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Can You Freeze Churros?

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By Ross Young

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What’s not to love about churros? These crunchy, tender dough sticks are a popular breakfast option in many Hispanic countries, but in the US and other parts of the world, churros are enjoyed at any time of the day!

Whatever your choice of churro topping, the great news is that these delicious goodies can be frozen and preserved for a later date:

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze churros. Churros can be frozen for around 1 month. If you elect to freeze churros in their uncooked form, they will last in the freezer for just a few weeks. While either option is perfectly fine, you might find that freezing the dough is a little messy.

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How to Freeze Churros

Although they don’t last as long as some other snacks in the freezer, you can rest assured that your churros can be frozen safely. We would recommend you cook them first and then freeze them, but as has been mentioned, you can freeze the dough if you prefer. The steps below take you through how to freeze cooked churros. 

  1. Allow to Cool
    You shouldn’t attempt to freeze churros until they’ve cooled to room temperature. You should place them on a baking tray and leave them aside to cool. This won’t take more than a couple of hours. 
  2. Wrap Individually
    You will need to wrap each of your churros individually to ensure they don’t stick together when you put them in the freezer. The best approach here is to double wrap each churro with cling film and place each of them on a tray. 
  3. Freeze Initially
    Transfer the churros on the tray into the freezer and allow to freeze. This should take 3-4 hours. When they’re frozen, remove the tray from the freezer. 
  4. Place in a Freezer Bag
    To save yourself on freezer space, when your churros are frozen solid, you can transfer them into an airtight, freezer-safe bag. This way, they won’t stick together. 
  5. Label and Return to the Freezer
    Write the date that you prepared the churros, as well as the use-by date. Remember, churros can be frozen after being cooked for around one month.

How to Freeze Churros Batter

If you would prefer, you can freeze uncooked churro dough. To do this, you will have to shape the churros and leave the dough to rest for a short while (maybe thirty minutes).

When the batter is hard and the churros have lost some of their stickiness, you can then wrap them individually and follow the same instructions as above. 

3 Tips for Freezing Churros

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing churros to have the best results:

  • Cooked Freezes Better – Although it’s perfectly safe to freeze both uncooked and cooked churros, we would recommend cooking them first and then freezing them. Why? Mainly because they can be frozen for longer when cooked, and also because you don’t have to struggle with sticky fingers when it comes to getting the dough to freeze. 
  • Warm Through – When it comes to reheating your churros, the best way to get the perfect texture is to warm them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. You should allow them to thaw before reheating them in the oven. 
  • Don’t Store in the Fridge – It’s not a good idea to store your churros in the fridge, as they will go soft, and this will take away their crunchiness. If you don’t plan on eating your churros on the day you make them, it’s best to prepare the leftovers for the freezer and skip the fridge altogether. 

How Long Can You Freeze Churros?

You can freeze churros for around one month.

Churro dough will be okay for a couple of weeks if you decide to store it when it’s uncooked. Bear in mind that the longer you leave churros to sit on the counter, the softer they get. As such, it’s a good idea to get them straight in the freezer as soon as you’ve cooked them. 

You Can Freeze Churros for up to 1 Month

How Do You Defrost Churros?

Don’t defrost your cooked churros in the fridge, as they will go soft and may even turn soggy. Remove them from the freezer and lay them on the counter until they reach room temperature. You should then oven bake them for best results and to enjoy that crispy sensation! 

If you’re defrosting uncooked churros, you should put them in the fridge the night before you plan to use them. You can then prepare your churros in any way that you see fit but frying the dough will produce the best churros! 

Can You Refreeze Churros?

Although it’s safe to refreeze churro batter after it has been thawed, we wouldn’t advise it. You shouldn’t refreeze your cooked churros after leaving them to defrost on the countertop, either.

By individually wrapping your churros and only removing what you need, you won’t have to worry about refreezing them. 

Do Churros Freeze Well?

Although they can’t be frozen for a long time, churros actually freeze pretty well. Of course, the best way to enjoy churros is to make them fresh, but we don’t always have the time to prepare the dough and cook them up!

Freezing them is an ideal way of keeping some churros on hand for any time that you get cravings for this delicious snack! 

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing churros or churros in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Shop-Bought Churros?

Generally speaking, you should be fine to freeze shop-bought churros but it’s always worth reading the packaging to see if it states whether or not it is suitable home-freezing. 

Can You Freeze Churros Dip?

Often, churros are served alongside a dip whether that’s caramel or chocolate. But can you freeze this dip? Generally, you can. You will want to use an ice cube tray to freeze it into cubes which can then be bagged up and defrosted as and when you need them. 

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