So you’ve made a batch of beautiful homemade muffins, but are wondering what the best way to store them is, to ensure long-term freshness. Here are some tips to store muffins, depending on the length of time you want to keep them for.
Firstly, it’s important to note that muffins need to be fully cooled before storing them – otherwise they will end up soggy! Once you remove them from the oven, leave in the pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
If you know the muffins are going to be eaten the next day, or will be put into lunchboxes in the morning, the best way to preserve their freshness is to leave them on a wire rack with a clean, dry dish towel covering them. If you’d prefer to put them in a container, you can (once fully cooled) put them into an airtight container and leave at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
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Two to Four Days
If muffins are left exposed, the moisture starts to leak from them and they dry out. To store muffins up to 4 days, line an airtight container or zip-lock bag with paper towel and store the muffins in a single layer. Place another layer of paper towel on top of the muffins as well. They can be stored in a container without paper towel, but are more likely to become soggy the longer they’re in there.
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Up to 3 Months
Muffins are the perfect snack for freezing! That way you lock in the moisture and flavour, and can grab them out as needed. The easiest method is to use zip-lock bags and place muffins in a single layer inside the bag. You may also wish to wrap the muffins in foil first before placing in the bag. Make sure you get as much air out of the bag as possible, and to reduce the chance of freezer burn, place that sealed bag inside another bag and seal that one too.
Tip: write on the bag what flavour the muffins are, and what date they were frozen to eliminate surprises and to ensure to eat them all within the recommended time frame of 3 months.
Defrosting Frozen Muffins
To defrost your frozen muffins, you can place them at room temperature to defrost, or place them unwrapped on some paper towel in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
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