How to Store Focaccia and Its Dough

You can store focaccia at room temperature for 2 or 3 days if it does not have fresh vegetables or sausages. To extend its shelf life, refrigerate it for 3 to 7 days or freeze it for 2 or 3 months.

To know how to preserve focaccia, I recommend you continue reading.

Store Focaccia

How to store focaccia at room temperature

To store focaccia at room temperature, it should not have fresh vegetables, dairy, meats, or sausages added because these types of foods require a cold environment to stay in good condition.

If your focaccia only has herbs on it, then you can store it as follows:

  • Step 1: Wait for the focaccia to cool.

If you just made it, wait until it cools completely before storing it. Otherwise, the internal steam of focaccia can cause its texture to be lost and form moisture that will accelerate its decomposition. Put the focaccia on a rack, plate, or tray until cool.

  • Step 2: Wrap the focaccia and then bag.

Once the focaccia is cold, wrap it with transparent plastic to prevent it from losing the little moisture it retains and hardening too much. Then put it inside an airtight bag or container. 

  • Step 3: Store the focaccia in the pantry.

Place the focaccia in a dry, dark, and cool place, such as a pantry cabinet or closet. This way, you can store focaccia at room temperature for 2 or 3 days.

How to keep focaccia in the fridge

Some people (including myself) do not recommend storing focaccia in the fridge because the bread does not keep very well in there. However, it is the best option if you have any food that requires cold storage.

Also, if you want it to last a little longer than at room temperature, you can store it as follows:

  • Step 1: Wait for the focaccia to cool.

Here it becomes more critical to cool the focaccia before storing it because the steam would condense faster in the fridge. That humidity, apart from ruining its consistency, makes it damage more quickly. So place it on a rack or plate.

  • Step 2: Wrap the focaccia and then bag.

Cover each focaccia with wraparound plastic, then put it inside an airtight bag or container to prevent the refrigerator’s humidity from negatively affecting it.

  • Step 3: Store the focaccia in the pantry.

Leave the focaccia in a cold area, but not much, so the focaccia will keep for 3 or 4 days if it has fresh vegetables, meat, sausage, or some dairy, or 5 to 7 days otherwise.

How to freeze focaccia

You can freeze focaccia, although it also depends on the ingredients on top because you will have to remove them if they do not freeze well. Here is how you freeze focaccia.

  • Step 1: Wait for the focaccia to cool.

Leave the focaccia on a rack, plate, or tray to cool since the temperature shock will ruin its consistency if you put it in the freezer while hot.

  • Step 2: Wrap the focaccia and then bag.

In this case, you must first wrap each focaccia with transparent film, then aluminum foil, to protect them from freezer burns. Or you can make double wrapping with plastic film.

Then, put the focaccia inside an airtight freezer-resistant bag or container.

  • Step 3: Write the storage date of the focaccia.

You can put it on the bag or container, stick a label or write the date on the tape attached to the container where you kept the focaccia.

  • Step 4: Store the focaccia in the freezer.

You can store focaccia in the freezer for 2 or 3 months

If you want to defrost the focaccia, you can pass it to the fridge one night before so that it thaws slowly, and there it can be for 2 or 3 more days.

Although you could also thaw the focaccia at room temperature for an hour, leave it wrapped, and then you can reheat it. Focaccia cannot be re-frozen.

How to reheat focaccia

To heat the focaccia in the oven, preheat it to 370°F (190°C), then place the focaccia on a tray with parchment paper underneath and drizzle it with a bit of water. Bake for 6 or 8 minutes

If the focaccia is frozen, it is best to thaw it at room temperature before heating it.

Another alternative, especially if you do not have much time, is to reheat the focaccia in the microwave (but not recommended). You must wrap it with damp paper and heat it to medium power in batches of 30 seconds; check between sets if it has already heated correctly.

You can also heat the focaccia in an air fryer, spray it with water, then adjust it to 370°C for 3 or 5 minutes

How to store focaccia dough

If you want to know how to store the focaccia dough, you can leave it for up to 12 hours in the fridge, but this is not considered a storage method but a rest for the dough to acquire flavor. 

Just be sure to cover the dough before putting it in the fridge. But to store it, you will need to freeze the focaccia dough as follows:

  • Step 1: Divide the dough of the focaccia into several portions.

Frozen a large portion of the focaccia dough is not advisable, so you only must thaw the amounts you want.

  • Step 2: Perform the first freezing of the focaccia dough.

Place portions of the focaccia dough on a tray with wax paper, parchment, or nonstick foil, and put it in the freezer for 4 or 6 hours.

  • Step 3: Wrap each portion of dough.

When the dough portions freeze, wrap each with plastic film and put them in a sturdy, airtight bag, or container.

  • Step 4: Write down the date of preparation of the dough.

Write a date of preparation of the focaccia dough on the bag or container or place a label on it. Another option would be to write the date on a tape placed on the container.

  • Step 5: Store the focaccia dough in the freezer.

You can freeze the focaccia dough for 1 or 2 months. To thaw the focaccia dough, I recommend doing it slowly, so transfer a portion of this dough to the fridge one night before. The dough of focaccia cannot be re-frozen.

How to know if focaccia got bad?

Your focaccia will have been damaged if it has at least one of these characteristics:

  • Hardening: when focaccia is exposed outdoors for a long time, it will lose all moisture and freshness and become extremely hard.
  • Mold: If focaccia has green, white, or black spots or lint, it means that bacteria, known as mold, contaminated it. 
  • Unpleasant smell and taste: when damaged, they emit an ugly odor or will have an unpleasant taste.
  • It is watery: when the focaccia is exposed to humid environments, it will become liquid and viscous.

Do not eat focaccia if it has any of these characteristics, or you could get sick.

How long does focaccia last?

Focaccia at room temperature2 – 3 days
Refrigerated Focaccia (herbs only)5 – 7 days
Refrigerated focaccia (with dairy, fresh vegetables, meats, or sausages)3 – 4 days
Frozen Focaccia2 – 3 months
Focaccia dough in the fridge12 hours
Focaccia dough in the freezer1 – 2 months

What is the best way to preserve focaccia?

The answer depends on the focaccia’s additions because if it only has herbs, the best way to preserve it would be to store it at room temperature or in the freezer.

If you have added any dairy product, fresh vegetables, or some type of meat or sausage, then it is best to keep the focaccia in the fridge and, depending on these ingredients, also in the freezer.

The focaccia dough can only be stored in the freezer because, inside the fridge, it will only keep for 12 hours maximum.

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