How-To Properly Store Bread & Other Baked Goods

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How do I keep my cookies from sticking? How do I make sure my bread stays soft? How long does pie stay good enough to eat? Have no fear, we’re here to save your bread and baked goods from a terrible fate – ending up in the trash can half-eaten.

Below, we’re sharing ten essential tips for how to store all of this yumminess properly – so it’s good enough to come back to and finish off after that first round is enjoyed. Let’s dive into the details and figure out what goes in the fridge, what gets covered with foil, and what needs to share a space with a single slice of sandwich bread.

10 Tips On How To Properly Store Your Bread & Baked Goods

Keep At Room Temp

When it comes to bread, keep them at room temperature. You may think the best move is to throw them in the fridge, but in reality, it’ll go stale in there faster. Instead, after a few days on the counter, wrap it up and provide a space for it in the freezer instead. Thaw it out when you want some alongside dinner and discard the rest.

Keep the Crunch

How do you keep the crunch of a biscotti, cookie, or cracker? Well, cover them loosely and keep them at room temperature (they’ll last around 5-7 days). Tins usually work well for these because the seal isn’t as airtight as newer containers.

Long Live Muffins

There are a couple routes to take when it comes to storing your muffins. Firstly, wrap them up in paper towels to keep them moist and grabbable. Or you can put a batch in the freezer to maintain the freshness with ease.

Delay the Icing

Okay, the trick when it comes to the cupcake is to hold off on the icing. Only squeeze on a layer of the sugary sweetness for those that are going to be eaten right away. For the rest, place them in a sealed plastic bag until their time to be snacked on comes to call.

Let Them Cool

It’s the biggest mistake made all the way around. No matter what you’ve baked, make sure to let the creation COOL COMPLETELY before you figure out your storage plan. Wrapping up or containing too early can ruin your goods far too soon and cause mold to happen (from the condensation of the heat).

Stay Away From Windows

This may not be something you’d think about when storing the baked goods and that’s precisely why it’s on this list. There are usually windows in the kitchen and it’s important that our baked good isn’t in the line of fire. The heat from the sun can warm up our cookies or bread when it doesn’t need to be and cause sweating inside its storage.

What About the Bagels?

So, you don’t want to stick your bagels in the fridge. They do better at room temp too. But very much like regular bread, you can store them in the freezer to keep up their freshness until you or the family are ready to toast them up and slather on some cream cheese.

Undercover Cakes

Most think that cakes belong in the fridge after they’ve been sliced the first time. But, that’s just not the case. Instead, your cake will stay fresher by keeping it at room temperature too! Cake covers are essential and make sure to press on some plastic wrap onto exposed pastries – your frosting can work as a moisture cover to the rest of your creation.

Stay Away From Atop the Fridge

Throwing bread up on top of the refrigerator may seem really convenient but it’ll be the death of your bread. The top of the fridge actually gets really warm and will dry your bread out. It can also cause condensation in the bread’s bag – gross.

Add A Slice

When it comes to softer bits like cookies, brownies, or bars, you’ll need something airtight. Grab a freezer bag, Tupperware container, or even a jar that will keep the air out and the chewy goodness in. But, the trick to keep in the moistness is to add a slice of bread inside of the container.