How to store unused biscuit dough

Sometimes, when you’re making biscuits, there is leftover biscuit dough.

What to do with it?

Why would you throw it away when you can store it and use it later? That way, you’ll have tasty biscuits in no time when unexpected guests suddenly arrive or to satisfy your sweet tooth when you’re in a hurry. 

If you were wondering how to store unused biscuit dough, this article is for you. 

Can you save for later unused biscuit dough?

Yes, you can easily save unused biscuit dough for later! There are two ways to do it:

  1. Take the leftover biscuit dough and put it in a plastic bag with a ziplock or in an airtight container. Add a few drops of water, to keep the dough moist and put it in the fridge.
  2. Roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut out biscuits. Put them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Cover it with plastic wrap and store it in your freezer. When biscuits are frozen, you can put them in an airtight container or a plastic bag (keeping a baking sheet in a freezer takes up a lot of space).

Can you store biscuit dough in the fridge?

Yes, you can store biscuit dough in the fridge. The procedure is simple: just put the biscuit dough in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. You can also refrigerate previously cut biscuits – put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and covered with plastic wrap.

Tip: Always use plastic foil (plastic wrap) to prevent your dough from picking up smells from other groceries in your refrigerator.

How Long Does Biscuit Dough Last in the Fridge?

Biscuit dough can be refrigerated (if well wrapped) for 3 to 5 days before baking. If you want to save it for longer, you can also freeze it.

Can you Freeze Raw Biscuit Dough?

Yes, one way of preserving biscuit dough is freezing it. Roll the dough with a rolling pin and cut out biscuits with a round glass or biscuit cutter.

If you prefer to drop biscuits, scoop the dough into pieces. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, and wrap it with plastic foil. After a few hours in the freezer, you will completely freeze biscuits. You can transfer them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container.

Tip: Place the biscuits on a baking sheet close to one another but without touching, or they will stick together once they’re frozen.

Extra tip: Put a label on the bag stating the date you’re freezing the dough. That way, you won’t wonder how long the biscuits have been in the freezer.

How Long Does Biscuit Dough Last in the Freezer?

For the best results, freeze biscuit dough up to three months in advance.

If you want to save it for longer, you should bake the biscuits first. That way, you can keep them in your freezer for up to six months.

How to Bake Frozen Biscuit Dough?

You can leave them to thaw in a fridge overnight, or you can bake them instantly after bringing them out of the freezer.

Baking defrosted dough requires the same baking time as for fresh biscuit dough. If you bake frozen biscuits, they’ll need an extra five minutes in the oven.

Tip: Baking temperature should be the same as the recipe calls for – usually around 450 degrees F.

How Long Can You Keep Raw Biscuit Dough?

You can keep raw biscuit dough in a fridge for 2 to 4 days for the best quality.

If you’re storing it in the freezer, you can keep it for up to 2 months. Keep the dough (or cut-out biscuits) in medium-sized airtight containers because the dough can easily pick up unpleasant scents from the other frozen groceries.

Biscuit doughFridgeFreezer
Raw biscuit dough3 to 5 daysUp to 3 months
Baked biscuitsUp to 7 daysUp to 3 months
How long can biscuit dough last stored in the fridge vs. in the freezer

Tip: If you want to bake some biscuits but not use up all the dough, you can take it from a container and thaw it in your fridge.

Can I Make Biscuit Dough the Night Before? 

Yes, you can make biscuit dough the night before.

Whether you choose to refrigerate the dough as a single ball of dough or cut out the biscuits, you can leave them in the fridge during the night and bake them the next day. We kindly suggest that you do all the work the night before, so the next day, all you have to do is turn on the oven.

Tip: Cut-out and refrigerated biscuits are lighter and fluffier than the biscuits you get when you roll the dough the following day. The dough will keep forming gluten over the night, including carbon dioxide. You will squeeze out the gases when you move it, and your biscuits will be a bit flatter and denser.

Can Biscuit Dough Go Bad?

Yes, biscuit dough can go wrong. Biscuit dough should be safe in your fridge or freezer until a specific date. However, after the expiration date, your dough could go wrong

Tip: If you want to store biscuits for longer, baking and freezing is a safe way to go.

How Can You Tell if The Dough Has Gone Bad?

If you store your biscuit dough longer than you should, it will get stale and moldy, just like bread. When you see mold on your biscuits, it’s time to throw them away.

Why Does Biscuit Dough Turn GREY?

Biscuit dough can get a grey crust when left in an airtight container for several days. The reason for this is too much air in your container – so use a smaller one. Biscuits can form gray crust if you don’t seal the container well. 

Tip: If you notice this gray cast, don’t panic. You don’t have to throw away your dough. Just peel off the grey form or scoop it out and roll the dough as usual. You can also leave the grey part and roll the dough, but baked biscuits will have a streak of grey color, and those places will be denser than the others.