The Absolute Best Ways To Keep Biscuits Fresh

There's nothing better than pulling a tray of freshly baked biscuits out of the oven with steam rising off of their perfectly lifted surfaces, hinting at the pillowy, flaky, buttery soft crumb underneath. How is it that all that beauty turns to tooth-shattering hockey pucks in a few days then? Robert Frost once wrote that nothing gold can stay. Was he talking about biscuits?

There may not be a way to perpetually trap biscuits in that fresh-out-of-the-oven goodness, but there are a few ways to make them last more than a few days. Most of the methods discussed here will require letting biscuits sit out to cool completely which is going to cause some unavoidable staleness, unfortunately. Any time spent sitting out is going to give starches time to crystallize and take away from the original flavor and texture (via FoodCrumbles). With these tips and tricks though, you can save biscuits for later to have with breakfast, to host an unexpected dinner party, or for a sneaky midnight snack. Here are the three best ways we found to store biscuits.

How to store biscuits in the pantry

The first method is an improved way to keep them as fresh as possible at room temperature. This is the most convenient method because it requires no reheating, and your biscuits will be ready to go at any time of the day.

Cooking Chew says that there are multiple ways to store biscuits at room temperature. They can all easily be stored in an airtight plastic container or a sealable bag. This should keep them from being exposed to the air, and prevent them from getting stale as quickly as they would otherwise. Keeping food in an environment with less oxygen prevents many of the chemical reactions that make food taste stale (via VacMasterFresh). Per Cooking Chew, the sealable bag has a slight advantage over a container because it is possible to drain most of the air out of it. This will be like a light vacuum seal for your biscuits. 

Another variation on this method is to wrap them individually in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. This keeps them stored individually, and also keeps even more air away from their surface. Just make sure that they are tightly wrapped.

Biscuits stored in any of these airtight methods may still only stay fresh for one to two days, but should still taste better than being exposed to the air for that time. It's far from the best way to keep biscuits fresh, but can still extend their shelf life.

How to store biscuits in the refrigerator

This method is fairly similar to storing biscuits at room temperature. The advantage is that the cool temperatures should help things to last even longer. Cooking Chew notes that this method should keep biscuits safe and fresh to eat for about a week.

According to Herval, biscuits should be left to sit out and cool completely. Once they are cooled, then they can be stored in an airtight container or sealable bag similar to the pantry storage method. Just as before, it will also help to drain as much air out of the chosen container as possible before storage. 

One of the main advantages of this method is that your biscuits will be ready to go as soon as you want them. Just simply take as many as you'd like out of the bag at a time, and you're ready to go. You can heat them up in the microwave, oven, or toaster oven if you'd like, but it's not necessarily required. 

How to freeze biscuits

There are two great ways to freeze biscuits. The first is to freeze the unbaked biscuit dough. The second is to freeze the biscuits after they've already been cooked. Both have their advantages, and both will need to spend some time in the oven again, so they require a little more time to make it to the table than other methods.

Taste of Home recommends freezing unbaked biscuits after they've already been cut out in rounds. They say to space them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet before putting them in the freezer. Once they've frozen completely they can be transferred to a sealable bag or container where they'll stay fresh for up to three months. With this method you can have truly fresh biscuits ready to go at any time. They can go straight into the oven from the freezer, but may need to add 5 to 10 minutes to the cooking time. Canned biscuits can also be stored with this same method.

Pre-baked biscuits can also be frozen in a similar manner. Biscuits should be left to cool completely before storage or the excess moisture freezing inside the dough may ruin the texture (via Taste of Home). Once cooled, biscuits should be individually wrapped in plastic or foil before being placed inside of a sealed bag. To reheat, simply place the biscuits back in a 350 F oven for 15-20 minutes with a loose piece of foil on top to prevent over-browning.