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Can Costco croissants be frozen?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (37020points) 3 weeks ago
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I’m hoping to get answers specifically from people who have tried freezing croissants. If they are from Costco, that’s perfect.

I want to know about the taste and texture once they are thawed.

Thank you.

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janbb's avatar

I don’t know specifically about croissants but what I do when I am freezing delicate baked goods is freeze them unwrapped for a few hours and then wrap them fairly tightly in cling wrap or foil. I think to defrost croissants, I would put them frozen in an oven at about 325 for 10–15 minutes so they don’t sog up as they defrost. You’ll have to experiment. Croissants are generally best if eaten the day you buy them.

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t have experience with Costco croissants, but I pretty much freeze any baked good with lots of success. Bread, cake, bagels, with no major change in quality. Typical advice to get all of the air out if you are using a plastic bag or you can use plastic wrap. If you might have them in the freezer more than two weeks, you might want to do aluminum foil over the plastic.

I would just let them defrost on the counter 20 minutes right before I want to eat one, and then heat in a toaster oven watching closely they don’t burn. Maybe even cover the top with aluminum since toaster ovens the element is so close.

I just googled and one site says to defrost in the fridge and another says to defrost and warm in a 365° oven.

I think you need to experiment with how you thaw, but no matter what I think you are ok to freeze them.

JLeslie's avatar

@canidmajor Smart! When I clicked your link I didn’t see the directions to thaw, must be on the box though. Makes me wonder if the croissants sold in Costco were already frozen once.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@canidmajor I have never seen the frozen ones in a Costco here!! I will inquire about them. Thanks.

JLeslie's avatar

I was just thinking that I do buy frozen biscuits, I buy the flaky layered ones, which are similar to croissants, and those we back straight from frozen, so maybe it is correct that it is better to defrrost and heat them back up that way, Let us know what the box says if you find the frozen at Costco.

jca2's avatar

@canidmajor the Costco Business Centers don’t deliver to residential addresses.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@jca2 Thank you for pointing out the difference. I just did a search of whether Costco sells frozen croissants, and they evidently carry a different brand of frozen ones. However, I’ve never seen them at the 2 warehouses I regularly go to. There’s another one here on the island that I’ve never visited. The next time I’m in the store, I will look for them. If I don’t find them, I’ll ask.

@JLeslie I’m positive these are raw dough that must be baked.

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jca2's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake I’ve never seen frozen croissants in my local Costco or any Costco I’ve been to. I know that the Business Centers are different, and there are not as many. The closest business Costco to me is Elizabeth NJ which is over an hour. From what I learned, the business ones sell more large quantity stuff, like stuff for vending machines, and I am not sure if they sell clothes. I’m in a group on FB, Costco Fans and they talk about these things and people post their findings and things they get on clearance at various stores. It’s a great group for learning about the ins and outs of Costco.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

The first and most obvious answer is “yes”. Anything can be frozen.

However, I know that wasn’t the intent of the question, so … the answer is that you’ll never know for sure until you try for yourself. Even with some of the good answers here already, you’ll still have to experiment (or replicate someone else’s experiment) to know with any assurance.

Start small. I’d hate to advise that you experiment on a case of them.

I can tell you from personal experience that the lobster bisque freezes excellently (see my opening comment, and add ‘duh’), but that usability of the product seems to actually improve after freezing. That is, it seems to have better and more uniform consistency after freezing (and thawing completely) before heating in the microwave compared to heating the never-frozen product. Still, even my telling you this wouldn’t absolve you from the need to try it yourself: there may be aspects of the frozen / thawed / reheated product that appeal to me, but which you dislike. I’d say the same principle applies to freezing and thawing baked goods.

I can also say from experience that freezing bread for later use does seem to ‘toughen’ it a bit, so that may be something you’d experience (more negatively!) with a product such as croissants. (Since I prefer bread that ‘fights back’ a little bit, that’s also a net plus to me.)

Bon appétit!

janbb's avatar

@CyanoticWasp You came back to us??

CyanoticWasp's avatar

We’ll see, but for now, and to stay strictly on topic: I’m as flaky as ever. (I’ve also never been frozen, so I’m not that tough, either.)

janbb's avatar

@CyanoticWasp But do you still have those half-baked ideas? But I did like your floury language.

SnipSnip's avatar

I suggest you freeze one then you’ll know. Being fine for me doesn’t mean you will agree.

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