Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Freezer Muffins

Our family LOVES muffins! We often have them for supper, and they also make a great breakfast on the run. There are SO many different varieties of muffins - blueberry, apple, pumpkin, and lemon to name just a few.

Although muffins don't really take long to mix up, sometimes you just don't have the time (or maybe the energy) to make them. Or maybe you're like our family which isn't big enough to eat a whole batch of muffins before they spoil. Let me introduce you to an idea that maybe you haven't tried before. Freezer Muffins.

No, I don't mean just baking muffins and freezing them. Most of us have probably done that many times. That does work great most of the time, but fresh muffins are just SO much better, and sometimes you just really want HOT muffins not cold ones. The tip I'd love to share with you today is freezing not baked muffins, but muffin batter!

I found this idea several years ago on someone's blog (I've long ago forgotten where). To freeze unbaked muffins, simply fill your muffin tins with batter like normal. Then instead of baking your muffins, immediately place them in the freezer. Usually I let them stay in their pans in the freezer overnight to make sure they freeze solid.

Once you're batter has frozen, you can then remove the muffins from the tins and place them in freezer bags or containers. This frees your muffin tins up to make other muffins, and you now have batter in the freezer all ready to pop back in your muffin tins and into the oven anytime you want fresh muffins in a hurry!

To bake your muffins, I've found that it works best to bake them at 350 for about 35 minutes. When baking fresh muffins, I know the temperature is usually higher than that and the time shorter, but this longer time and lower temperature seems to work best for frozen muffin batter.

Some muffins work better with this freezer method than others, and your muffins may not look quite the same as if you baked them fresh, but they taste great, and it's such a blessing at times to be able to just open the freezer, fill up my muffin tin with muffins, and pop them in the oven!

Another really fun benefit of this freezer method is that you can make and freeze several different kinds of muffins and then when you're ready to bake and serve muffins for breakfast, snack, or supper, you can surprise your family with a variety of muffin flavors!

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Growing Home


Ashlyn @ Consider the Lilies said...

Good tip! I didn't know you could freeze the batter. I cook mine and then freeze the muffins!

Kathryn said...

Love this idea! I need to make some muffins :)

Amy said...

I have NEVER thought to do this, but what a great idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing!
Found you over at Raising Mighty Arrows!

Miss Sarah said...

I'm so glad I could share this with you! I hope you enjoy your freezer muffins as much as we do! :)