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, 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.
Use a nonstick pan to make a couple of pancakes at once.
🧊 Freeze on a Sheet Pan
Lay them flat on a cookie sheet and separate each “tier” with aluminum foil to prevent sticking. Once all of the pancakes are cooked up, put the pancake-filled sheet pan into the freezer for two to three hours. It is ready when you can lift the aluminum foil from the pancakes without much sticking.
Freezing them on a tray and separating while freezing allows you to pull them out individually and only heat up the exact amount you need. Wouldn’t it suck to pull out seven stuck-together-pancakes and only need three?
I don’t have a ton of room in my freezer and 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 Methods
I learned this trick not too long ago. After freezing the pancakes on the sheet pan, stack them and separate them with small squares of parchment paper.
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
After the pancakes are frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag and they fit perfectly 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.
Raspberry Ricotta Pancakes – These are as delicious as they are gorgeous! Whip up these for a special treat when you need a fun breakfast!
Oatmeal Waffles – For a fun twist, give these oatmeal waffles a shot! They are healthy and delicious. Your kids will love them!
Savory Oatmeal with Egg – I used to think of oatmeal with sweets. Whether it was brown sugar or chocolate or even fruit, this would be my go-to recipe. But, then I found savory oatmeal and it was amazing!
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!