12 Baking Ingredients You Can Freeze

Your freezer can extend the shelf life of your favorite baking ingredients.

Your pantry keeps many of your essential cooking ingredients safe and organized, but when it comes to baking ingredients, there’s another place in your home that can do the trick: the freezer. Storing baking essentials in your freezer is a great way to extend their shelf life and prevent bugs from getting into your prized ingredients. Here are a few baking essentials that you can keep in your freezer (and here are a few products to help you with freezer storage).

12 Baking ingredients that you can freeze chartClaire Krieger/Taste of Home

All-Purpose Flour

How long it lasts: Two years
How to store flour: Transfer it to an airtight container and freeze.

Flour is necessary for almost any baking recipe from brownies to cakes to scones. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who think it’s yummy. All flours are attractive to pantry bugs, like mites and moths. Storing your flour in the freezer keeps it away from bugs. Plus, it makes your flour last longer.

Butter

How long it lasts: Up to a year
How to store butter: Leave butter sticks in their original wrappers, then place them in the freezer.

Butter contains oils, which means it goes bad faster than many other baking ingredients on this list. Thankfully, you can extend your butter’s shelf life by transferring it to the freezer. Butter sticks should last up to a year when frozen. Bonus: Freezing your butter gives you a head start when working with pastries.

Fresh Fruit

How long it lasts: Up to a year
How to store fresh fruit: Place berries in a plastic resealable bag and freeze. You can freeze bananas whole.

Fruit can be added to breads, muffins, pastries, you name it. But if you buy your fruit in bulk, or want to save fruits past their season, you can freeze them up to a year in freezer-safe bags.

Nuts

How long it lasts: Two years
How to store nuts: Keep unopened bags in the freezer or transfer open packages into freezer-safe bags or containers.

Nuts are ripe with oils that will spoil quickly if left out at room temperature for an extended time (think several months). Prevent nuts from going rancid and keep them tasting fresh by popping them in the freezer.

Yeast

How long it lasts: Two years
How to store baking powder: Keep it in its original packaging and place it in the freezer.

Yeast is one of the most important ingredients if you want to make your own bread at home. Inactive yeast can lead to flat loaves and sad hearts, but keeping your yeast in the freezer can extend its shelf life by up to six months.

Dried Fruit

How long it lasts: 18 months
How to store dried fruits: Keep them in their original bags, then place them in the freezer. You can store them in the pantry as well, where they’ll last about a year.

Like fresh fruit, dried fruits are great additives to many of your baking staples, from waffles to scones. Place bags of dried fruit in the freezer, sealed tight with a vacuum sealer or rubber band and store them for up to 18 months.

Eggs

How long they last: Up to a year
How to store eggs: Do not store eggs in the shell in the freezer. Instead, crack them, beat them and store in an airtight container.

Believe it or not, you can freeze eggs! Once beaten, you can freeze eggs. Defrost and use as normal. You can freeze in single-egg portions for easy baking (or if you freeze several, keep in mind that three tablespoons of beaten eggs equal one egg). Just be sure to use them the same day you thaw them.

Baking Soda

How long it lasts: Forever
How to store baking soda: Keep it in its box and place it in the freezer. Once it’s been opened, store in an airtight container and keep in the freezer.

Baking soda has so many uses around the house, but if you predominately use this ingredient for baking, keep it stored in an airtight container in the freezer to keep it from absorbing odors from other foods.

Almond Flour

How long it lasts: Two years
How to store almond flour: Store in an airtight bag or container.

Almond flour is a necessity if you love making macarons at home. Keeping almond flour in the freezer keeps it fresh, it keeps bugs out and it helps prevent clumping, which is a nightmare to work with when you’re making macarons.

Semolina Flour

How long it lasts: Two years
How to store semolina flour:Store in an airtight bag or container.

Love the taste of homemade pasta? You’ll need to stock up on semolina flour, which is a specialty flour made from durum wheat. It’s perfect for making your own pasta or dusting the outside of homemade pizza dough.

Milk

How long it lasts: Six months
How to store milk: Freeze milk in an airtight container that gives it room to expand.

Yes, you can freeze milk! The key to freezing milk is pouring out enough to give the liquid room to expand in the freezer. You can transfer to mason jars or airtight containers that allow for expansion, just make sure you leave plenty of room. Our favorite way to freeze milk? Pop it in ice cube trays. This way you only need to defrost what you need instead of a large container full.

Heavy Cream

How long it lasts: Up to four months
How to store heavy cream: Pour heavy cream into freezer-safe containers and store. Alternatively, you can pour heavy cream into ice cube trays and freeze.

Heavy cream is wonderful for whipped toppings and cream-based desserts. You can freeze heavy cream for several months past its expiration date, just make sure you freeze it in a container that allows for expansion. Don’t store it in its paper container, as it will cause a huge mess when thawing.

There are some baking ingredients better left in the pantry (like baking powder and chocolate), but for the most part, you can extend the shelf life of your favorite baking staples by properly storing them in the freezer. Just make sure you thaw them slowly and carefully before use!

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Kate Ellsworth
Kate is an avid baker, knitter and writer. Her passions include Star Wars, stress baking and—of course—chocolate. When she's not chasing her partner around the house asking him to try her latest recipe, Kate is probably knitting (another) sweater.