Bought too many English muffins and can’t eat them right away? Freeze them! But do it the right way, by pre-slicing with a fork and using proper storage like a resealable plastic freezer bag or an airtight container.
Hello! I’m Michelle, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love English muffins. Whether I’m going the healthy route with avocado and egg or using an unhealthy pizza or dessert treat, I simply can’t get enough of them. That said, I buy in bulk and always freeze my little heavenly goodies.
If you’re wondering whether or not you can freeze English muffins, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m sharing everything I know about freezing English muffins the right way for the best results.
What are we waiting for? Let’s get frozen (don’t worry, we won’t be singing any Frozen songs).
- Can You Freeze English Muffins?
- How to Store English Muffins the Right Way
- How Long do English Muffins Last in the Freezer?
- How do You Thaw English Muffins?
- Final Thoughts
Can You Freeze English Muffins?
Yes! You can completely, totally, one-hundred-percent freeze your English muffins. But I will tell you this – there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.
You see, in the beginning, I’d chuck one of my English muffin packages straight into the freezer without a care. Sure, that works, and you can totally do that. But that doesn’t mean you should. Without proper storage, the flavor will lack once thawed and cooked. Oh, no!
Avoid potential displeasure in your English muffin devouring by storing your English muffins properly.
How to Store English Muffins the Right Way
Don’t worry – you don’t need any special tools or equipment to store your English muffins the right way. Just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Cut the English Muffins in Half
First things first – you need to cut your English muffins in half. Why? Because you want the English muffin to retain its original structure – otherwise known as the handy air bubbles that capture peanut butter, cottage cheese, butter, and more.
But don’t slice them in half with a knife and call it a day. Using a knife can damage the air bubbles, and that’s exactly what we are trying to avoid! Instead, use a fork and be gentle when pulling the halves apart.
Step 2: Wrap the Halves Separately
I know, I know. It’s a lot more work than you might have wanted to do today. But it will be worth it when you sink your teeth into a delicious, fresh-tasting English muffin!
That said, wrap the halves of the English muffin separately using aluminum foil or plastic wrap. This will reduce the amount of air that reaches the English muffins, preventing loss of flavor, damage, or freezer burn.
Note: If you’re using homemade English muffins, make sure they are cooled down entirely before sticking them into the freezer.
Step 3: Store!
Now, it’s time to store your English muffins. You should not use the plastic packaging your English muffins came in. It is far too thin. Instead, you have two options:
- A resealable freezer plastic bag, or
- An airtight container
Why is this so important? Because you need to protect your English muffins from damage, freezer burn and smells. With that in mind, it’s best to store your English muffins on a lower shelf towards the back of the freezer. This is where the freezer keeps a constant chill.
Also, try to store the English muffins away from anything that may have an intense odor. English muffins can adopt an intense odor nearby. So, to make sure you’re getting nothing but delightful baked goodness, keep it in a safe, odor-free area.
How Long do English Muffins Last in the Freezer?
Okay, so you have properly stored your English muffins in the freezer. They’re safe and sound and ready to be eaten. But wait – just how long do English muffins actually last in the freezer?
A plain, unheated English muffin that is stored properly can last up to six months. However, it is recommended that they be consumed within three months.
Why? Because even the best storage can’t stop natural dehydration and freezer burn, so consuming sooner rather than later is recommended.
Also, keep in mind that if you added other toppings (such as making breakfast sandwiches or miniature pizzas), the lifespan might be altered due to the other ingredients.
How do You Thaw English Muffins?
Ready to eat? The thawing process is simple. You can either leave an English muffin out on the countertop for a slow thawing, or you can use your microwave.
Toss your English muffin into the microwave for around 30 seconds. The goal is to make it a little less solid so that it can warm and crisp up in the toaster or toaster oven. Wrap the English muffin in a paper towel to hold in extra moisture with microwaving!
Still curious about freezing English muffins? Then here are some of the most commonly asked questions to help you out!
Can you freeze store-bought English muffins?
Yes, and the process is the same as storing homemade English muffins. The only difference is you do not need to wait for store-bought English muffins to cool before placing them in the freezer (unless you have crafted the English muffins into pizzas, sandwiches, etc.).
How long do English muffins last in the refrigerator?
We know that English muffins are good for 3 to 6 months in the freezer, but what about the fridge? Even with proper storage, English muffins are only good for around five days. After that timeframe, they will need to be discarded (or placed in the freezer beforehand).
Why do English muffins get soggy?
The main culprit of a soggy English muffin is that it was stored while still hot! Placing a hot English muffin into a container or plastic bag will create condensation, which leads to soggy bread. No, thanks! Let everything cool entirely before storing.
I love English muffins, and I love that they can be frozen! Just make sure that you slice and wrap the halves separately and place them in an airtight container or freezable plastic bag for the best results.
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