Homemade biscuits have been a staple in kitchens for a very long time, and it’s no wonder! They are fluffy, hearty, and go perfect with so many meals. But what’s the best way to keep them fresh afterwards? Read on to learn how to store biscuits different ways so that your family can continue to enjoy them even when they’re not hot out of the oven.
When I was first learning how to prepare home cooked meals for my husband and children, biscuits were the first bread item that I made from scratch. They’re really the perfect quick bread for anyone new to baking. They’re so simple to make and everyone loves biscuits!
Now I make them so frequently I don’t have to think twice about it. Sourdough biscuits are our familiy’s go-to biscuit recipe but I also enjoy making whole-wheat biscuits and sweet biscuits when I’m using them for dessert.
Biscuits aren’t just for breakfast either! Of course we love them topped with sausage and gravy (my husband’s favorite) or with some eggs and local bacon. But they’re also perfect for topping a pot pie, dipping in a hearty moose stew, or even topped with strawberries and whipped cream for an evening treat.
Even with our family of six, there are usually a few biscuits leftover after I bake a batch, but they don’t last long in this house. Still, I want to store them properly so that they maintain their freshness until we finish them.
There are several ways to store biscuits including:
- At room temperature
- In the fridge
- In the freezer
- Freezing them uncooked
Here are the best ways to store biscuits whether they’re leftover or you want to bake a double-batch to save for later!
How to Store Biscuits at Room Temperature
If you only have a small number of biscuits left from the batch you made, it’s fine to store them at room temperature. For best results, always be sure fresh biscuits are completely cooled on a wire rack before storage to prevent excess moisture.
The best way to store biscuits at room temperature is in a plastic bag, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil. This way, you can push as much air out as possible to keep them from drying out.
We don’t keep plastic bags or plastic wrap in our kitchen but use reusable food storage bags and beeswax wraps instead. These work just as well and are great for storing leftover biscuits at room temperature.
An airtight container or cookie jar also works but because you can’t remove all of the air, the biscuits will dry out more quickly.
When storing biscuits at room temperature in a dry place, they will stay fresh for up to 2 days.
How to Store Biscuits in the Refrigerator
If you have a large amount of biscuits to store, it’s best to keep them in the fridge. Also, if your type of biscuit contains a perishable ingredient such as cheese (we love cheddar biscuits with seafood!) then they should be kept in the fridge.
Again, store biscuits in an airtight bag, wrap, or container once they are completely cool. They will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Keep reading for tips on reheating cold bicuits and enjoying them leftover!
How to Freeze Biscuits
If you want to bake a large batch of biscuits ahead of time to use later, freezing them is a great option if you won’t be using them within a week. It’s always nice to bake items ahead of time when expecting company or planning a large meal or pot luck.
You can make them early, freeze them, and pull them out whenever you need them! Or, if your family will only eat a few biscutis at a time, freeze half of the batch for another time.
The best way to keep biscuits fresh when freezing is to vacuum seal them. This way you don’t have to worry about freezer burn. If you don’t have a vacuum sealer, store them in an airtight bag, freezer-safe container, or wrap tightly with your choice of wrap.
Frozen biscuits will keep for up to 3 months. To eat, simply pull out the number of biscuits you want and thaw in the fridge for an hour or two.
How to Freeze Unbaked Biscuits
If you really want to be on top of it, spend some time mixing up biscuit dough then freeze them to bake later! Here’s how to do it:
- Prepare the dough as usual and cut out the biscuits.
- Place the cut out biscuits in a single layer on a parchment paper or baking mat lined sheet pan and cover loosly with a tea towel or your choice of wrap.
- Freeze unbaked biscuit dough for 2 to 3 hours or until completely frozen.
- Remove form the sheet pan and put all of the biscuits in an airtight container or resealable freezer bag and return to the freezer for later use. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- To bake, remove how many raw biscuits you want and place them on a baking mat or parchment-lined baking sheet. No need to thaw! Bake biscuits as directed in the recipe you used.
How to Reheat Biscuits
Whatever method you choose for how to store biscuits, here are some different ways to reheat them so that you can enjoy them all over again:
- Griddle– Heat up a cast iron skillet or other griddle. Cut biscuits in half and spread softened butter on each half. Place on the warm griddle, cut half facing down, and cook for a few minutes until warm. Delicious!
- Oven– Place biscuits on a sheet pan and heat in a 350 degree f oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and warm.
- Toaster Oven– Slice biscuits in half and toast to desired browness.
- Microwave– Heat biscuits on a plate in a microwave in 10 second increments until warm.
Once your biscuit is warmed to perfection, slather it with homemade butter, jam, honey or whatever you prefer! It might not be fresh from the oven but it will be close enough!
Ideas for Using Leftover Biscuits
Here are some ideas for ways to use up leftover biscuits:
- Sandwiches– Cut in half and fill with deli meat, cheese, salmon spread, peanut butter and jam, or your favorite sandwich filling and enjoy for lunch.
- Pot Pie– Get dinner ready even faster by not having to mix up a topping or crust for pot pie. Simply mix up the filling, spread in a baking dish, and top with halved leftover biscuits then bake.
- Dessert– Top with fresh fruit and homemade whipped cream for a special treat!
- Breakfast to Go– Fill sliced warm biscuits with fried eggs, cheese, and bacon or sausage for a quick start to the day.
- Breadcrumbs or Croutons– Grate leftover biscuits into breadcrumbs or cube and bake to make croutons! Nothing goes to waste! Check out this post for more ideas to use up leftover bread.
I love having leftover biscuits handy the next day for a quick breakfast or lunch. And our kids love snacking on them too!
Of course, even after proper storage, if any of your biscuits have an off smell, mold growth, or you have some especially hard biscuits, discard and make a new batch.
Now that you have several ways for how to store biscuits, you can be sure that the quality of the biscuits you bake for your family will last! Taking simple steps to ensure proper storage will mean delicious, tender biscuits for your family every time.
Taking the time to make a double batch of biscuits means you’ll have some ready in a pinch, whether you store them in the fridge or freeze them. Biscuits are always handy to have on hand and there are so many ways that you can incorporate them in to meals and enjoy them!