Brownies can be stored in the refrigerator, the freezer, and even on the counter. The best way to store your brownies depends on when you would like to eat them.
While there isn’t one “best” way to store brownies, there are a few tips and tricks for each method to ensure you are snacking on the best tasting brownies possible. Because no one wants a crusty old brownie, am-I-right?
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll go over the various ways you can store your brownies. We’ll also talk about how you can tell when your brownies have gone bad, and share some of our top picks of items to store those sweet baked goods in.
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How to Store Brownies
There are three ways to properly store a brownie: in the refrigerator, in the freezer, or at room temperature. The most important part of brownie storage is making sure they keep their moisture. Otherwise, your soft and chewy brownie can become a chocolate flavored brick in no time.
Before we get into specifics for each storage style, let’s go over some general tips.
General Brownie Storage Tips
- Let them cool before storing them. It can be tempting to wrap up your brownies and store them away right out of the oven. But beware! Placing brownies into a container before they cool will result in soggy brownies from steam and condensation.
- Lock in that moisture! Once your brownies have cooled, it’s time to wrap them up to keep them moist. Make sure when wrapping brownies that no air pockets are left.
- Consider storing brownies whole. Once again, you want to be taking steps to make sure your brownies stay moist. By storing brownies whole instead of slicing them into squares right away, you are slowing the rate of crystallization of the sugar in your brownies.
- Write the date you baked them or the “use by” date. “Did I bake these two days ago…or was it last week?” Save yourself the trouble of wondering if your brownies are still in the safe window for consumption by writing on the storage container with a dry erase marker. Write the day you baked them or the “use by” date. This is by far my favorite thing to do when storing baked goods or any leftovers. It’s just so helpful!
Storing Brownies at Room Temperature
If you plan on eating your brownies soon after baking them, then storing them at room temperature is a good idea. At room temperature, brownies will last 3-4 days. Once your brownies have cooled, there are a couple of ways to store them.
Bake them in a pan that doubles as a storage container like this one.
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This is a great option if you are baking your brownies the night before a party or get-together. An airtight baking and storage container will allow your brownies to stay fresh and you won’t have to worry about moving your brownies to a different tray for storing.
Wrap Them in Plastic Wrap
Wrapping your brownies in plastic wrap is a great way to lock in their moisture. Wrap your brownies as one large piece or into individual squares for a grab-and-go treat!
Store in an Airtight Container With Parchment Paper
Place a layer of parchment paper on the bottom of the container. Then, place a layer of brownies on top of the parchment paper, followed by another layer of parchment and brownies. This will keep your brownies fresh and prevent them from sticking to each other.
Storing Brownies in the Fridge
If you think it might take you a bit longer to finish off that batch of brownies, go ahead and pop them in the fridge! Refrigerated brownies can last one to two weeks.
Double Wrap Brownies in Plastic Wrap
Double wrapping your brownies prevents them from absorbing other odors that are in your fridge. No one wants to eat a brownie that tastes like last night’s fried chicken!
Store in an Airtight Container With Parchment Paper Layers
Just like you would for room temperature brownies, storing refrigerated brownies this way is also a great idea.
Storing Brownies in the Freezer
If you don’t plan on eating your brownies for a month or more, storing them in the freezer is your best bet. Frozen foods will taste good for up to three months. But be careful, not all brownies will taste good after freezing. Dense, fudgy brownies will hold up much better in your freezer than brownies with a lighter, cakier consistency.
Your frozen brownies will also need more protection than brownies in the fridge or on the counter. So…
Triple Wrap Those Brownies!
Start with a tight layer of plastic wrap. You can wrap brownies individually or in half block slabs. Make sure that they are wrapped tightly with no air pockets.
Next, wrap your plastic-wrapped brownies in a layer of aluminum foil. This is to protect your treats against freezer burn.
Lastly, put your wrapped up brownies into a freezer-safe storage bag or container. This will give you the most protection against freezer burn.
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Enjoying Your Stored Brownies
For brownies that have been stored at room temperature or in the fridge, feel free to eat them as they are! Of course, you can pop refrigerated brownies in the oven or microwave to get them nice and warm, if you’d like.
Brownies that have been frozen in larger blocks will need at least 2-3 hours to thaw out before eating. If you froze your brownies into individual serving sizes, one hour of defrosting should do the trick!
How to Know if Your Brownies Have Gone Bad
- Check the “use by” date you wrote on the container. If it is past the date you wrote, it’s best to throw it in the garbage. Food can grow bacteria and spoil without looking or even tasting bad.
- The taste is off. If your brownies start to taste weird or are so stale you could crack a tooth on them, it’s time to toss them out.
- There is visible mold growing on them. Ah, mold. You know your brownies are goners when this telltale sign of spoilage shows up. Throw them out right away!
Best Products to Store Brownies
Here are some of our top picks for storing brownies: