Can you freeze blueberry muffins? Absolutely, it’s super easy! Here’s a step-by-step guide to freezing your homemade muffins.
You just spent the morning making a huge batch of homemade blueberry muffins. And you realized that there’s no way you and your family can eat them all before they go bad.
I’m guilty of that too. I get excited and want to use up extra fruit like blueberries, so I double a recipe. Then I remember there’s only 3 of us and we really don’t need that many.
Muffins stay fresh longer in the fridge than they do on the counter. But what if you simply can’t eat them all in time?
You can absolutely freeze blueberry muffins! If you store them properly, they’ll stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months. Freezing breakfasts and snacks has been a game changer for me and I recommend this for EVERYONE!
Below is a step-by-step guide on freezing muffins. This works with both homemade muffins and the bakery-style muffins you find at the grocery store! And while I’m talking about blueberry muffins here, this will also work with any type of muffin.
Find a good recipe
In order to freeze blueberry muffins, you have to, well, actually make the muffins first.
These Blueberry Banana Muffins have become a family favorite! You can use frozen or fresh blueberries, and these make for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.
These delicious muffins have easy and wholesome ingredients:
- Whole wheat flour
- Brown sugar
- Greek yogurt
- Fresh or frozen blueberries
- Ripe banana for extra sweetness
Can you freeze unbaked muffins?
I’ve actually frozen muffin batter before, and it does work.
When it’s time to bake, just place the cups right back in the muffin tin. I recommend letting them thaw first before baking at the regular time and temperature.
I honestly prefer freezing a cooked muffin instead of uncooked because it saves time in the long run. But either way will work.
How to freeze
This is the best way to freeze muffins. I’ve been doing this for a long time and it works well!
Cool to room temperature
This first step is super important! A warm muffin could defrost some of the other items in the freezer.
Place on baking sheet
I put parchment paper on my baking sheet so the muffins don’t stick. And I make sure the muffins are in a single layer without touching, so they don’t freeze together.
Freeze 3-4 hours
Honestly, I forget about them after a couple hours so they usually end up staying overnight.
Transfer to gallon-size freezer bag
Label a gallon-sized freezer bag with the name of the recipe and the date you made them. Then stuff as many as you can in there (I can comfortably fit 12) and squeeze as much air as you can out of the plastic bag.
Alternatively, you could also put the muffins in an airtight container. Any type of freezer container would work.
How long are muffins good in the freezer?
In general, most baked goods stay fresh for up to 3 months in the freezer. They’re still safe to eat after that, but the longer they go past that shelf life, the bigger risk they have of getting freezer burn.
For best results, I suggest using them up within the 3 months. That’s when they’ll have the best quality and taste.
How to prevent freezer burn
I recently had to pull out a few items from the freezer because they were covered in ice crystals. Once you defrost them, they’ll become soggy muffins… and it’s just gross.
Here are a few ways to keep your food from getting freezer burn:
- Use up the foods within 3 months of freezing. The longer they stay in, the bigger risk of freezer burn.
- Keep foods toward the bottom/back of the freezer if you can. When you open the door, warm air comes in and very slowly thaws whatever food is up front.
- Wrap your foods in plastic wrap before putting them in a freezer bag. This helps slow down the process.
How to reheat frozen muffins
There are a few ways you can do this:
- Place in an airtight container and thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter
- Place on a microwave-safe plate and use the Defrost setting
Either way, they’ll still come out tasting like a freshly baked muffin!
The next time you make a batch of muffins or buy a box of store-bought muffins, don’t be afraid to freeze them. You’ll save time and money and will have an easy breakfast or midday snack ready to go!