Discover how to properly store cornbread for the short term and long term with these different methods as well as the best types of cornbread storage containers.
Were you not able to finish the delicious cornbread you made and don’t know what to do with the leftovers? Now that the holiday season is over, you must have a lot of leftovers from the family meals and gatherings. Instead of giving away the delicious bread, you can store it and enjoy it later. When we say store it, we don’t mean put it in the freezer and forget about it. No, there are several ways you can keep cornbread fresh and moist even after months. In this blog post, we will tell you different ways you can store cornbread and keep it fresh and moist.
There is nothing worse than eating stale cornbread. The delicious and spongy taste of cornbread is not the same if it is stale. There are several ways to store cornbread so that it remains moist and fresh. If you live in a hotter region, you may need to be more effort into storage as the humidity can leech the moisture out.
We will cover both long-term and short-term storage techniques in this post. The method of storage varies depending on the amount of time you want to store them for.
Techniques for Short-Term Storage
If you are planning on keeping the cornbread for just a couple of days, then you don’t need to take any extraordinary measures. You can easily store it at room temperature, depending on the climate of your area. If you live in a colder region, then all you need to do is look for a dry and dark place, and store your cornbread there. You can wrap it with a plastic wrap to keep the insects and moisture away.
However, if you live in a warmer region, you will have to take some extra steps to store cornbread. Wait for your cornbread to become warm, and put it in an airtight container. After you have secured the lid, put the container in the fridge. Make sure that the cornbread is not warm because the moisture can seep into your cornbread and ruin its taste. You can store cornbread in the fridge for almost a week.
Techniques for Long-Term Storage
Long-term storage will allow you to enjoy this delicious treat for longer. For long-term storage, we suggest that you store the cornbread in the freezer. That way, it will remain moist and gooey when you take it out again. However, it is essential that you don’t keep the cornbread in the freezer without covering it. If you don’t cover the cornbread, the freezer burn will seep into the cornbread and ruin the taste for you. It will also cause the cornbread to lose its moisture, and we are sure you don’t want to eat withered cornbread.
Storing the cornbread the right way allows you to keep it delicious, spongy, and fresh for up to three
There are several storage options that you can adopt for storing cornbread. These storage options depend on the material’s availability, design, cost, storage capacity, and duration of storage.
We will explain each option to you in detail so that you can decide which one is perfect for you.
1. Plastic Containers
Cornbread can be stored easily in a plastic container as they are lightweight. Plastic containers are easily available in the market in various sizes and colors and can store generous amounts of cornbreads inside. However, make sure that the container you get must come with an airtight lid so that the moisture can stay away from it.
Plastic containers are the cheapest choice of containers. However, they are not designed for long-term storage. Plastic containers can spoil the taste of your delicious cornbread if you keep it refrigerated for a long time. If you want to store the cornbread for just a few days, then a plastic container is your best option. If you want to store for longer, you might want to look for an alternative option.
Another drawback of using plastic containers to store cornbread is that it’s not microwave safe. You will have to transfer the cornbread into a separate container before you can warm it as plastic fumes can seep into the cornbread and cause harm to your health.
2. Glass Containers
Another great option for storing cornbread is glass containers. Glass container is a perfect choice because it is very durable and keeps the cornbread soft and moist. Getting a glass container will be a very good investment for the future as well. Once you are out of cornbread, you can use these containers to store other food items.
Glass containers are easy to wash and are microwave safe as well. You will not have to worry about any toxic fumes penetrating into your cornbread when you store them in a glass container. Glass containers come in different sizes and colors for you to choose from. You can get a nice fancy one and use it in parties as well. Make sure you select the size that will fit in your refrigerator easily.
There is a downside of getting glass container. These containers are heavy and fragile. If you have kids in your house, the better option will be to get something sturdier as they can accidentally drop the container while helping themselves to your delicious cornbread.
If you place pieces of wax paper in the container with the cornbread, they will be moist and fresh for a longer time as wax paper absorbs moisture.
3. Stainless Steel Box
A stainless steel container is an excellent alternative for a glass container. When you store the cornbread in a stainless steel container, you will not need to worry about breaks or toxic plastic fumes.
The anti-corrosion properties of stainless steel make them an excellent choice for long-term storage of cornbreads. Your cornbread will be safe from rust, thanks to the stainless steel container. Furthermore, stainless steel containers are microwave-safe and can also be washed in a dishwasher. There are different sizes available, so you can choose the one that will not take too much space in your freezer.
Another great thing about stainless steel containers is that it’s opaque. You will not have to worry about your children getting a sugar high from eating all the cornbread because you can easily hide it away in a
stainless steel container. (Don’t worry, we are not judging you. We know how chaotic it can be!)
4. Vacuum Sealed Bags
If you don’t have much space in your freezer and can’t fit a container inside, then vacuum sealed bags are the perfect choice for you. When the bags are vacuum sealed, all the air is sucked out. So, the chances of it getting ruined from the moisture are slim to none.
However, you will require a vacuum sealer machine in order to use this option. If you don’t already own one, then this will be an expensive option for you.
5. Zipper Storage Bags
If you don’t have a vacuum sealing machine, then zipper storage bags are the perfect choice for you. These bags keep the air out and prevent the cornbread from getting ruined. They can easily fit inside your freezer as well.
Signs Your Cornbread Is Spoiled
Even if you take all the precautions, there is always a chance that the cornbread can get spoiled. It is vital that you never consume spoiled cornbread as it can be hazardous for your health. If you notice the following signs, you should throw your cornbread out:
After taking the cornbread out of the freezer and thawing it, smell it to see if there is a subtle or strong sour smell. If yes, then your cornbread is spoiled and you should throw it away.
If you notice a dark green spot while heating up your cornbread, throw it away. It’s not safe to consume moldy cornbread. In fact, you should never consume anything with mold on it.
If you notice that your cornbread is stickier than usual, then it is another sign that it has gone bad. The only place you should put that cornbread in is the trash.
There are different ways to bake cornbread. You can make it in a big tray and cut cubes, or you can make it in the form of cupcakes. Both ways are equally delicious. Cupcakes are bigger in size, so storing them would require you to have bigger storage containers.
As you can see, cornbread is pretty easy to store. If you want to eat a previously stored batch, pull it out of the freezer and keep it in the refrigerator so that it can be thawed. If you want to serve it right away, keep it at room temperature. Once it is thawed, you can warm it up in the microwave and enjoy it.
Now that you know the different ways to store cornbread, are you ready to make a fresh batch? Do let
us know they turn out. Bon appétit!