How to Store Chocolate Ganache in 3 Ways (Cake too)

Chocolate ganache is a preparation used for filling and/or covering cakes, cookies, cakes, tarts, and for the preparation of truffles, but how is chocolate ganache preserved?

You can keep chocolate ganache at room temperature for two days. To extend its duration, you can refrigerate it for a week. For the long term, you can freeze the chocolate ganache for up to 3 months. 

Store Chocolate Ganache

To know in detail how to store the chocolate ganache, I invite you to continue reading.

Store chocolate ganache at room temperature

Storing at room temperature is somewhat controversial, as some consider that chocolate ganache should be kept cold most of the time.

However, if chocolate ganache has a high-fat content, and where you live, the average temperature does not exceed 77°F (25°C)you can store it at room temperature without a problem.

Some experts consider that ganache should be 6 hours at room temperature before refrigeration. [1] 

To store the ganache at room temperature correctly, do the following:

  • Step 1: Cool the ganache. 

After preparing the chocolate ganache, it should be left for a while until it cools completely.

  • Step 2: Transfer to an airtight container.

When the ganache is cold, you transfer it to an airtight container for more safety. 

  • Step 3: Cover the surface with plastic film.

The plastic should touch the entire surface of the chocolate ganache, thus preventing a shell from being created, and then it is covered well.

  • Step 4: Store in a cool, dry place.

Avoid places where there is heat emission or humid areas that promote the development of bacteria.

If you follow all these steps, the ganache will be ok at room temperature for two days. [2]

Keep the chocolate ganache in the fridge

For many, this is the ideal storage option for chocolate ganache, as it retains its texture for much longer.

To properly store the chocolate ganache in the refrigerator, you need to do the following:

  • Step 1: Cool for a few hours.

I recommend leaving the ganache at room temperature for 6 or 8 hours before placing it in the fridge, as I mentioned earlier.

  • Step 2: Transfer the ganache to an airtight container.

The airtight container will protect the ganache from moisture in the refrigerator and prevent it from absorbing odors from other foods.

  • Step 3: Place a layer of film paper on the surface of the ganache.

Try flatting the ganache before covering it with the plastic film, so its surface looks smooth.

  • Step 4: Tag.

Label the container with the storage date.

  • Step 5: Store in the fridge.

It would be best to place the container at the bottom of the refrigerator since the temperature is much more stable. So the chocolate ganache can be in the fridge for a week.

How to freeze the chocolate ganache

Can chocolate ganache be frozen? Of course, you can freeze the chocolate ganache, especially when it needs to be stored for an extended period since it withstands low temperatures well for up to 3 months.

To freeze the chocolate ganache, you just have to:

  • Step 1: Cool. 

As I’ve been recommending, leave a couple of hours at room temperature so that the freshly made ganache cools completely. 

  • Step 2: Transfer the contents to an airtight container. 

The container must be suitable for storage in the freezer. 

  • Step 3: Smooth the surface of the chocolate ganache.

With a knife or a flat tool, try to smooth it as much as possible, so it freezes evenly.

  • Step 4: Cover with plastic film.

Make sure that the plastic covers the entire surface of the chocolate ganache.

  • Step 5: Tag.

This step is essential in this type of storage, as you will save it for a long time, and you can forget the exact storage date. 

  • Step 6: Save to the freezer. 

Following the instructions, you can freeze the chocolate ganache for three months.

To thaw, you must pass the ganache to the fridge the night before so that it softens slowly, and before use, leave it an hour at room temperature.

It is not advisable to thaw the chocolate ganache by taking it out of the freezer and leaving it at room temperature, as the thawing process should be slow.

How to preserve a cake with chocolate ganache?

To preserve a cake with chocolate ganache, whether it is filled or covered, you must take into account the ganache, the cake, and the rest of the additives the cake has.

If the climate is behind the 77°F (25°C), you could leave the cake with chocolate ganache covered (cake box or airtight container) in a dry and dark place at room temperature for two days

Keep the cake with chocolate ganache in the fridge

To refrigerate a cake with chocolate ganache in the right way, you just have to follow these indications:

  • Step 1: Place the cake inside a container.

The container can be a cake stand, a cardboard box to store cakes, or a large enough container where the cake fits and has a lid.

  • Step 2: Store in the coldest area of the fridge. 

It will help if you place the cake with chocolate ganache at the bottom of the fridge since the temperature is much more stable there. 

In this way, the cake with chocolate ganache can be between 3 and 4 days in the fridge.

Freeze the cake with chocolate ganache

Can you freeze the cake with chocolate ganache? Of course, as long as you do not carry other additives that do not freeze well as fresh fruits. 

To freeze the cake with chocolate ganache, do the following:

  • Step 1: Chop the cake.

If you chop the cake, you will thaw only the pieces you want to eat, and the cake will freeze faster and better.

  • Step 2: Double Wrap. 

Wrap each piece with plastic film, then with aluminum foil.

  • Step 3: Place the pieces of cake inside an airtight bag or container.

It is advisable to put them inside an airtight container or bag suitable for freezing to avoid pieces of cake staining everywhere.

  • Step 4: Tag.

Set the storage date.

  • Step 5: Save to the freezer.

If you follow all the steps correctly, the cake with chocolate ganache can last about two months frozen.

To thaw, it is advisable to pass the pieces you will eat one night before to the refrigerator.

How do you know if the chocolate ganache is bad?

To determine if the chocolate ganache is spoiled, you must use the senses

First, you should observe if the container or the ganache (depending on its consistency) developed mold or any fungus. If so, it should be discarded immediately.

But chocolate ganache can look good and still be bad. If it has a bad smell, like stale, it also indicates that the ganache got bad

The taste is another determining factor. For example, if it tastes rancid or like cheese, it is indicative that it has already been damaged, and you should not eat it.

How long does the chocolate ganache last?

Well, depending on how you store the chocolate ganache, it can last little or a lot; below, I leave you a summary.

Chocolate ganache at room temperature2 days
Refrigerated chocolate ganache1 week
Frozen chocolate ganache3 months
Cake with chocolate ganache at room temperature2 days
Cake with chocolate ganache refrigerated3 – 4 days
Cake with chocolate ganache frozen2 months

What is the best way to preserve chocolate ganache?

The answer depends on the use you will give to the chocolate ganache and the amount of fat it contains, although the quality of the ingredients also influences.

A chocolate ganache with high-fat content and a temperature of 77°F or less should be good to store the ganache, but you should consume it quickly. 

Most experts consider that the best way to store chocolate ganache is to keep it in the fridge.

Since you always need a little cooling grip consistency. In addition, the refrigerator can retain its texture and consistency for longer. 

Freezing is an option when you have a lot of ganache and do not plan to use everything soon

Another way of storage would be to keep the ingredients separately until you prepare ganache, so click the link if you want to know how to store cream.

If you liked this content and want to learn how to preserve other foods, here is more information. 

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