A crumpet is a small griddle bread made from an unsweetened batter of water or milk, flour, and yeast. They are popular in the UK, Canada, and Australia and are delicious served with lashings of butter and jelly.
You can also serve them as a savory treat with garlic or herb butter or slices of cheese. You could have a breakfast crumpet which you could serve with a poached egg and a couple of rashers of bacon. However, perhaps you have made too many or there is a sale of crumpets at the store. Is there a way to store them for the long term?
The answer is simple. You can freeze them, and they do freeze particularly well. In this article, we will tell you how to freeze crumpets and how to defrost them.
How To Freeze Crumpets
You will find that there is little change in the taste and texture of your crumpets when you freeze them. You can freeze them either in the packet they come in or you can freeze them individually if you have opened the packet or have made your own.
How To Freeze Crumpets in A Sealed Package
1. Put a label on the packet of crumpets.
Put the date on the packet so you know when you put it in the freezer. You don’t want to keep it in the freezer for so long that they spoil.
Put the sealed bag of crumpets in the freezer. It’s as simple as that.
How To Freeze Homemade Crumpets or Crumpets From An Open Packet.
1. Wrap the crumpets.
You don’t want the crumpets to stick together so wrap them individually in either aluminum foil or cling film. Make sure that you wrap them tightly so that freezer burn doesn’t occur. Freezer burn will ruin the taste and texture of your crumpets.
2. Put the crumpets in freezer bags.
Make sure that you squeeze out all of it from your freezer bags to avoid freezer burn. Put labels on the bags with the date and contents.
Tips For Freezing Crumpets
- Make sure that the crumpets are airtight otherwise freezer burn will occur. If you are freezing a sealed packet, this will be airtight. However, if you are freezing homemade crumpets or crumpets from an opened packet, you will have to wrap the crumpets individually and put them in a freezer bag.
- Freezing individually or in pairs will ensure that you only defrost as many crumpets as you need. This will help to avoid wastage.
- Serve the crumpets toasted as they will taste even better.
For How Long Can You Freeze Crumpets?
Just like most baked goods, you can keep your crumpets in the freezer for between four and six months. After this time, the taste and texture will start to deteriorate even though they will probably still be safe to eat.
How Do You Defrost Crumpets?
The easiest way to defrost crumpets is to put them in the toaster or underneath the grill while they are still frozen. They will heat up in no time at all. The only problem you will have is if you haven’t frozen the crumpets individually. Then they will probably have stuck together, and you will have to get a blunt knife to prise them apart. If you want to thaw them out first, you can put them in the microwave for about 15 seconds. However, if you microwave them for too long, the crumpets will end up rubbery.
Can You Refreeze Crumpets?
No, it isn’t a good idea to refreeze crumpets, the same as most baked goods. When you freeze an item of food, ice crystals are formed and if you refreeze, even more ice crystals appear, and this can make your crumpets soggy. Therefore it is best to freeze crumpets individually or in pairs so that you only defrost as many as you need at any one time.
Is It A Good Idea To Freeze Crumpets?
Yes, it is. Crumpets freeze particularly well, and you will hardly notice any difference in taste or texture. If you toast them, you won’t notice any difference at all, and crumpets always taste the best when they are toasted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, you now know all there is to know about freezing crumpets but in case you are still curious about freezing crumpets or crumpets in general, we have answered a few questions here.
You can, but they don’t last nearly as long as they do in the freezer. You will need to put them in an airtight container or a strong resealable bag but they will still only last in the fridge for up to three days.
Pikelets are similar to crumpets but they are flatter and thinner. They can be frozen in the same way as crumpets. Just be a little more careful with them as they are delicate. Because of this, it is also better to just freeze them for around three months as the texture might break down after this time.
Yes, there are plenty. Try a light topping of summer fruits, fresh ricotta, and honey. Spread nut butter on your crumpets in a thick layer to add some protein and fats, both of which will give you energy and will keep you fuller for longer. Try mozzarella and strong cheddar melted on your crumpets. A pizza crumpet can make a great lunch option. Top the crumpets with tomato puree, spinach leaves, cherry tomato slices, and cheese. Sprinkle them with oregano and melt the cheese under the grill. The Greek crumpet is also a good option. Spread the crumpets with tzatziki, cooked halloumi cheese, and olives. A lovely vegetarian breakfast crumpet is scrambled egg, mashed avocado, chives, and crumbled feta. You can even have a crumpet with a burger, be it beef, chicken, or meatless, or have a brunch crumpet with sausage, egg, bacon, and baked beans.