Can brownies go in the fridge?

In this brief, we will answer the query, “can brownies go in the fridge?”. We will also talk about ways of storing the brownies and discuss their shelf life.

Can brownies go in the fridge?

Yes, brownies can definitely be stored in the fridge for the longevity of their shelf life. The chocolatey, moist, gooey, heavenly goodness is no doubt one of the favourite desserts there is. 

So preparing and storing and wishing that it never finishes is everyone’s dream. This dream can be easily fulfilled by following a few steps in properly storing them in the right place.

Though brownies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days without losing their taste, texture, or integrity, storing them in the fridge can extend that to a maximum of 2 weeks if stored properly. 

For the extension of the shelf life of brownies, freezing them has come in handy too like any other baked goods, brownies also can be enjoyed for a longer period of time.

How to store brownies?

Brownies can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge or in the freezer as per one’s liking and necessity. One should be mindful of wrapping the brownies or storing them in an airtight container no matter where you want to store them. 

Air is no friend to the gooey delicacy, so to avoid them from turning dry and crumbly, keep them away from air contact.

Here we will elaborate on things to keep in mind while storing them in different temperature environments and their shelf life accordingly.

At room temperature

Brownies stored at room temperature will remain in their original taste and texture for a period of 5 days. 

One should keep in mind to completely cool off the brownies before wrapping them or sealing them in an airtight container. If the brownies are not completely cooled down, the warmth and the moisture will contaminate the brownies with bacteria and can go bad quickly.

In the fridge

Storing any food item to maximise its shelf life is a given in today’s household and brownies are no exception. While storing the brownies in the fridge, wrapping the brownies tightly so no air can enter is something that needs to be taken care of with no excuse. 

Double or triple layers of the plastic wrap should be used with the last layer of aluminium foil for extra protection.

The fridge stored brownies remain fresh for a maximum period of 2 weeks if kept airtight. The brownies once completely cooled off should be wrapped. One can either wrap the whole slab of brownies or portion them when cold and pack them in little portions so it’s easy and hassle-free when needed.

When you really feel like munching on the brownies, either let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour for it to come to room temperature, or can opt for an easy way out of microwaving for 10 secs repetitions till it just warmed up. One should be careful that the brownies, if heated for a long time, turn chewy and dry.

In the freezer

Freezing the brownies in the freezer for future use is a brilliant way of storing them. Once in the freezer, the brownies last for a maximum of 3 months whilst stored properly. 

Once frozen, one can easily pull out the desired amount of brownies and thaw them overnight or for a few hours till they are at room temperature and enjoy the exquisite dessert. 

While freezing the brownies, one should be mindful of not letting the freezer burn. This happens if the air comes to play because the packing was not airtight. 

Storing brownies as a whole slab or portions should be placed in zip lock bags or wrapped tightly with plastic wrap and a layer of aluminium foil.

How to know if brownies have gone bad?

Brownies like all other food items will not be the same after their shelf life is over. Few things to look for to figure out if the brownies have gone bad are mentioned below.

Taste

Brownies should be tasted as a chocolatey and sweet dessert. Any other sour or funny taste is an indication that the brownies have gone bad and should be chucked in the trash.

Texture

The moist, gooey inside and firm outside texture is a norm for a good quality brownie. If the brownies seem otherwise i.e. dry and crumbly, it means that the brownies are no good to consume any longer.

Mouldy 

Seeing a mould develop in brownies is a clear indication that the brownies should be immediately discarded.

Conclusion

In this brief, we answered the query, “can brownies go in the fridge?”. We also talked about different ways of storing the brownies and discussed their shelf life.

I hope to find this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.nigella.com/ask/storing-brownies

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.