten eggs and fry them up in a pan, and you’ve got a tasty breakfast in no time.
- Make a pancake sandwich – Pancake sandwiches are a fun and easy way to use up leftover pancakes. Just add your favorite sandwich fillings between two pancakes, and you’ve got a quick and easy meal that everyone will love.
- Use them as pizza crust – Pancakes make great mini pizza crusts! Just top them with your favorite pizza toppings and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, and you’ve got a delicious and easy pizza that everyone will love.
- Make breakfast tacos – Breakfast tacos are a fun and easy way to use up leftover pancakes. Just add some scrambled eggs, cheese, and salsa to a pancake, and you’ve got a delicious and easy breakfast that everyone will love.
- Use them as waffles – If you have a waffle iron, you can easily turn your leftover pancakes into waffles! Just cook them in the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and you’ve got a delicious and easy breakfast that everyone will love.
So there you have it – five delicious ways to use up your leftover pancakes. Next time you find yourself with extra pancakes, try one of these recipes and enjoy!
Chocolate Pancake (Eggless Pancake Recipe)
Make your pancakes even more delicious and attractive by adding a dash of coco powder! This is a great recipe for chocolate-loving kids and adults.
Japanese Pancakes (Souffle Pancake Recipe)
Use this recipe to create the thick, fluffy, and yummy souffle pancakes that you can find in Japanese coffee shops.
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes
This recipe lets you combine the fluffiness of pancakes with the sweetness of cinnamon buns and enjoy a rich, delicious breakfast.
Yes, you can freeze pancakes. Frozen pancakes will last for about 1 month in the freezer if stored properly. If you want to reheat them, there are two options: use a stovetop or microwave oven. Freezing preserves their texture which means your frozen meal will taste just as good after being heated up again. Follow these steps for freezing pancakes: separate pancakes into stacks of about 4-5 pancakes each with some paper towels in between, seal them tightly in a freezer bag, label the bag with today’s date, and place it in your freezer.
How do you plan to freeze your pancakes? Share your experience with me by leaving a comment below. I am always looking forward to hearing from my readers who are just as