Updated November 2019!!
If you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen a post I made a few weeks ago about making pancakes for the freezer. So, I thought I’d type up a quick post to show you guys how to freeze pancakes (it’s not difficult at all).
Cook the Pancakes
First, I cook up the pancakes. I usually make it from scratch but just didn’t feel like making a big mess this morning, so I used a box mix. It was a $1 box mix and I made about 20 pancakes. I know it could’ve been cheaper had I made it from scratch, but sometimes efficiency is worth just as much as frugality. Even so, $1 for several days of breakfast for two is extremely cheap.
I used my nonstick pan to make a couple of pancakes at once.
Freeze on a Sheet Pan
When I finish making each pancake I lay them flat on a cookie sheet, separating each “tier” with aluminum foil to prevent sticking. Once all of the pancakes are cooked up. I put the pancake-filled cookie sheet into the freezer for about two to three hours. Or, until I can lift the aluminum foil from the pancakes without much sticking.
The reason I freeze them on a tray instead of just stuffing them in a bag immediately after cooking is to prevent them from sticking together. By using this method, you can freeze as many pancakes as you’d like because you can just keep stacking and separating with aluminum foil.
Freezing them on a tray and separating while freezing allows us to pull them out individually and only heat up the exact amount we need. Wouldn’t it suck to pull out seven stuck-together-pancakes and only need three?
Of course, I don’t have a ton of room in my freezer. I actually had to transfer my ice maker tray (it takes up HALF of my bottom-shelf freezer space!) to the fridge while the pancakes were freezing.
Alternative Method to Freeze Pancakes
This made it so much easier to take just one or two out of the bag to reheat for breakfast. I didn’t have to worry at all about them sticking.
Note: I have been grabbing one as a snack in the evenings too, when I get hungry and want something sweet. I add a dab of maple syrup and this really satisfies my sweet tooth!
How’s that for a kitchen hack?
Transfer to a Freezer Bag
So, after the pancakes are frozen, I transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and they fit perfectly into the freezer without taking up much space. Some people use a bread bag to store and stack their pancakes. I think that is such a great idea because it would save TONS of space.
That’s it. Super simple, isn’t it? Now you can serve your family pancakes for breakfast every day without having to make a huge mess!