Who doesn’t love English muffins in their breakfast, right? I love fresh home-baked English muffins but their shelf-life is only a few days. Now, no one has time to make them every other day. So, you might ask can you freeze English muffins? If you love English muffins as much as I do, you might want to make them in bulk and freeze them. Or if a big event is coming up especially during the holidays you might want to prepare some English muffins in advance.
Yes, you can freeze English muffins. If you properly store them, they can last up to three or more months in the freezer. To make sure that they taste good after they defrost, you must wrap and freeze them properly.
How to Freeze English Muffins?
While you can freeze English muffins, to preserve their taste and texture it is important to follow some careful steps while freezing them. You might be inclined to put an unopened pack of store-bought English muffins in the freezer as it is but it is not as effective or good at prolonging its shelf-life. To freeze them properly, follow the directions below:
- First, you need to cut the English muffins in half, preferably with a fork. You can also use a nice but usually, a fork is recommended as it preserves the grooves inside, the air bubbles, as it is good for holding in butter, honey, jam, or any other filling of your choice.
- The next step is to wrap these in plastic wrap, wax paper, or freezer paper. You can wrap the two halves together. When you get them out to thaw, just separate them using the corner of a butter knife. Or you can wrap them individually if you prefer and wish to avoid the hassle of separating them altogether.
- An additional optional step is then wrapping them in aluminum foil to completely lock in the moisture. This also helps to prevent the other food’s odors present in the freezer from being absorbed into the English muffins and ruining their flavor.
- After wrapping the English muffins properly, you will need to put them in an appropriate airtight container. I will advise you to use zip lock bags. Just put the wrapped English muffins inside the zip lock bag and squeeze the air out as much as you can, before sealing them. It is important to note that the plastic bags the store-bought English muffins come in are very thin and thus, not able to keep the odors of other food in the freezer from getting absorbed into them. Therefore, you should store them in a zip lock bag and throw away the store-bought bag or recycle it any other way if possible.
- Alternatively, you can also use another airtight freezer-friendly container that can be sealed.
- Where you place these in the freezer is also important. If you keep them in the door they will keep defrosting and refreezing which will essentially ruin your English muffins. Put them in the freezer where the temperature remains constant such as at the far back. Try not to place it near foods that have a very strong odor.
An important thing to do is label the plastic bag with the date on which you made them and put them in the freezer.
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How do you know if your English muffins are freezer-burnt?
If you do not freeze your English muffins properly, there is a chance they will get freezer-burnt. The obvious signs are discoloration. If ice has developed inside the plastic bag it indicates that your English muffins got a freezer burn.
How to thaw frozen English muffins?
To keep the flavor and texture intact you must thaw/defrost your muffins properly. You can thaw an English muffin in the following ways:
- In the microwave. Just wrap it in a paper towel or a napkin and put it in the microwave for a minute or less, depending on the power of your microwave. Wrapping them up will help keep the moisture locked in and will not dry them out.
- In a toaster or the oven. Just take the English muffins out of the freezer. Take off the wrapping and put them in the oven. Heating frozen English muffins will take longer than unfrozen ones.
- On the stove. Heat the pan on low to medium heat. Put the English muffins onto the pan and slowly heat them on low flame. You can use butter or oil on the pan as well.
- Alternatively, you can leave them on the counter to thaw and heat or toast them slightly in the microwave or a toaster.
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How long do English muffins last in the refrigerator?
If stored correctly in an airtight container, English muffins can last for five to seven days in the refrigerator without being spoilt. Bread, muffins have a relatively short shelf-life at room temperature, but you can increase that by storing it properly in the refrigerator and more so in the freezer.
Why do English muffins get soggy?
Muffins tend to get soggy when you put them in a sealed container when they are still warm. When you bake English muffins and quickly put them in a closed container without letting them cool down, they continue to emit heat. With nowhere to go this steam is condensed and settles back on the muffins making them soggy.
How to Keep Muffins from Getting Soggy?
To make sure your muffins don’t become soggy, first, let them cool off completely before storing them in a container. Then, place a paper towel at the bottom and inside the top of the container and place the English muffins on this paper towel. The paper towel will absorb the moisture emitted by the muffins. If you wish to store them for more than a week, it is better to just freeze them.
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Bakery muffins and English muffins. Are they different?
English muffins are different from other bakery muffins as those are made with baking powder or baking soda whereas English muffins are made with yeast which makes them rise. English muffins have very simple ingredients like milk, flour, salt, yeast, and only a small quantity of sugar. Whereas muffins are denser, include eggs. English muffins are a sort of round flatbread but muffins are not flat rather they rise more due to the baking powder present in them.
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What is wrong with store-bought muffins?
There are several reasons why home-baked muffins are better than store-bought ones. One of the biggest advantages of home-baked English muffins is that you know exactly what ingredients are in there. Store-bought English muffins have added preservatives to make them last on the shelf in the store. Preservatives are never good for your health. Also, it a lot of sugar content. Store-bought muffins are thus, higher in calories and more fattening. Plus, there is nothing better than the aroma of a freshly baked good, and the taste of a warm fresh home-baked muffin has no comparison to the ones found in stores.
Can you eat English muffins without toasting?
English muffins are ideal for toasting. So you should toast them. Also, they do have a bit of a raw flavor. English muffins are specifically made so they have a lot of air pocket for the butter or any other filling to soak in. This works better when they are toasted and are warm. It also gives them a crunch and who doesn’t love that, right?
English muffins are very simple yet utterly delicious. I love them with tea or coffee. In the holiday season don’t you love the smell of freshly baked meals? In the cold winters, a hot cup of tea with some English muffins with lots of better is a cozy treat. So, go bake a huge batch for the winters and pop them in the freezer.
I hope you find this article is helpful and answers all your queries regarding freezing an English muffin. Enjoy this winter season with lots of English muffins in the freezer!