Freezing

FREEZING BISCUITS & SCONES

Prepare recipe as directed through the shaping step. Place on a non-stick baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Remove to a bag/container for storage.

To bake, remove desired number of biscuits and add 2-3 minutes to the baking time.

Note that every biscuit recipe is different, so if your biscuit does not rise well when you go from freezer to oven, try letting the biscuit thaw for 30-60 minutes before baking.

My Favorite Biscuit Recipe
Cranberry Orange Scones
Sour Cream & Onion Biscuits
FREEZING PIE CRUSTS

Prepare recipe as directed, but do not roll out. Instead, gather crust into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in a freezer-safe container and freeze.

To bake, allow dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Roll out as usual.

Another option is to prepare the recipe as directed AND roll out into a pie plate. Freeze both plate and dough in a freezer bag, remove excess air and freeze. To bake, place frozen pie crust into the oven and add 2-3 minutes to the baking time. No need to thaw first.

My Pie Crust Recipe

Cranberry Orange Scones

FREEZING TORTILLAS

Prepare recipe as directed. Allow tortillas to cool completely. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Place items in a freezer-safe container and return them to the freezer.

Corn Tortillas
Flour Tortillas
FREEZING PITA BREAD

Prepare recipe as directed through the first rise. Divide the dough into desired portions, wrap loosely in plastic wrap, place into a freezer-safe container and freeze.

To bake, allow dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or for 2-3 hours at room temperature. When dough is thawed, roll out into rounds and proceed with the remainder of the recipe.

Homemade Pita Bread
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FREEZING PIZZA DOUGH

Prepare recipe as directed through the first rise. Divide the dough into desired portions, wrap loosely in plastic wrap, place into a freezer-safe container and freeze.

To bake, allow dough to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or for 2-3 hours at room temperature. Roll out as usually and proceed with the remainder of the recipe.

My Favorite Pizza Dough Recipe
Taco Pizza with Cornmeal Crust
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FREEZING TRADITIONAL BREADS (UNBAKED)

Prepare the recipe as directed through the first rise. Punch down and shape into loaves. Line your baking pan with plastic wrap, place shaped loaves into the pan and freeze overnight. Remove from the baking plan, wrap with the plastic wrap, place in a freezer-safe container and freeze.

To bake, place frozen loaves into the same baking pan, greasing it first. Cover with the same plastic wrap or a towel and place in a warm place to thaw and rise until doubled in size, approximately 4-6 hours. Watch the dough, as the time for this will vary depending on the environment. As soon as the dough has completed its second rise, bake.

Note: If your bread falls during the baking process, it rose too much during the second rise. Because of this, it’s not recommended to thaw these types of dough in the fridge.

If preparing rolls or buns, follow the same instructions as above except shape into rolls and bake on a baking sheet. Remove frozen rolls to a freezer-safe bag for storage.

Homemade Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns
FREEZING TRADITIONAL BREADS (BAKED)

Once baked, allow bread to cool completely. Slice the loaves as desired and wrap the entire loaf in plastic wrap, and then place in a freezer-safe bag for storage. To eat untoasted, remove desired number of pieces and allow to thaw up to 5 minutes. There is no need to thaw if you want to eat the bread toasted.

Alternatively, you can freeze whole loaves of bread without slicing first. I find the bread to be more crumbly if I slice after freezing, so I would suggest using this method on non-sandwich loaves.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread
Beer Bread
Parmesan Twists
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FREEZING QUICK BREADS & MUFFINS (UNBAKED)

Prepare recipe as directed. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, pour batter into the pan and freeze overnight. Remove batter from the pan, wrap with plastic wrap, place in a freezer-safe bag and freeze.

To bake, remove frozen batter from the plastic wrap and place in the same loaf pan originally used, greased first. Place in the oven and bake as directed, adding 5-10 minutes to the baking time as needed.

Alternatively, you can place frozen batter in the loaf pan and allow to thaw overnight in the fridge. Proceed with baking times as directed on the recipe.

To freeze muffins, line a muffin pan with muffin liners and pour batter into the cups. Freeze the entire pan, with the liners in place, overnight. Remove individual frozen muffins and store in a freezer-safe container.

To bake, place lined muffins into the muffin tin and bake as directed, adding 5-10 minutes to the baking time as needed. Alternatively, you can thaw the lined muffins in the muffin tin overnight in the fridge and bake as directed.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Lime Yogurt Breakfast Cake
FREEZING QUICK BREADS & MUFFINS (BAKED)

Once baked, allow bread to cool completely. Slice the bread into pieces as desired and wrap the entire loaf in plastic wrap, and then place in a freezer-safe bag for storage. To serve, remove desired number of pieces and allow to thaw up to 5 minutes.

For muffins, remove desired number of muffins from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for up to 5 minutes before eating.

Zucchini Bread with Carrots and Apples
Rise & Shine Tropical Multigrain Muffins
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FREEZING PANCAKES & WAFFLES (UNBAKED)

Prepare recipe as directed and pour into a freezer-safe bag. Remove excess air and freeze.

To use, thaw batter overnight in the fridge. Snip off the end of the bag and pipe pancakes on a preheated griddle, skillet or waffle iron.

Soaked Pancakes
Gluten-free Apple Butter Pancakes
FREEZING PANCAKES & WAFFLES (BAKED)

Prepare recipe as directed and allow food to cool completely. Place items on a baking sheet, in a single layer. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Place items in a freezer-safe container and return them to the freezer.

Classic Pancake
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Waffles
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FREEZING COOKIES (UNBAKED)

Prepare recipe as directed. Scoop cookies onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 1-2 hours. Place items in a freezer-safe container and return them to the freezer.

To bake, remove desired number of cookies and bake according to the recipe directions, adding 2-5 minutes as needed.

For slice-and-bake cookies, prepare the recipe and shape into a log as directed. Freeze the log a freezer-safe bag. To bake, allow dough to warm to room temperature so you can slice with cracking the dough. Slice and bake as directed.

For cut-out cookies, prepare the recipe and shape into discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in a freezer-safe bag. To bake, allow dough to warm thaw overnight in the fridge in the bag. Then allow to come to room temperature until warm enough to roll out and cut.

Vanishing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Whole Wheat Cinnamon Cookies
FREEZING COOKIES, BROWNIES & CAKES (BAKED)

Cookies: Prepare recipe as directed and freeze in freezer-safe bags. To serve, thaw at room temperature, still in the wrapping.

Brownies: Prepare recipe as directed but do not cut into servings. Double wrap and freeze. To serve, thaw at room temperature, still in the wrapping. Once thawed, cut into serving sizes and serve.

Cakes: Prepare the recipe as directed and place in a air-tight container. To serve, thaw the cake overnight in the fridge. Then allow the cake to come to room temperature for a few hours before serving.

Note: If possible, freeze cupcakes or cakes unfrosted. You can frost them once they have thawed in the fridge, and then again thawed at room temperature.

Chocolate Brownie Cake
Cinco de Mayo Brownies
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ADDITIONAL GENERAL FREEZING GUIDELINES

Whenever possible, freeze foods unbaked so that they can be baked fresh for optimal flavor.
Wrap foods twice if they will be frozen for longer than two weeks, in order to prevent freezer burn. Use a combination of plastic wrap, aluminum foil, freezer-safe bags and containers. Remember that your second layer can be re-used over and over again.
Remove as much excess air as possible whenever freezing. This maintains freshness in the taste of your foods.
Always label your food with the label visual on the outside. A piece of paper between aluminum foil and plastic wrap, sharpie on a freezer-safe bag or masking tape on a container all work well.
Freeze on a non-stick surface when possible. Lining your pan with parchment paper will help to prevent the food from sticking to the pan as well.
In general, dough with yeast turns out better after it has gone through one rise before freezing. Adding an extra teaspoon of yeast will help make yeasted dough rise better on the second rise.
STEP-BY-STEP

I was stumped for the longest time on how to make dishes in a pan and freeze them, without having to keep my pan in the freezer too… I mean, I only have so many pans, ya know? Not only is there limited freezer space as there is, but what am I supposed to cook with if everything is in the freezer?

Here’s a picture tutorial of blender banana bread that I made, then froze for the freezer (without tying up my pan!)

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Step 1: Line the pan with plastic wrap. Pour batter into pan. Freeze.

Step 2: When batter is frozen, lift out of pan.

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Step 3: Wrap frozen batter with plastic wrap.

Step 4: Wrap frozen batter again, with something else. (I chose aluminum foil.)

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Step 5: Finish wrapping.

Step 6: Place in a freezer safe container (I used a plastic bag) and label. My label is in the bag, but not wrapped up along with the batter.

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