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Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls? (And How To Do It)

Pillsbury crescent rolls are a favorite in homes across the country.

They’re available in several different varieties and flavors, including a reduced fat version, and make for a delicious treat after only a few moments in the oven. However, can you freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls?

Pillsbury crescent rolls are available in cans of eight rolls so it’s highly likely that you won’t eat all eight in one sitting. If this is the case, you may want to freeze the rest to keep them as fresh as possible.

In this article, we will look at whether you can freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls. We’ll discuss how long they can be frozen for and the best methods for freezing them.

Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls?

If you have some Pillsbury crescent rolls you might be wondering if you can freeze them. There are several rolls in a package so you may not be able to use them all in one go. 

The good news is that yes, you can freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls. This is the case with both baked and unbaked rolls.

How Long Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls For?

Although Pillsbury crescent rolls can be frozen regardless of whether they’re baked or unbaked, there are differences in how long you can keep them frozen.

In the case of fresh and unbaked crescent rolls, you can keep these frozen for around one year. You shouldn’t leave them frozen for longer than this without baking and consuming them.

As for crescent rolls that have already been baked, these will not last as long when frozen.

We wouldn’t recommend freezing these for any longer than two months if you want them to remain at their best quality.

How to Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

As we just learned, you can freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls for later consumption. You should, however, freeze them in the right way to get the best quality from the rolls.

The method for effectively freezing baked and unbaked Pillsbury crescent rolls is different so let’s look at them in turn. If you follow these steps, your dough will taste delicious and fresh when thawed.

Can You Freeze Pillsbury Crescent Rolls In Their Cans?

The first thing you need to remember is that you should never freeze crescent rolls in their cans.

If you have unbaked rolls that are still in the can you might be tempted to just freeze them like this but you should never do this. 

Every can of Pillsbury crescent rolls has a warning on them that they shouldn’t be frozen in the can but many people ignore this and freeze them anyway. 

The reason why they shouldn’t be frozen in the can is that as the dough freezes, the water in the dough will expand. As the dough expands, it puts pressure on the can and this can lead to the can exploding.

You should never freeze anything in a metal can and should only ever use freezer-safe containers.

Even if the can doesn’t explode, the dough won’t taste as good when thawed if it is left in the can. Instead, you should follow our directions for freezing unbaked Pillsbury crescent rolls.

How To Freeze Unbaked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

How To Freeze Unbaked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

If you want to freeze unbaked Pillsbury crescent rolls you should follow the steps outlined below. This will give you the best quality of dough when it is unthawed.

Remember, the unbaked dough should only be kept frozen for around a year before it is thawed and consumed. If you leave it frozen longer than this, the quality can dip and it should be thrown away.

Step One: Unpack And Prepare The Dough

The first step is to remove your Pillsbury crescent rolls from the can. 

Make sure that you separate each roll from the others so that you have them all individually instead of as a group. There are serrated lines between each roll so this should be easy to do.

Once you have the rolls separate, you can roll them and shape them however you wish.

Step Two: Flash Freezing

Line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Place your separated and shaped Pillsbury crescent rolls and put them on the cookie sheet.

Make sure that there is enough space between all of the rolls so that they aren’t touching each other on any side. They should all be individually spaced.

Place the cookie sheet with your unbaked dough in the freezer and leave them to freeze overnight.

Check the dough to make sure that it has frozen solid and if it hasn’t, leave the dough in the freezer until it has.

By freezing your rolls like this first, you can make sure that they will not stick together while they’re frozen and stored long-term.

You will only keep them on the cookie sheet overnight and this is not how they will be kept long-term.

Step Three: Store And Freeze

After the individual Pillsbury crescent rolls have frozen solid, place them into heavy-duty plastic freezer bags that are thick and heavy-duty. You can also use Ziploc bags for this.

You can put more than one roll into a bag but don’t overload them. Instead, use as many bags as you need and you may need to use several if you are freezing a lot of Pillsbury crescent rolls.

You need to leave space in the bags as, despite the flash freezing process completed in Step Two, the dough can still expand further as it freezes.

You need to leave enough room in the bags for this expansion to happen.

We would recommend that you should have at least an inch of space in each bag.

Press the bags flat before sealing them so that you can expel as much excess air as possible. 

You should label each plastic bag with the contents and date of freezing. This way, you can ensure that you don’t keep the rolls in the freezer for too long and can easily find them when you need them.

With the bags sealed and labeled, put them in your freezer so that they can freeze.

How To Freeze Baked Pillsbury Crescent Rolls 

However, what if you’ve already baked your Pillsbury crescent rolls and then realize you have too many?

If you don’t want to throw the delicious rolls away, you can freeze them although this will require a different method than freezing unbaked rolls.

Remember, baked Pillsbury crescent rolls should only be frozen for around two months.

Step One: Prepare The Rolls

The first step is to ensure that your Pillsbury crescent rolls have cooled down and are at room temperature. 

Like any food item, freezing them while they are still hot or warm will cause the moisture in them to condense. This will make your dough soggy and can even make it moldy.

You can avoid this by ensuring that the rolls are cool.

Step Two: Wrap The Rolls

Once cooled, wrap your baked rolls in either plastic wrap or reusable food wraps. You should wrap them in several layers to ensure that they are fully encased.

Wrap each roll separately and double-check that you have the ends fully covered. It’s very easy to miss these when wrapping the baked rolls.

If the plastic wrap refuses to stay stuck together, you can always stick it down with some freezer tape.

Step Three: Store And Freeze

Take your wrapped rolls and place them into airtight freezer bags or Ziploc bags. 

As before with the unbaked dough, don’t fill the bags too full. You can put several rolls together but the bags should still have enough room for a little expansion.

Make sure that you label each bag with the contents and date of freezing.

Final Thoughts

In this article, we looked at whether you can freeze Pillsbury crescent rolls.

We found that yes, you can, but baked Pillsbury crescent rolls should only be frozen for two months. Unbaked dough can be frozen for around a year.

We hope that this article has answered your questions about freezing Pillsbury crescent rolls.

Jess Smith