Is there a snack quite as quintessentially British as the crumpet? You would be hard-pressed to find one and these light baked goods have been a faithful snack to people for years. Perfect toasted with butter, jam or cheese. But how do you store them for the long term?
Can You Freeze Crumpets?
Yes, you can freeze crumpets for up to 6 months. This works for both shop-bought and homemade crumpets. Wrap each crumpet in foil, place it into a bag, seal it up and then store them in the freezer.
Do Crumpets Freeze Well? Yes
Can You Refreeze Crumpets? No
How to Freeze Crumpets
Crumpets are one of the best types of food items to freeze. They freeze wonderfully and have little difference in texture and taste from when you first put them in the freezer. It couldn’t be any easier!
Now you have the perfect excuse to indulge whenever these are on sale in the supermarket. You can just freeze any extra packets you get!
How to Freeze Crumpets in Sealed Packaging
The process is really simple and quick to do, and there is almost no faffing to do at all! If your packet of crumpets is still sealed and in their original packaging this is as easy as it gets when it comes to freezing.
- Label: Before freezing your unopened crumpets, you will want to write a date label on them to make sure you use them before they start to go bad. Simply write the date you are freezing them.
- Freeze: Take the packet and pop them in the freezer as they are!
As the packaging is airtight and sealed, there’s no need to add further protection to them.
How to Freeze Open Crumpets
If you have crumpets that are no longer sealed in a packet, then there is no need to worry. You can still freeze them but you do need to protect them a little before you freeze them:
- Wrap: Place your crumpets in pairs in tin foil-wrapped parcels. You could also use clingfilm. The aim here is to make them as airtight as possible.
- Bag Up: Make sure they are wrapped tightly. Then pop these into a freezer bag.
- Freeze: Label the freezer bag and put them in the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Crumpets
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing crumpets to have the best results:
Air getting to your crumpets will dry them out, ruining their texture. Instead, make sure you keep them wrapped and airtight.
There will be some minor changes to the texture when they’re frozen. By toasting them, you’ll hide some of these textural changes easily.
By keeping them frozen as individual crumpets, they won’t stick together and you can then easily grab one, two or three crumpets at a time.
How Long Can You Freeze Crumpets?
Crumpets have a similar shelf life to other baked and bread goods so you should only keep crumpets in the freezer for between four and six months. After this, they may start to degrade and lose their firm texture and delightful taste.
Once opened, store them in an airtight container or good-quality resealable bag and keep them in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
How Do You Defrost Crumpets?
The quickest and easiest way to use frozen crumpets is to toast them from frozen. This is super easy, and there is no preparation involved. Simply take your crumpets from the freezer and pull them apart.
This is possibly the most difficult bit there is! You might need to use a blunt knife carefully to help with this step.
Once the crumpets are separated, pop them under the grill or in a toaster until they are done!
If you want to thaw the crumpets out then fully, you can put them in the microwave for a few seconds at intervals to defrost them. Be careful though if you overdo this, they can end up rubbery in texture.
Yes, you can toast crumpets direct from the freezer. Pop them into the toast, use the defrost setting and toast. It’s that easy!
Can You Refreeze Crumpets?
Refreezing anything is rarely recommended, and this applies to crumpets. Refreezing them can cause the texture to complete degrade. Instead, try to only defrost the crumpets you’re like to eat.
That’s why we freeze them in pairs in the above method.
Do Crumpets Freeze Well?
Yes, crumpets do freeze very well!
As with any food, you might experience minimal texture change, but it shouldn’t be enough for you to notice, especially once they are toasted, and most of the time, you won’t find any change.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing crumpets or crumpets in general, then these may help:
Yes, Warburtons crumpets can be frozen. You can either pop an unopened packet of Warburtons crumpets directly in the freezer. Or, you can individually wrap each crumpet and freeze them in a bag.
Pikelets are flatter, thinner versions of crumpets and can be frozen in much the same way. As they are a little more delicate, we suggest only freezing them for up to 3 months to avoid their texture breaking down too much.
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