If you tend to overdo it when making French toast and end up with more pieces than you can eat, then you probably end up with quite a lot of leftovers.
The good news is that instead of throwing it away, you can store the leftover French toast in the fridge for a few days or freeze it and enjoy it weeks or months later.
Read on to find out how to store the French toast so that it remains as delicious as when you first made it and so that it is safe to serve and eat.
Also included are the four best methods for reheating refrigerated or frozen French toast.
What is the Best Way to Freezing French Toast?
If you want to consume the remaining French toast within the following two days, you may store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
However, freezing French toast is preferable if you have a lot of it and want to store it for later use.
Cooked or prepared for heating French toast are the two acceptable techniques for freezing it.
You should prepare the French toast as you normally would for the first approach. Put a piece of wax paper between each slice of toast on the pile when it has totally cooled. This will keep them from clinging to one another and let you remove as many pieces of frozen French toast as you require at once. The stack should then be wrapped snugly in foil or a freezer bag, or it can be wrapped in foil first, then put in a zip-top bag.
When refrigerated in this fashion, the French toast will stay fresh for around two months.
Before cooking the French toast, another technique is to freeze the bread and batter. To accomplish this, submerge the bread in the batter and let it soak. When you’re finished, spread the sopped pieces out on a baking sheet that has been oiled or lined and quickly freeze them in the freezer. Slices can be placed in an airtight container or freezer bag once they have solidified.
But now that you know how to freeze and preserve French toast for future consumption, you may be wondering what the best way is to reheat it, so it is crisp on the outside and nice and moist inside.
Most reheating methods will allow you to take the French toast straight out of the freezer and reheat it directly. But if you will be using a skillet or a toaster, you will need to thaw the toast first.
The best way to thaw it is to let it defrost in the container in the refrigerator overnight.
Leaving frozen French toast overnight at room temperature can be unsafe. The safety guides are to leave food out at room temperature for only up to two hours. After that, the harmful bacteria will start to grow. This will lead to spoilage, and the food may become harmful or dangerous to eat.
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Here are the top recommended methods for reheating French toast
Reheating the French Toast Using an Oven
This is the best method for reheating cooked frozen or refrigerated French toast if you will be serving large batches to your family or friends.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In the meantime, grease a baking sheet and lay the pieces of toast on it without touching each other. Leave a space of about ½ inch in between them.
Keep a close eye on the French toast while it is reheated in the oven, and flip the slices over when the sides turn crispy and nice.
If you put it frozen in the oven, it will need about 3-4 minutes per side to be reheated.
If the French toast is thawed or has been refrigerated, it will need half the time to be reheated.
For the best results and for crispy French toast, we recommend using a convection oven.
The downside of the oven method is that it can take some time for your oven to preheat to 400 degrees.
Reheating the French Toast Using a Toaster
If the defrosted French toast is firm and doesn’t crumble, you can reheat it in a toaster. Set the toaster to medium-low heat, and pop the French toast in.
With this method, you can control the reheating and crispiness of each slice easily.
Make sure to clean out the toaster’s crumb tray after using it for reheating French toast because it may be quite messy from the sugary bread.
The downside is that you will be able to reheat only two or just a few slices of toast at a time when using a regular toaster.
If you have a toaster oven, you can use it instead and still end up with crispy and delicious French toast, which is moist inside.
You should monitor the toast closely to avoid overcooking or burning it when using the toaster or toaster oven method.
Reheating the French Toast Using a Stovetop
Using a skillet or griddle and a stovetop is one of the best methods for reheating frozen or refrigerated French toast. The reason is that this is the original way used for preparing the French toast.
To use this method, you need to make sure that the French toast has been thawed completely. This will ensure that it heats up evenly without any cold or hot spots.
Grease the griddle or skillet with some cooking spray. Place the slices of French toast in it and turn the heat on to medium-high.
Usually, the French toast will need only 1-2 minutes per side to be reheated on the stovetop. Flip the toast and reheat the other side. Then remove the slices and serve them.
In case the reheated French toast looks and feels a little soggy after the reheating, you can turn the heat up to high, add some butter in the pan and proceed to crisp the slices on each side.
Be careful not to overheat the French toast, as this will make it dry and unpalatable, and be careful not to burn it altogether when using the stovetop reheating method.
Reheating the French Toast Using a Microwave
If you are in a hurry and need to get breakfast ready in minutes, you can reheat the French toast in the microwave.
Place two or more slices in a microwave-safe plate, and cook it at high temperature for just 30 seconds. Cooking them longer can make them chewy or dry.
If the French toast is still frozen, you can lay it on top of a microwave-safe paper towel. This will help absorb the excess moisture.
The downside of this method is that the French toast will not end up crispy on the outside.
Still, it will taste great, especially when you add the butter or other toppings of your choice to the piping hot toast.
Once they have cooled down, you can serve them and can be pretty sure that everyone will enjoy the mouthwatering breakfast!