I don’t normally mention foods that I either don’t like or have major problems with. I’m going to make a little bit of an exception in the case of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Biscuits because I have heard that lots of people have had problems with these and I have some tips that definitely improve them. They’re worth saving because they have a good buttermilk flavor to them, and they’re fairly inexpensive. That said, there are plenty of refrigerated, pre-made biscuits that won’t give you these same problems.
The problem with the biscuits is that the baking directions are terrible. The biscuits – which are square for some reason (it’ an unattractive shape for a biscuit – come out very, very undercooked and doughy if you follow the directions on the package. They don’t puff up much and they certainly aren’t flaky. The funny thing about this is that TJs actually revised the instructions once already and they still don’t work! The solution is to let the biscuits defrost for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator before baking. This allows the dough to soften and the biscuits will actually cook all the way through in the oven.
Again, however, there are plenty of refrigerated biscuits that won’t give you these problems (or this strange, square shape) so it’s up to you as to whether you want to try your hand at these. You should definitely defrost them first if you already have a pack in the freezer and want to use it up. Otherwise, go ahead and make your own biscuits. It’s not that hard and the results are well worth it!