The brownie is one of my favorite desserts. People usually prepare enough brownies to eat for several days and distribute them to friends and family or sell them, so many wonder how to store brownies.
You can store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. If they have frosting or filling, it is better to refrigerate for up to 3 or 4 days. If it is required to store longer, you can freeze them for 4 or 6 months.
To properly preserve leftover brownies, I invite you to keep reading and know the different ways to store them.
How do you store brownies at room temperature?
Brownies are usually eaten hot with ice cream or alone at room temperature; therefore, you should keep them at this temperature.
You should follow the following steps to keep brownies at room temperature if they do not have icing or filling with dairy or egg products.
- Step 1: Let the brownie cool completely.
Do not cover or wrap the brownie before it cools completely; otherwise, it will affect the consistency of the outer layer. Cover the brownie with a clean tea towel so the steam can come out easily.
- Step 2: Use an airtight container or bag.
Air is the main enemy of the brownie, so airtight containers are the best ally. You can also use a glass jar, metal container, or plastic.
You should place a layer of parchment or baking paper, including aluminum foil, at the bottom of the container and over the brownies.
- Step 3: Do not cut the brownie unless necessary.
Cutting the brownie will facilitate the entry of air. It is best to keep the brownie whole and cut the portions only when you will eat them.
If you must cut it, wrap each portion with baking, aluminum, or wax paper. In this case, it would reduce the storage period by 1 or 2 days.
- Step 4: Store in an airtight container with a piece of bread.
The piece of bread will help the brownies retain their freshness longer due to their moisture. It is a hack.
- Step 5: Avoid wet places.
Moisture causes mold to appear; if brownies become contaminated with mold, they are unfit for consumption.
Store in a cool place without much ventilation. In this way, brownies can last up to 4 days.
How to keep brownies in the fridge?
Refrigeration is not recommended unless brownies are topped or filled with dairy products or eggs, as it will be best if it contains one of these products.
The correct way to store them is as follows:
- Step 1: Let the brownies cool completely.
Brownies should not be handled when they have just come out of the oven unless you will eat them immediately. It is best to wait for it to cool and let the topping or filling settle.
- Step 2: Cut the brownies.
In this case, cutting the brownies is better.
- Step 3: Wrap each brownie.
Brownies can easily absorb the smell of other foods. So it is convenient to wrap each piece very well. It is recommended to use wraparound plastic or aluminum foil.
- Step 4: Place inside an airtight container.
Storing each piece of brownie in an airtight container or bag is best to reinforce protection. In this way, they last longer, about 3-4 days.
How to freeze brownies?
If you have prepared a good amount of brownies to eat when you please, these can be frozen without any problem and last a long time.
You must follow the following recommendations:
- Step 1: Let the brownie cool completely.
This takes on more importance in this case. When freezing, if the brownie is still hot inside, it could affect its texture.
- Step 2: Cut the brownie.
In this way, it is much more convenient since you thaw only the pieces you will eat.
- Step 3: Put double wrapping.
So that the brownie does not store much air and thus avoids frost burns, it is advisable to put two layers of protection on each piece.
You can wrap it first in plastic and then with aluminum foil.
- Step 4: Place in an airtight container or bag.
It could be an extra layer of protection. But it also serves to accommodate the brownies. In this way, they can last up to 6 months.
How to store brownies to sell
Now, this is a question that many entrepreneurs ask: how should brownies be saved to sell?
The business of selling food, especially baking, has been booming, and it seems everyone is selling, making the market highly competitive.
For this reason, it is necessary to maintain the best quality in the products. But what method do we recommend to save brownies for sale?
To maintain quality, we recommend storing brownies at room temperature. Hence, there are no sudden changes in temperature that can affect their texture.
If the recommendations are followed, the brownies can be perfectly on the counter, fresh and delicious, for 3-4 days. Here, the bread trick becomes essential.
And if the brownies have coverage or filling, the best option is to store them in the fridge. Unless the customer requires it, I do not recommend freezing brownies for sale.
How to preserve the brownie pre-mix
Many people are looking to save time on household chores, especially in the kitchen. So, these prepared pre-mixes have become extremely popular.
In addition to simplifying the preparation process, they are an excellent option for people who could be better at cooking. But what if you only used part of the pre-mix in the box?
Pre-mixes are products made to last a long time, so if some brownie pre-mix is left over, it can be stored in an airtight container or bag and stored in the cupboard at room temperature.
The place where it is to be stored should be cool and dry. They can last about 12 or 18 months. How to check if the pre-mix is good? Smell is the best tool to check its condition. If it smells rancid, it is best to discard it.
What if the brownie pre-mix is expired but smells good? The expiration date that manufacturers put on the products is an estimate to ensure the best quality of the product. So, it is safe to prepare brownies even if it has expired.
If there is a liquid mixture, it can be poured into an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
How do you know when a brownie is bad?
A brownie in poor condition has the following characteristics:
- It is dry and brittle. A brownie in good condition should have firmness and moisture.
- It loses the intensity of the color. The brownie loses the intense chocolate color, or the filling or icing has changed color.
- It has mold. A moldy food is not suitable for consumption.
- Rancid smell. If the brownie no longer has a good smell, it has most likely become bad.
- Bad taste. This would be the ultimate test. If the brownie tastes terrible, throw it away.
How long does a brownie last?
|Brownie at room temperature||3-4 days|
|Frozen brownie||4-6 months|
|Brownie with filling or icing, refrigerated.||3-4 days|
|Brownie pre-mix (box) room temperature||12-18 months|
What is the best way to preserve the brownie?
The best way to preserve the brownie, without a doubt, is to keep it at room temperature. You can maintain its taste, texture, and even improve if stored correctly.
However, if the brownie has any coating or filling with a dairy product or containing eggs, there is no choice but to refrigerate.
If you have prepared a considerable amount or want to have this dessert available when you prefer it without having to cook it again, it may be more convenient to freeze it in pieces and thus keep it for a few months.
If you liked this information and want to learn how to preserve other types of food, I invite you to continue reading our other topics.