Don’t you hate it when your brownies go stale? Do you wish to save your freshly baked brownies to eat after a day or two? Well, you’re not alone! We have you covered with some innovative ways to store brownies at home.
Storing brownies after cutting them into squares is quite the hassle. However, if you understand some basics, it wouldn’t be such a problem anymore.
You need to ensure that the brownies do not come in contact with air. Hot and humid temperature will affect the freshness of brownies. Depending on where you live, since every place has a different temperature and humidity levels, you’ll need to store the brownies differently.
For people living in cold places, it is easier to store brownies compared to people living in warmer regions. We will consider both scenarios as we go through the storage techniques.
Do you want to store brownies for a week? Or are you thinking of storing them till your birthday party next month? The length of time you want to keep these baked goods fresh also affects the method of storage.
Short Term Storage
For short-term storage, you can store the brownies at room temperature. They will stay fresh for a good 2-3 days. Keep in mind the weather of the place you are in. If you are living in a warmer region, we suggest you store brownies in the fridge. Storing at room temperature is suitable for people living in places with colder climates.
Long Term Storage
For long-term storage, we suggest you store the brownies in the freezer. Don’t just put them in the freezer without any preparation. If you do, they will absorb the odors in your freezer, which will deteriorate their taste.
Storing brownies in the freezer will allow you to keep your brownies fresh for a month, at least. You can store them for up to three months, without worrying about them going bad.
Read on to know more about the different types of storage methods you can use.
7 Storage Options for Brownies
There are a number of different options to store brownies. However, there are a few factors that you need to consider beforehand:
- Storage capacity
- Duration of storage
These factors will help you determine which storage method is suitable for you. For instance, if you are storing the brownies for yourself to eat after a day, then you do not need to store it in a fancy container.
If you are storing brownies to gift to your friend who lives in another city, then you should consider wrapping them in a colorful container. In this case, the storage method must also be travel-friendly too.
1. Glass Containers
Brownies can be stored in an airtight glass container. Glass containers do not have any toxic chemicals that can contaminate your brownies. They are a good investment for your food storage needs because they are durable and can be re-used later. Another feature of a glass container is that it does not retain the odor of foods. Hence your cookies will remain tasty and gooey, and smelling heavenly.
Also glass does not stain hence; you can use the container for a longer time. It can also be used in the oven, for reheating as well as cooking something else later. You can also wash it in the dishwasher, without worrying about scratches.
Glass containers come in different shapes and sizes. They even have cool colors and designs that you can choose from. Depending on the occasion, you have plenty of options to choose from as far as glass containers are concerned.
A downside of glass containers is that they are fragile and heavy. You need to be extremely careful while handling a glass container. Kids should not handle them, since they might drop them, splattering everything across floor.
To store brownies in a glass container, you should place them between pieces of wax paper. This will keep them fresh for a longer time. To store brownies in the fridge, you can keep them in the glass container and place it inside the fridge.
2. Stainless Steel Containers
Are you a parent who struggles to keep your treats hidden from your children? Do you wish to munch on goodies after your kids have slept? If you want to hide the leftover brownies from your kids, here is the solution.
Stainless steel containers are opaque – you cannot see through them. This can help you keep the brownies safe from your kids (We know you’re not a cruel parent – really!).
Stainless steel containers are airtight hence they will keep your brownies as fresh as new. They won’t break if you drop them. Stainless steel is also known for its anti-corrosion properties. So your food container will not rust or spoil your brownies.
You can also use the container to reheat your brownies on a stove. On top of all this, stainless steel containers are easy-to-clean and dishwasher safe.
3. Plastic Containers
Another viable option for storing your brownies is a plastic container. They are lightweight and are available in different shapes and sizes. You can choose a container according to the number of brownies that you want to store.
Due to them being lightweight, plastic containers are a great option for carrying brownies. If you want to take brownies along with you to your friend’s house, you should use a plastic container. It is airtight hence your brownies will remain fresh.
They are not a good option for storing brownies for a longer period though. Plastic tends to retain the taste of food. If you store brownies in a plastic container for too long, the plastic might deteriorate the taste. But, if you’re storing your brownies for 2-3 days, then the plastic container is a good choice.
Plastic containers are the cheapest option on this list too.
4. Zipper Storage Bags
You can use zipper storage bags to store your brownies. They will keep the brownies in an airtight environment. They can be used to store brownies in the freezer and fridge. To keep the brownies separated, you must layer them individually in wax paper.
Zipper bags will keep moisture away from your brownies and will not let them dry out either. They are an inexpensive option for storing brownies. If you don’t want to get into the hassle of buying airtight containers, you can go for an airtight zipper bag instead.
However, please do keep in mind that zipper bags are not good for the environment. They are made of plastic hence they come with the tag of being non-biodegradable
5. Vacuum Sealer Bags
You can use vacuum sealer bags to store your brownies away from air. Air is pulled out of the bag, which makes the food items last longer. Since there is no air, there are no chances of your brownies getting stale. The bag is sealed with a vacuum sealer, making it ready for storage.
The removal of oxygen from the bag makes it an unfriendly environment for bacteria. They cannot degrade the brownies without the presence of oxygen.
Another advantage of the absence of oxygen is that no ice will form on your brownies when stored in the freezer, eliminating the risk of freezer burn.
Vacuum sealer bags require some initial investment in form of a vacuum sealing machine. These are an expensive option for storage as compared to zipper storage bags but they will make your brownies last longer. You can keep the bag inside the fridge too.
6. Plastic Wrap
A cling film can be used to wrap your brownies for storage. This method can be used for short-term storage because storing your food for a long time in plastic is not a good idea. Plastic contains chemicals, and keeping your food in contact with chemicals for a long time is dangerous.
This method requires an initial investment of a cling film roll. You can use it every time you want to store your brownies. If you wish to keep your brownies in the fridge, you can put them in a container and cover or wrap them using a cling film. This will serve the purpose of keeping your brownies fresh and delicious.
Using a plastic wrap for long-term storage should be the last option on your list. Since you have got better options such as airtight containers, you should try to use those.
7. Aluminum Foil Wrap
Aluminum containers can be used to store brownies too. Wrap the brownies separately using the sheets and store them. If you are going to the beach for a picnic, using aluminum foil to wrap your brownies is a good option.
Aluminum foil is not safe to use for cooking or re-heating though. The aluminum particles may transfer into your food and end up in your body. Using aluminum to wrap cold food is permissible. Wrapping warm food will cause aluminum to seep into your food.
Excessive aluminum consumption is harmful for the body. Aluminum is linked with many mental health issues too. It causes the brain cells to deteriorate and eventually stop functioning. Hence, you should avoid heating your food while wrapped in aluminum foil.
For long-term storage of brownies, you can use aluminum foil. Make sure that the brownies are at room temperature, wrap them up in the foil individually, and stack them in a container. This way, you can store them in the freezer for up to three months.
General Tips for Storing Brownies
Now that you know what your options of storing brownies are, you can easily decide which one is suitable for you. Different kinds of brownies require different storage techniques. Plain brownies are easy to handle. Brownies with frosting and creamy toppings are difficult to manage. You must ensure that the topping remains intact. Covering them with a cling film will damage the fresh cream topping.
If you have a batch of different-flavored brownies, you can use a separate bag for each flavor. You can use an erasable marker to label which flavor it is.
To store brownies in an airtight container for a longer time, you should use a slice of bread. Putting a slice of bread in an airtight container on top of the brownies will add a few more days to their lives. If air enters the container, it will come into contact with the bread first, saving the brownies.
From now on, you won’t be facing any problems while storing brownies. Just follow this guide to help you store brownies at home.