It is pleasant to wake up in the morning and start the day with a cup of coffee and a few fresh-cooked waffles. The main difficulty is to make just enough waffle batter not to have any leftovers.
But what to do in case you don’t eat all of them? How much will they last? Should you keep them on the countertop? In the fridge? Or even you should consider freezing them?
Let’s find out!
How long is waffle batter viable? Refrigerate homemade waffle batter in a sealed container for up to 5 days. For optimal freshness, consume within 3 days. Stir thoroughly before use and check for off-odors to ensure quality.
The period of storing batter dramatically depends on the conditions. You can keep it in many ways:
On the Countertop
This way of storing waffle batter can’t be named progressive and extremely popular. It is explained by the fact that the lasting period is quite limited and short.
If you place waffle batter on the countertop, you have only two hours until the batter may start spoiling. It is so because of the bacteria multiplying in the batter.
Within two hours, the number of them can become really large. So, consider this method of storing waffle batter if you know you will eat them in less than two hours.
In the Fridge
This way of keeping batter is more popular than previously. It will let your waffle batter live longer. If you want to cook fresh waffles the next day, you can put the remnants of the batter in the fridge.
You can keep it there for about two days if the temperature is not higher than 40°F (4-5°C).
Besides, it is important to mention that batter should lay in the fridge for the whole period.
In the Freezer
Put the waffle butter in the freezer when you need to keep them for more than two days.
Many housewives prefer keeping the batter in the freezer to cook something on the spot. The period of storage is about a month. You can use it even after that period, but you risk that the batter’s texture and taste may start to change.
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Before putting waffle batter in the fridge or the freezer, you must consider some points.
First of all, you need to find a suitable container for storing it. There can be different approaches to it:
- Large Jars;
- Plastic freezing bags;
- Airtight freezing containers.
You can put quite enough batter in the jars and close them with the lid. It guarantees that there will be no air inside it. The period of storing it will be pretty big.
Besides, you can simply put it in the freezer. It won’t take so much place there.
Plastic bags are also widespread for keeping waffle batter. The only recommendation is to remove as much air as possible from the package. This will improve the texture and taste of the batter. The expiring period will also increase if you will remove the air excesses.
Containers work almost the same as jars. The only difference is that containers can occupy much more space in the freezer.
What Influences the Storage Time?
The most crucial fact that influences any product’s expiring period is the storage condition. First of all, cooks and housewives pay attention to the temperature, air, and humidity.
The average temperature for keeping waffle batter is about 40°F (4-5°C). It allows the batter to stay good for about two days in the fridge.
Besides, it is also essential to choose the right package to keep it. Simple plastic packages are not quite good. The presence of air can spoil batter quickly.
It is recommended to use special packages with ZIP lockers. They prevent air from penetrating inside the package. The batter will remain fresh for the whole period of storage.
Can I Make Them Ahead of Time?
When you are expecting guests to come, you can think of the idea of preparing waffles ahead of time. There is nothing complex in it.
You can easily make the waffle batter and keep it in the fridge for up to two days before serving or in the freezer for up to one month ahead of time.
Can You Freeze and Reheat Homemade Waffles?
Yes, you can freeze them, and a night before, when you plan to serve them, just let them thaw slowly in the fridge and reheat and serve them on the table the following day.
I highly encourage making homemade waffles because they can be cooked easily without serious effort and expenses. You need a few simple products that can be found almost in every fridge at home.
Instead of buying frozen ones from local grocery stores, consider preparing your waffles at home and storing them in the freezer.
The only advice here is to divide the waffles into small portions and freeze them in different containers or freezing bags you know you will eat in one sitting.
How to Tell if the Batter Has Gone Bad?
You will easily understand that the batter has gone bad. You will smell an unpleasant flavor when you open the package or the container.
Experienced housewives know the difference between the healthy and dead batter. Besides, the texture can say much.
If the batter is too sticky, it is also a bad sign. It is likely to be spoiled having such a condition.
Nevertheless, if you keep the waffle batter in the freezer in proper conditions, it will be ok for a long time.
As we found, you can keep the waffle batter on the countertop for up to 2 hours, in the fridge for about 2 days, or you may consider freezing the waffle batter for up to a month without sacrificing its taste and texture.