August 2, 2020
How Long Do Brownies Last? Do Brownies Go Bad?
Are you curious how long brownies can last? Stick around as we share the answer in this article…
The fudgy, gooey, and chocolatey goodness of brownies makes them a favorite dessert. They are easy to make, require minimal ingredients, and can satisfy anyone’s craving for sweets. Perfect with coffee or milk, brownies are delectable and never disappoints.
When baking batches of brownies, it is important to consider their shelf life, and how long they last. Since one cannot consume an entire batch in one day, consider proper storage to extend their life, and enjoy them for a few days.
So, how long should one store brownies at home? Here we have a guide to understanding the average shelf life of this dessert, and how to properly store them at home.
Can Brownies Go Bad?
Just like any other food, brownies don’t last forever. Whether buying them from the bakery, grocery, or baking fresh batches, this dessert will expire. Because of ingredients like dairy, brownies easily go bad in no time, especially if stored it wrong.
Consuming old or spoiled brownies is a bad thing, knowing that mold can form. Before munching on a small square, be sure to know the status of the food to avoid diarrhea or food poisoning.
This said, unlike other desserts like cake, brownies typically last longer. If stored in a sealed, airtight container, the food can survive for a couple of days. Of course, this will depend on the other ingredients added to them. We will elaborate more below… keep reading.
How to Store Brownies
Generally, you can store a fresh batch of brownies in the pantry. Room temperature needs to be considered to get rid of moisture that could potentially spoil the dessert. One simple thing to consider is getting an airtight container to store the brownies. Never leave them out on the counter, and be sure to add a plastic wrap on the lid to block the air completely.
If you’re only eating a few squares, don’t cut the entire pan. When you cut them, you are leaving some parts exposed to the air. This will turn the dessert into crunchy, dry brownies pretty fast. Just keep them in the pan, wrap with plastic, and then enclose with a cover. Or cut in large portions and immediately store in an airtight container.
Can You Freeze Brownies
It is totally safe to freeze them to extend their shelf life for weeks. In fact, freezing is the best option to keep the dessert edible for at least 2 to 3 months. There’s an exception here, those brownies with filling or icing.
Store these desserts in the freezer by using freezer bags to keep out of the cold air. Wrap the slab using a cling wrap, then cover with aluminum foil. Make sure to write the date on the bags so you’ll know when they expire.
Now, when it comes to defrosting, simply put the container or bag in the refrigerator overnight. Eat them immediately for up to two days after defrosting.
How Long Do Brownies Last?
Generally, they last up to four days, if stored in the pantry. Beyond this time, the dessert can have a different taste and texture. As mentioned, storing them inside the freezer is the best way to extend their shelf life, permitting you’ve properly stored them.
Fudgy and gooey brownies will last for only two days, because of the moisture. Ingredients such as extra eggs, filling, and creamy icing are temperature-sensitive, so you need to store them inside the refrigerator.
The reason why you want to seal the container tightly is to avoid picking up the smells from other food inside the refrigerator. Additionally, this also blocks moisture that could cause mold.
How to Tell If Brownies Have Gone Bad
They will eventually go bad after a prolonged period, roughly seven days in the pantry. To know if the dessert has gone bad, note whether the appearance has changed. Slight changes in the appearance, such as mold forming anywhere, indicate that you must throw them out.
A spoiled brownie will also smell strong and funky, which you can easily spot. For the taste, the flavor becomes bland, and texture is terrible. If this is the case, spit the brownie out and throw it straight into the trash.
In short, brownies will last about two to four days. Keep in mind that storage techniques and ingredients are factors that affect the quality of brownies. If stored in an airtight container and inside the freezer, the brownies can last for up to three months.
Hope you learned something new today. Cheers!
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