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Can You Freeze Buttermilk Biscuits?

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Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits – they can be served with butter and jam, used as a base for biscuits and gravy, or enjoyed alongside savory dishes like fried chicken or stews. In essence, they’re amazing! Let’s butter those buns & freeze them.

Can You Freeze Buttermilk Biscuits?

Yes, baked buttermilk biscuits can be frozen for up to 3 months. Unbaked buttermilk biscuit dough can be frozen for up to six months. The best way is to freeze the unbaked biscuit dough (disc or puck shape) and cook them later. Otherwise, bake a batch of biscuits as you normally would and then allow them to sit on a wire rack until totally cool. Following that, wrap each cooled biscuit in foil, and store all of them within one, large freezer-safe bag.

Do Buttermilk Biscuits Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Buttermilk Biscuits? Yes

Looking for a full list of Thanksgiving foods you can freeze? Here it is!

How to Freeze Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

Freezing buttermilk biscuits is a great way to ensure you’ve always got wonderfully tasty pastries on hand, ready to go for a rainy day!

You’ve got two options: #1. Already baked. #2. Unbaked (dough). We cover both in detail below:

 Already Baked Biscuits

  1. Bake and cool the biscuits: Follow your normal biscuit recipe. Once done, allow the biscuits to cool. If you’re working with non-cooled bread, the containers and wrappings will all become very condensation-heavy, leading to a disappointing final product.
  2. Wrap individually in foil: Wrapping each biscuit individually in foil will ensure that their tender texture won’t be damaged as they’re jostled about in the freezer. Instead, the biscuits will remain delicate and intact for quite a while.
  3. Place into a large bag and seal: Place each wrapped-up biscuit into a large, freezer bag, before pressing out all the excess air and sealing tightly to prevent as much condensation as possible. This will ensure that the biscuits don’t become soggy in the freezer.
  4. Freeze: Freezing the biscuits near the center of your freezer is the best way to ensure they maintain their quality. Freezing them there, away from the frost front, will ensure they don’t become damaged.

Tip

If you’re really particular about not squishing your biscuits, you can place the cooled biscuits on a baking sheet, cover them with a layer of plastic wrap, freeze them, remove them, and then wrap them individually in foil. Follow Steps 3 & 4 above after that.

Unbaked Biscuits (Dough)

  1. Make biscuit dough: Follow your normal biscuit recipe, stopping prior to baking.
  2. Initial Freeze: Place each unbaked biscuit disc in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cover the entire sheet with a single layer of plastic wrap and then place it in your freezer.
  3. Transfer to large bag and seal: Once fully frozen, transfer each disc/puck into a large, freezer-safe bag, then press out all the excess air and seal it tightly to prevent condensation.
  4. Final Freeze: Place your bag of homemade biscuits at the center of your freezer. Freezing them away from the frost front (near the edges), will ensure that they don’t become damaged.

Tip

Similar size and shape is an important goal here – that way, your frozen biscuit dough will cook evenly to a beautiful golden brown. We recommend using a 2-inch round cutter.

Freezer-Friendly Cookie Recipes

Try out one of these delicious recipes that are perfect for freezing:

3 Tips for Freezing Buttermilk Biscuits

Here are our Top 3 Tips, which we strongly recommend following, to give you the best results when freezing your homemade buttermilk biscuits:

Don’t Top or Fill Them Before Freezing
Topping or filling the biscuits can introduce added moisture to your biscuits, which will damage the biscuits before long. Only add to the biscuits after you’ve thawed them.

Ensure the Bag is Sealed
Ensuring that the bag is sealed will ensure that your biscuits don’t absorb any freezer aromas, instead remaining smooth and rich in flavor, allowing them to complement any dish that you might serve them alongside. Also, don’t forget to press out any excess air in the bag.

Unbroken & One Piece (if already baked)
Surface area is the enemy in the freezer, so making sure your biscuits have a relatively small surface area (aren’t broken) will ensure that they’re less likely to be damaged through time spent within the freezer. The outermost layer, which will be crispy from the oven, will provide a level of protection. 

How Long Can You Freeze Buttermilk Biscuits?

You can freeze buttermilk biscuits for around six months before they’re liable to get damaged.

One of the main reasons for their longevity is that they have a high-fat content, and fat repels water.

How Do You Defrost Buttermilk Biscuits?

Already Baked: The simplest way to defrost already baked buttermilk biscuits is to reheat them while still inside their foil. Put them into a 200˚C/400˚F oven for around 8-10 minutes, and they should be warm, soft, and decadent. Keeping them in the foil allows some steam to collect within the parcel, keeping the biscuits soft and delicate.

Frozen Dough: And the simplest way to defrost frozen biscuit dough is to bake it directly from frozen. Transfer the frozen biscuits to a baking tray as you usually would, and although baking time will vary depending on the size and recipe used, start by adding 5 minutes to your bake time, adding up to 5 more if needed.

Can You Refreeze Buttermilk Biscuits?

Yes, you can safely thaw and refreeze buttermilk biscuits as many times as you like – they contain no meat, raw dairy, or eggs.

However, we would advise against repeated freezing and thawing as it will draw moisture out of the biscuits. Best practice is to only thaw as much as you’ll eat.

Do Buttermilk Biscuits Freeze Well?

Buttermilk biscuits do freeze quite well. Two main reasons for this are biscuit density, and the amount of fat they contain (hello, buttermilk). This means that any water is quite likely not to be absorbed into the biscuits, leading to a better-preserved final product. 

FAQs

How Long Do Buttermilk Biscuits Last in the Fridge?

They’ll last 1-2 days in the fridge once baked.

Can You Freeze Biscuit Dough?

Yes, you can freeze biscuit dough for up to 6 months. Directions for doing so are covered above.

Can You Defrost Buttermilk Biscuits in the Microwave?

Yes, you can defrost already-baked buttermilk biscuits in the microwave. However, frozen buttermilk biscuit dough is best defrosted by simply baking the biscuits as you normally would (adding a few extra minutes in the oven).

Can You Freeze Canned Biscuits (store-bought)?

Yes. The easiest method is to place the can into the freezer directly. Or, if you’d like, you can open the can, spread out each disc on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and then follow the frozen dough directions from above. Don’t worry, it won’t burst open in the freezer unless you accidentally squish it.

To thaw the canned biscuits, transfer the tube to the refrigerator the night before you need it, and then bake as directed on the package.

Sources

We have verified the information on this page using the following resources:

University of Missouri

Taste of Home

Foodie with Family

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