Having pancakes for breakfast is easy when you can pull them out of the freezer. When I make pancakes I usually quadruple the recipe so I can freeze the extras. Having tried numerous ways to freeze pancakes, this method gives you the best results.
After stacking our items on the serving plate for breakfast, the waffles,
pancakes, French toast would get soggy. A few months ago I started
placing these items on my cooling racks. This keeps them nice and crispy
because they are not affected by the steam rising from the other items.
To store the items for another breakfast, allow them to cool completely.
Once the pancakes are cold lay them on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
Then layer wax or parchment paper between the pancakes, waffles, etc…
Freeze in a gallon size ziploc bag or leftover bagel bag.
Then remove from freezer as needed and reheat in the microwave. You can enjoy a hot breakfast any day of the week without all the clean-up!
This will not work if you put the pancakes on the cookie sheet while they are warm (they will freeze to the sheet).
It will also not work if you make gigantic pancakes that are bigger than a bagel bag, but I am sure you already figured that one out.
If you are looking for a pancake recipe, try my delicious and whole wheat oatmeal pancakes.
I freeze pancakes & waffles, using the same method (only I reuse a Ziploc bag over & over). It really makes mornings a lot easier!
I never thought to use soft white for pancakes, I’ll have to try that. I have some more kalmut, have you used that before. Going to try this recipe next week, thanks for sharing!!!!
I love doing this – the bagel bag is genius! 🙂 Thanks for the tip! I take it you have a grain mill – that’s been on my “wish list” for a very LONG time!
Courtney @ Sister To Sister says
I do the same thing (minus the bagel bag-great idea!). It is so nice to pull them out on a busy morning! I am going to have to try your recipe! I have been trying many of yours lately and they are ALL GREAT!
What a great idea! And it seems everyone’s secret to great pancakes is buttermilk. Need to try that! Enjoy your day!
I love this…I am trying to go all-natural instead of buying prepackaged foods and this is a great idea instead of frozen store-bought pancakes. I’m going to make up a big batch and freeze them. Thanks!
Robin Weiss says
How do you reheat them?
What a great idea!! How do you cook them from frozen? Do you just pop the in the toaster or oven to eat them another day?
We reheat in the toaster oven or microwave.
How long in the microwave for say, 3 pancakes?
Great idea! One other idea I use for freezing waffles. I put them on a cooling rack right when they are finished cooking. They cool faster and they don’t sweat and get soggy on the bottom.
That’s a good idea! thank you.
The "DO IT ALL" Mom says
I’m glad you have this post up! I’ve been wanting to find a method of freezing pancakes but haven’t seen anything until this morning! We may even give the pancake recipe a try!
I never thought of reusing the bagel bag & just reuse a freezer bag. Good call!
I do this too (except I use old bread bags not bagel bags). A little bit of prep goes a long way!
We also freeze waffles or pancakes so that we can have a quick breakfast. Much cheaper than buying them pre-made. I just put mine in a freezer bag but I love your idea!
Loved the pictures of Cora, and also your latest installment of your story!
I have recently started freezing waffles, but I love this idea, and so compact for the freezer – thanks!
We use wax paper between our waffles. I usually do not have enough room in the freezer to flash freeze waffles.
Your pancakes look cute in the bag, all lined up. 🙂
I really should do this. I used to cook fresh pancakes in the morning when I had 2 kids. Now I have six and I don’t generally feel like standing there for a half hour flipping pancakes in the morning. Thanks for the idea.
Shannon C says
That’s a great tip! I’m always sticking extras in the fridge, thinking someone will eat them within a day and then they turn into rubbery frisbees. If I just froze them, they’d be edible when one of my dc whines for me to make pancakes when I’m not in the mood to do so!
I love the bagel bag idea & freezing them separately first. I just put 4 in a bag. So if I’m only making pancakes for the boys, I pull out 1 bag (I have 2 boys). I’m going to try your idea next time.
I do this all the time! I make up waffles too. It makes mornings so much easier, and sometimes even lunch! Your pancake recipe looks healthier than mine though, I have to try it.
Have you found a way to save on maple syrup? I actually bought Mrs. Buttersworth last week but I cringe each time my kids eat it…all that high fructose corn syrup and who knows what else!
I make my own maple syrup. It tastes much better than the regular brands you buy at the supermarket. It also costs pennies. Boil two cups of water with two cups of sugar add a couple of squeezes of lemon juice (it won’t change the taste, but it will stop the syrup from forming crystals). Once this mixture has reduced to syrup consistancy remove from heat and add about a tablespoon of maple extract and mix. That’s it! This syrup is absolutely delicious.
GREAT! How long does the maple syrup last for? Should it be refrigerated?
Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says
Oh girl – we need to live closer together. We’d have so much fun being domestic together with our brood. 🙂 How did I never do the bagel bag? Genius. Thanks for linking with Tasty Tuesday.
We love pancakes and I often make extras and freeze them. I can’t wait to try your recipe.
this reminds me that i need to make another batch of pancakes! wonderful idea about the bagel bag!
I do this with french toast, and it re-heats well in the toaster! Makes for such an easy morning treat!
I haven’t frozen pancakes before. How do you re-heat them? I would’ve thought they would be too “rubbery”. Any tips??
Yum! I love doing freezer pancakes. I always make a double batch. 😀
This is a great idea! Wish I had known about this when my kids were little.
Through lots of trial and error, I now have it down to this: I quintuple my recipe (& have thought of making even more so I don’t have to do so often), cool them in stacks on a baking sheet, & store them in freezer bags (reuse the bags until they fall apart).
I use a mixture of unbleached flour, ground oatmeal, wheat germ, ground flax seeds, & vegetable fiber. Other substitutes I use: sea salt, cane sugar, & applesauce (in place of oil). For added flavor, I use real vanilla & almond extracts (I personally like cinnamon & nutmeg, but picky son balked at flavor).
Only 1 child of mine eats pancakes daily, 2 others who eat them occasionally, & 1 who informed me if I put chocolate chips in it he would eat them too.
When I am feeling loving and creative, I make pancakes with their initials. (It takes practice. Ended up with a heart shape one day. 5yo demanded a heart too. I said, “It was a fluke.” She then demanded that I make her a ‘fluke’. LOL)
LOVE the bagel bag idea~ I will be copying that one! Thanks.
Emily @ marvelous recipes says
A great idea. Love the bagel bag tip!
Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship says
I’ve read some scary things about powdered dairy products – the procedure to get it “powdered” ends up creating oxidized cholesterol, which is really unhealthy for us (ever heard of “free radicals”?). It’s actually really easy to make buttermilk. You just need to add a bit of storebought buttermilk to regular milk and leave it on the counter for a day. Then you can use part of your buttermilk as the next starter.
Tammy Gardner says
I use the whole grain pancake mix recipe from the King Arthur flour website. It tastes good. I also use a coffee grinder to grind flours. It works quite well. I don’t drink coffee at all, so it has never been used for that.
When we make pancakes (we have 5 kids), I have saved syrup bottles and I make up enough batter the night before and put it in the bottles. Then in the morning, all I have to do is heat the griddle and squirt out the batter. And it’s less messy when the kids want to help me cook!
so I made your pancakes this morning… have you ever made them with real buttermilk? I had to add another 1/4c. of buttermilk because they were as thick as cornbread batter and didn’t spread out on the griddle. Do you think that affected the texture?
Probably, I just posted a buttermilk recipe this morning that might work better for you if you are using buttermilk.
Thank you for this! I have 2 extras sitting on my counter right now! I will be freezing them. 🙂
I am totally going to do this!! I’ll need to figure out a different storage method because I buy bagel thins on the rare occasion I buy bagels and the bag is not shaped like a tube.
How long are they good in the freezer?
Probably a month or two.
Love you bagel bag idea! I have been freezing pancakes for a while and just recently started freezing other breakfast items, as well (your whole wheat/cornmeal waffles, and breakfast muffins are awesome!). What a great way to have a nicer breakfast during the week, without having to get up an extra half hour earlier to do it, or feel rushed out the door! Now, I want to make English muffin breakfast sandwiches and see if they freeze well…
I love doing this with pancakes. The best part is that my kids feel big because they get to “cook” breakfast by popping a couple pancakes in the toaster!
i finally figured out that, when I reheat them in the microwave, I should do what the frozen storeboughts say: put them in a pile, NOT next to each other. 3 = 1 min. 4 = 1:15.
For some reason, they don’t reheat well when ya just put them flat on the plate…
LOVE the bagel bag idea! TX AS ALWAYS!
Lisa Stice says
I wish pancakes lasted that long here. We usually just put them in wax bag in the fridge, and they are gone in a day or two. But this is a great idea.
Thanks for the tip! I feel like it takes forever to make pancakes, so they are a rare treat around here. I love cooking in bulk and freezing extras for later and will be adding this to my bulk cooking recipes! I also love the idea of reusing a bagel bag. I hate how many of ours go to waste. But, not anymore!
Brandy @ Salute2Saving says
We refreeze pancakes, but I never thought of the bagel bag idea! So clever! Thanks Toni!
Have you ever reheated them in the oven…I am having a lot of company in a few weeks and doing so many won’t work in the toaster…I don’t have a microwave…but I must make as much in advance as possible. I’m planning to make your whole wheat applesauce pancakes. Love those!
Can I just say thank you. I have done this only using freezer bags but this time I am cooking for a sick mother of 5. I was able to get 20 pancakes in each bag. (40) total. This should give her a break for a couple of days. Awesome idea! Will help me in the future too! Denise