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Can You Freeze Hawaiian Rolls?

Freeze Hawaiian Rolls so they are ready when you are. These light and fluffy rolls have a sweet flavor that adds the perfect touch to sandwiches, burgers, and more.

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious dinner roll to serve for any occasion, look no further than Hawaiian Rolls. These dinner rolls grace our dinner table for all our big Holiday meals and many weeknights for easy meals too. They are our favorite rolls.

But what if you don’t finish your package of Hawaiian rolls in one sitting? Do they freeze well or is it best to enjoy them on the day of purchase? Can you freeze Hawaiian rolls to preserve their taste and texture for months down the line? We’ve done some research so you don’t have to: keep reading to find out whether these popular Hawaiian buns can be frozen and how long they’ll last in the freezer.

Hint: they will last a relatively long time in the freezer. So, go ahead and purchase them when they are on sale.

Can You Freeze Hawaiian Rolls

Can You Freeze Store-Bought Rolls and Bread?

Good news is Yes, you can successfully freeze bread bought at the grocery store. Learning how to freeze bread and leftover Hawaiian rolls is a great way to keep them from going bad or drying out before you have a chance to use them as they will only keep at optimal freshness for 3-5 days.

Bread is one of the staples in any kitchen, so when you find yourself with a surplus of it, what do you do? Do you keep them fresh by storing them on the kitchen counter or in the pantry for later use? If you are looking for a way to preserve that fragrant, fresh-baked goodness to enjoy later, freezing is a great option.

Can You Freeze Homemade Hawaiian Rolls?

Freeze baked rolls with ease by wrapping them properly before freezing. Make sure to cool completely before freezing them to prevent any moisture buildup in the freezer.

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls will keep at room temperature fresh for 2-3 days. After that, they can become stale and eventually begin molding. While it is ideal to consume the rolls when they are freshly made, sometimes you might not finish a batch, or you might make a few batches just for the purpose of freezing for later use.

Homemade Hawaiian Rolls

Can You Freeze Store-Bought Hawaiian Rolls?

Unlike homemade rolls, store-bought Hawaiian rolls are manufactured and packed for a longer shelf life. However, even these rolls will eventually go bad if not stored properly. They also have an expiration date on the packaging.

While they are best enjoyed shortly after purchase, you can keep them fresh for five months or more.

Freezing helps maintain the texture and taste of bread.  Just thaw at room temperature and enjoy.

What is the Best Way to Store Bread and Rolls?

Just like regular bread, keep the rolls in a sealed package at room temperature. Keep it in a cool, dark, and dry place such as a bread drawer. Ensure it is not exposed to heat, direct sunlight, or humidity or it will quickly become stake or worse, mold and become unsafe to eat.

How to Freeze Hawaiian Rolls

I like to purchase a few packages when the rolls are on sale. Of course, we’ll keep one package at room temperature to enjoy with our meals during the week. However, the rest get frozen for another meal.  Here’s how to freeze fresh Hawaiian rolls:

Freezing Hawaiian Rolls Individually

How to Prepare the Rolls for Freezing

While you certainly can freeze the whole bag of rolls at once in the container they come in, if you want to remove just a few at a time and enjoy them, here is a trick.

Separate the rolls and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the buns are frozen. This makes it easier to freeze and store the rolls without them sticking together so you can thaw a few at a time.

Packaging Rolls for Freezing

Once the rolls are separated and frozen, we like to place them in a heavy duty freezer-safe bag. You can also place them in any other type of airtight container.

If you want extra protection against freezer burn, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing in the freezer-safe container.

How Long Will Hawaiian Rolls Last in the Freezer

Once the rolls are properly packaged, placed in the freezer. The baked goods will stay fresh up to 5 months. Make sure to the package with the date and contents so you can keep track of when they were frozen.

Thawing Frozen Hawaiian Rolls

There are no special requirements for thawing frozen Hawaiian Rolls. Just remove from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature until thawed. If you froze them individually first before packaging, then it could take just 30 minutes to thaw a few rolls. However, if you froze the whole package, it might take a few hours to thaw.

How to Reheat Hawaiian Bread?

Using an oven or a toaster oven is a great way to reheat frozen rolls. Wrap the rolls in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. There is just something about warm bread that makes it so irresistible.

For Best Results, Avoid the microwave for reheating rolls. While some people recommend using a microwave to thaw baked goods in a hurry. It is really not a good idea. The soft textured dough will become hard and rubbery. So, avoid using the microwave for thawing or reheating.

Reheat until just warm and tender. If you leave the rolls in the oven too long, they can become dried out and crispy on the outside. A damp cloth over the rolls will help keep them moist while reheating.

Easy Sliders Recipes

There are so many recipes for Hawaiian Roll Sliders. You can find a few brunch recipes using these delicious fresh rolls.

King’s Hawaiian Rolls has a whole section of delicious looking recipes to make using their rolls. Our favorite sweet bread rolls are the original recipe Hawaiian Rolls package.

These hot ham, chicken, beef, and cheese sliders are just perfect for a weeknight meal, your next party, or game day snacking. 

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Can You Freeze Hawaiian Rolls?

Freeze Hawaiian Rolls so they are ready when you are. These light and fluffy rolls have a sweet flavor that adds the perfect touch to sandwiches, burgers, and more.

Materials

  • Baking Sheet
  • Freezer-Safe Bag
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Airtight Container

Instructions

  • Separate the rolls and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the buns are frozen. This makes it easier to freeze and store the rolls without them sticking together so you can thaw a few at a time.
  • Once the rolls are separated and frozen, we like to place them in a heavy duty freezer-safe bag. You can also place them in any other type of airtight container.
  • If you want extra protection against freezer burn, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing in the freezer-safe container.
  • Once the rolls are properly packaged, placed in the freezer. The baked goods will stay fresh up to 5 months. Make sure to the package with the date and contents so you can keep track of when they were frozen.
  • If you froze them individually first before packaging, then it could take just 30 minutes to thaw a few rolls. However, if you froze the whole package, it might take a few hours to thaw.

Notes

Reheating Hawaiian Rolls

Using an oven or a toaster oven is a great way to reheat frozen rolls. Wrap the rolls in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for10-15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. There is just something about warm bread that makes it so irresistible.

AboutVictoria

You can find Victoria crocheting, quilting, and creating recipes. She has cooked in restaurants for over 20 years, including many larger parties. In her professional career, she has worked in management in a wide variety of businesses including higher education as a dean of a division. All the while attending college part-time to achieve her doctorate in higher education with an emphasis in e-learning.

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