French toast is a staple in many households mainly because it’s easy to prepare and requires only a few ingredients. However, some families are always busy and can only allot a few minutes to prepare breakfast daily.
That’s why it’s normal to wonder whether it’s possible to freeze a batch and reheat it the next day. So, can you freeze French toast?
Luckily, you can freeze French toast, and it’ll last for a couple of months as long as it’s stored properly.
Are you curious about how you can store French toast in the freezer and thaw it the right way? Keep on reading!
Freezing French toast is not as complex as you think it is. It only requires minimal effort, a freezer, and a batch of French toast.
Here’s what you need to do:
First, you should cook your French toast according to your desired recipe. Keep in mind that it’s usually better to create a large batch if you’re going to freeze it, as it’ll save you lots of time.
After cooking the French toast, it’s time to let the batch cool on a wire rack or any elevated cooling rack to prevent the bread from becoming soggy.
The texture of the French toast would change if you were to freeze it while it’s moist. So, try to avoid stacking the freshly cooked slices on top of each other, too.
Once the slices have cooled down, you can transfer them onto a baking tray or a cookie sheet. Any tray would work as long as it fits in your freezer.
Afterward, you can freeze the French toast for at least an hour. This step is the most time-consuming, especially if you’re making a big batch.
However, this part helps you make sure that the slices won’t get stuck to each other when you put them in a bag. Moreover, it makes the toast slices easy to remove whenever you want to take them out for reheating.
When you’ve finished freezing the toast slices, you can take them out and transfer them to a bag or container.
Using resealable bags and air-tight containers is ideal because it prevents your food from drying out. When your frozen food becomes exposed to air, its flavor and color will change because it’ll start producing oxidative flavors.
When you’re stacking the bread, you might also want to put parchment paper or foil between every layer so the slices won’t stick to one another while freezing.
You can freeze your French toast once you’ve finished transferring everything into a container. Just don’t forget to write the preparation date on a label.
Regular white bread can last for 3 months in the freezer, but you can expect the French toast to spoil faster since it contains dairy and eggs.
Of course, if you want to reheat the French toast the next day, you can set aside a small portion and store it in the fridge. However, you should keep in mind that your French toast will only last for a few days in that case.
Just like a regular French toast, you can also freeze a French toast casserole. In fact, casseroles are best when you make them ahead of time because you’ll just pop them in the oven after taking them out of the freezer.
Once you’ve prepared the casseroles, just put them in the freezer immediately, with or without baking.
Some people prefer storing the casserole unbaked to end up with a freshly baked dish later. Plus, a baked, frozen, and then reheated casserole can be drier than usual.
Unlike other casserole dishes that last up to 6 months when frozen, French toast casseroles only last up to 2 months.
Like regular French toast, the casserole uses dairy products such as milk and eggs, which generally spoils quickly.
There are some ways to thaw and reheat your frozen French toast, depending on how much time you have on your hands.
Let’s take a closer look at the common thawing options.
First, let the French toast sit on your table for a couple of minutes. When the slices warm up a bit, you reheat them in an oven or a toaster.
If you’re on the go, you can defrost and reheat the French toast in a microwave. Just put the slices on a plate, and microwave them for at least 30 seconds.
The main downside here is that the slices won’t be as crunchy as oven-toasted ones. Still, it’s a quick way to defrost and reheat your French toast.
Lastly, if you made a big batch of French toast, you can put the entire batch in the oven. To do this, line the baking tray with the slices, and bake them for at least 10 minutes at 350°F.
Don’t forget to flip the French toast after 5 minutes to ensure that both sides are baked equally.
If you have leftover French toast batter that you want to save, you can freeze it.
You just have to put the batter in an air-tight container and pop it in the freezer. In cases like this, the batter can last up to 3 months if it’s properly stored.
On the other hand, a refrigerated batter would have a much shorter shelf life. So, it’s better to use the batter within 24 hours because it’ll start deteriorating.
After all, French toast batter contains raw eggs, which can only last up to 2 days, even if it’s refrigerated.
Sadly, it’s not ideal to put back the French toast slices that you’ve already taken out of the freezer and thawed because, again, the bread contains dairy.
So, all in all, it’s not recommended to refreeze a batch of French toast.
Of course, there are benefits to expect whenever you freeze French toast. It might seem like a trivial trick, but it can be a lifesaver, especially for families that don’t have a lot of time to prepare food every morning.
Freezing French toast saves you loads of time. You just need to grab a slice of French toast from your freezer, then pop it in the microwave for a minute or two.
After reheating the bread, you get a scrumptious breakfast. Plus, it leaves you with little to no mess at all because you won’t need to prepare the batter from scratch each time.
As it happens, more than 30% of the food supply in the United States ends up going to waste!
So, you can cut some of that wastage in your household by freezing a large batch of French toast that would’ve spoiled before you got to finish it.
If you were wondering about freezing French toast, now you know that it’s possible with a few precautions.
For one, you need to make sure that you’ve cooked and cooled the bread slices before you freeze them. Then, you’ll need to store them properly in air-tight containers with parchment paper between the layers.
Still, there’s no doubt that French toast is one of the best make-ahead breakfast meals that you can prepare at home!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.