Since so many fruits are in season during the summer, you can usually find them on sale at the store. I like to wait until my berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) go to $1.00 a package and then I buy them up and freeze them for later use. It’s so nice to be able to make a pie or cobbler in the winter with fresh fruit from my freezer, and I think they taste so much better than store bought frozen. Another thing I like to do with those berries is make muffins with them and then freeze those muffins for later use. This makes a quick and frugal breakfast for another busy morning.
Freezing muffins is really easy. After cooking the muffins according to your recipe, let them cool completely. I like to wrap each muffin individually with wrap and then place enough for a family breakfast in one large freezer bag. Make sure you get out all the air in the bag. I like to wrap them individually to prevent freezer burn. The muffins can stay in the freezer for up to three months, so make sure you label and date your bag.
Reheating muffins from the freezer is really easy and quick. First, you can get them directly from the freezer and place them back in the muffin tin and then place them in 350 degree oven until heated through. If you have time to thaw them out before using them, you can just place them into the microwave for 20 second interval until you the muffin is as hot as you like.
Freezing Muffin Batter
Another way to freeze muffins is to just freeze the batter. In this method, all you do is make your batter as directed in the recipe and then place the batter as you would in the muffin tins. Next, place the whole muffin tin in your freezer until the batter is frozen solid. Then all you do is break the frozen batter from the tins with something, like a butter knife, and gently get it out. Then place them in a freezer bag and get out all of the air. Make sure to label and date the bag. Frozen muffin batter will last for about four months in the freezer.
Reheating Frozen Muffin Batter
To reheat frozen muffin batter, just place the batter back into the muffin tins. You will then need to wait until the batter has completely thawed. Then you can heat the muffins as directed in your recipe. This method is not one I choose for a quick breakfast. If I know I’m going to have the muffins in the morning sometimes I’ll place some wrapping over the muffin tin and then thaw the batter overnight in my refrigerator. Then all I have to do is place it in the oven in the morning.
Berry Muffin Recipes
There are lots of berry muffin recipes that can be found searching online. Here are a few of my favorite ones.
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