The Best Way to Freeze and Reheat Pancakes

updated May 1, 2019
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Saturday pancakes do double duty in my house. Their first job is to fill our bellies on Saturday morning, between cartoons and snuggles, but the leftover pancakes have a second life as a quick weekday breakfast during the week. When a double or triple batch of pancakes yields an abundance of extra flapjacks, this is how we prep them for freezing and then reheat them as needed.

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How to Freeze Cooked Pancakes

Start with your favorite pancake recipe and make sure the pancakes are fully cooked and cooled before freezing.

  • Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet: Place your cooled pancakes in an even layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. They typically take about an hour to freeze solid.
  • Stack the frozen pancakes between waxed or parchment paper: Freezing them solid prevents them from sticking together, but for further stick prevention, layer the pancakes onto each other with sheets of waxed or parchment paper.
  • Store the frozen pancakes in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. And use within 2 months.
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How to Reheat Frozen Pancakes

Once you’ve got a stash of pancakes in the freezer, you can pull out as many as you want at a time. Here are three smart ways to reheat them.

  • Microwave: Lay two to six pancakes on a microwave-safe plate in a single layer. Reheat for 20 seconds for two pancakes, and 60 seconds for four or more pancakes.
  • Oven: Heat the oven to 375°F and heat the pancakes on a foil-covered baking sheet for about 10 minutes.
  • Toaster: Honestly, this method works well in a pinch, but it isn’t my favorite. Put two pancakes — one in each slot — in and toast on a light setting for two to three minutes depending on your toaster.