Are you a croissant lover? Then welcome to the club! I’m convinced that the biggest disadvantage of being a croissant lover is dealing with leftovers.
That’s when you ask yourself: Can you freeze croissants?
YES, you can!
Do you know what’s the best way to freeze croissants? The right way! 😄 Below you’ll find a simple guide on how to freeze croissants, how long they last in the freezer, and probably some more info.
How To Freeze Croissants In 3 Simple Steps
Here is the simplest way to freeze croissants:
STEP 1: Make sure your croissants are as fresh as possible before putting them in the freezer.
Bake your croissants in the oven or get them fresh from the store. You want your croissants to be fresh before freezing them in order to maintain their shape and texture during the freezing process.
STEP 2: Let the croissants cool down. You don’t want to put hot croissants in the freezer because this could result in freezer burn. You can wait for them to cool down at room temperature and then place them in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before putting them in the freezer.
STEP 3: Use freezer tape, zip bags, or freezer bags. Once you place your croissants in zip bags or freezer bags, push the air out to prevent them from getting freezer burned. You can wrap each croissant individually, which is something I do when freezing donuts.
Once the air is out, store the croissants in an airtight container. Congratulations, your croissants are ready to stay in the freezer for up to 6 months! Don’t forget to add the date to the bag. (I always forget to do that.)
PRO TIP: If you want to freeze croissants in bulk, then wrap them in cling film or place them on a baking sheet before putting them in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Croissant Dough?
Yes, you can freeze croissant dough but there are a few things you should know before doing so:
• First, the dough needs to be thoroughly chilled before it is frozen. The dough should be chilled in the refrigerator before being frozen. This will keep the butter from becoming too soft and making the dough too hard when it thaws.
• Second, once it has been thoroughly chilled, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Make sure that there is no air inside the wrapping so that moisture does not seep into the dough and ruin it.
This method will extend its shelf life and, when reheating, will allow the dough to come out crispy and fresh, with no freezer burn.
How Long Do Croissants Last In The Freezer?
If you wrapped your croissants well and stored them according to the instructions above, then they can last up to 6 months in the freezer. However, it’s best to eat them within 2 months of freezing to make sure that they are still fresh.
How will you know if your croissants are spoiled?
The USDA states that “foods that deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, tastes, and textures are spoiled.” If you notice that your croissants have an off smell or appearance, stale taste, or if mold appears, then discard them.
Thawing And Reheating Frozen Croissants
You can thaw frozen croissants, but this is not recommended. All you need to do is place unwrapped croissants directly on the oven rack or on a sheet of foil in an oven preheated to 350 degrees.
Additionally, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, placing food in the oven is one of the safe methods of reheating food.
However, if you decide to thaw croissants, you can do it by placing them in the refrigerator overnight or letting them thaw at room temperature for a few hours.
PRO TIP: When you thaw unbaked croissants, make sure they don’t touch each other or they will get mushy and stick together. In other words, lay out your croissants in an even layer on the baking sheet with sufficient space around them so they don’t stick together.
Freezing Croissants Like A Pro
I’m one of those souls who believe that freezing Krispy Kreme donuts or croissants is always a great way to save money. They are also an excellent solution for busy people who desire to have quick and healthy breakfast options.
Now that you know how to freeze croissants like a pro and keep them fresh and delicious even after they’ve left the freezer, you’re good to go!