Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

by Charlie

Crescent rolls are delicacies to be tried out if you haven’t had them before. Pillsbury crescent rolls can be served alone as breakfast, or to accompany dessert. It is soft, buttery, and delicious.

Now you can enjoy crescent rolls without having to do all the hard work involved in making the dough. Pillsbury rolls come in cans and you can make 8 rolls from each can. If you get this canned fresh dough on a special sale at the store and you wish to preserve it, how do you go about it?

Can you freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls? Yes, you can. Pillsbury Rolls (Crescent) can be frozen baked or unbaked without any danger to the texture, flavor, or taste. The fresh dough can be frozen for about a year and the baked rolls can be frozen for about 2 months for the best quality.

To keep the crescent rolls at their best quality, the freezing steps must be followed righteously. Your rolls can become hard or chewy if exposed to the harsh conditions present inside your freezer. 

How to Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Pillsbury rolls (Crescent) can be frozen in two different ways and for the sake of completeness, we are going to talk about them.

  1. Freezing unbaked Pillsbury crescent rolls
  2. Freezing baked Pillsbury crescent rolls

Freezing Unbaked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

People do ask, “Can you freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls in their cans?” No, you shouldn’t. There is usually a warning on the can telling you not to freeze. But some people still do anyway. 

More often than not, the cans have been known to explode as they freeze. That’s because the dough contains water, which expands as it freezes. 

Apart from the can exploding in the freezer, there is also the problem of quality control. So if you want to keep your rolls at the best quality, do not freeze them in their can. Do this instead:

Step 1: Unpack and Prepare the Rolls

Open the can of Pillsbury rolls (Crescent). Bring out the fresh dough, and separate the roll of dough into single and separate rolls by following the serrated lines made in the dough. Roll each one separately and shape them as you like.

Step 2: Flash Freezing

Get a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper, take your unbaked crescent rolls and place them individually on the cookie sheet. Put enough space in between them and make sure they are not in contact. 

The flash freezing process helps your rolls of dough not stick together as you freeze long term. Place the tray of unbaked rolls in the freezer and leave them to freeze overnight. 

Keep checking till the rolls have frozen solid.

Step 3: Storage and Freezing

Take your frozen unbaked crescent rolls and transfer them into heavy-duty airtight freezer bags or Ziploc bags. Don’t stuff the bag full, feel free to use multiple bags if you have a lot of rolls to freeze. 

The unbaked dough will expand as it freezes so you need to create space to allow for that expansion. You could leave about an inch of space. 

Expel as much air as you can from the bags by pressing them flat before sealing. Label the bags with a sharpie, stating the content of the bags and the date of the freeze. Before placing the bags in the freezer to freeze. 

If you follow these steps properly, you can have frozen crescent rolls for Thanksgiving and still have enough stored for Christmas.

Freezing Baked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

If you have prepared quite a number of rolls for dinner and you realize that there is no way you can go through them before it goes stale or bad. 

Then the thought crosses your mind, can you freeze baked crescent rolls? Yes, you can. It would prolong the shelf life of your loved rolls to a maximum of 2 months.

Step 1: Preparation 

The process of freezing baked Pillsbury rolls is very easy. The first thing you need to do is to let the rolls cool down to room temperature. 

If you wrap the rolls while they are still hot, they would condense and make room for moisture, which in turn makes the roll soggy or moldy. So, before you do anything, make sure the rolls have cooled down.

Step 2: Wrapping the Rolls

Wrapped your baked rolls in several layers of plastic wrap or reusable food wraps. Wrap each roll separately in a manner that will keep the air and moisture away. 

If you have a hard time making the plastic wrap stick to itself, you can finish it up with freezer tape.

Step 3: Storage and Freezing

Pack the wrapped rolls into airtight freezer bags. Remember, don’t stuff the bags full, expel as much air as you can before you seal. Before placing the bags into the freezer to freeze, don’t forget to label them.

How to Defrost Frozen Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

When the time to enjoy your frozen rolls comes, you have to ensure that your thawing actions do not expose the rolls to bacteria (especially the unbaked rolls)

To thaw unbaked crescent rolls, remove them from the freezer and leave them to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed you can bake as per cooking instructions and add about 5 minutes of extra cooking time to compensate for the cold dough.
To defrost frozen baked rolls, you can reheat them in the oven or microwave with the plastic wrap removed. Just place the rolls in the oven till it heats through and through.

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