How to store unused biscuit dough

Wondering how to store unused biscuit dough? This article has the answers you need. It’s a practical guide for making the most out of your leftover dough and ensuring you can enjoy freshly baked biscuits whenever you desire.

Can You Save Unused Biscuit Dough for Later?

Can you refrigerate unused biscuit dough and save it for later use? Absolutely. There are two simple methods to preserve it:

1. Place the dough in a plastic bag with a ziplock or an airtight container. To maintain its moisture, add a few drops of water before sealing the bag or container. Store it in the fridge for future baking sessions.

2. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut out biscuits. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover the sheet with plastic wrap and freeze it. Once the biscuits are frozen, transfer them into an airtight container or a plastic bag. This approach is more space-efficient than keeping a baking sheet in the freezer.

How Long Can You Refrigerate Unused Biscuit Dough?

When properly wrapped, biscuit dough remains fresh in the fridge for three to five days. For extended storage, freezing is an excellent choice. You can freeze biscuit dough for up to three months for optimal results.

If you plan to store it even longer, bake the biscuits first. Once baked, they can be kept in the freezer for up to six months. This method ensures your biscuits stay delicious whenever you’re ready to enjoy them.

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

How long can biscuit dough last in the fridge vs. the freezer?

Biscuit dough3 to 5 daysUp to 3 months

How to Bake Frozen Biscuit Dough?

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

Baking defrosted dough requires the same baking time as 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’s – usually around 450 degrees F.


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 refrigerate unused dough overnight and bake them the next day. We suggest you do all the work the night before, so the next day, all you have to do is turn on the oven.

Tip: Refrigerate cut-out biscuits with a lighter and fluffier texture than immediately rolling the dough. Allowing the dough to rest overnight causes it to develop more gluten and carbon dioxide. These gases are squeezed out when moved, leading to flatter and denser biscuits.

Can Biscuit Dough Go Bad?

Yes, biscuit dough can indeed spoil. It remains safe in your fridge or freezer until a specific date. However, beyond that date, the dough might go wrong.

Tip: To prolong storage, consider baking and freezing the biscuits. This ensures their freshness for a longer period.

How Can You Tell if The Dough Has Gone Bad?

If you store your biscuit dough for too long, it can become stale and develop mold, similar to bread. When you notice mold on your biscuits, it’s a clear sign that it’s time to discard them.

Why Biscuit Dough Develops a Grey Hue?

Biscuit dough may become grey when stored in an airtight container for an extended period. This discoloration is typically caused by an excess of air within the container. To prevent this, consider using a smaller container to reduce the air volume. Poorly sealed containers can also contribute to this issue.

Tip: If you encounter this grey discoloration, don’t worry. There’s no need to discard the dough. Remove or scoop out the greyened portion and roll the dough as usual. Alternatively, you can leave the grey section, but be aware that baked biscuits may exhibit streaks of grey color, and those areas might have a denser texture than the rest.