Can the dough go in the fridge?

In this brief, we will answer the query, “ Can dough go in the fridge?”. Also, we will discuss the proper way of handling and storing the dough in different temperature zones.

Can dough go in the fridge?

Yes, you can store the dough in the fridge. Whether one is an avid baker or a baking enthusiast, a question always comes to mind is if the dough that you’ve prepared can be stored in the fridge for later baking.

Putting the dough in the fridge not only extends its life but also helps in intensifying the flavour and colour of the baked goods. Putting the dough in the fridge for a cold and slow rise is called cold fermentation. 

One should always keep in mind to at least achieve one rise of the dough at room temperature which will get the most out of the yeast activity.

Storing dough in the fridge is important but doing so properly is vital so as to avoid the dough from going bad. Using plastic wraps or airtight containers to store the dough in the fridge will help the dough to last longer.

How to achieve longer lasting dough?

Proper storage of the dough in the fridge is the key to achieving a longer lasting dough after a few extended days. Another important step to keep in mind is to use less or basic ingredients to make the dough. 

Basic dough with flour, water, salt, and yeast tends to last longer in the fridge as there are fewer chances of bacterias forming quickly as compared to the dairy or eggs based dough.

The basic dough can last for up to 5-10 days if stored in an airtight container whereas the dairy or egg based dough goes bad much faster.

How long does dough last at room temperature?

It is not recommended to store the dough at room temperature for later baking. If one is planning to bake the bread, cookies, or pizzas as they prepare the dough then the normal process of proofing the dough can be done at room temperature.

But storing the dough at room temperature is not the best idea. As we all know, the yeast gets to its optimum activity at room temperature which is why the bread or the pizzas are soft and fluffy. 

While proofing one should always remember to cover the dough as the direct contact with air will make the surface of the dough dry out.

How long does dough last in the fridge?

Dough prepared and stored in an airtight container can last in the fridge for 5-10 days depending on the ingredients used. 

A basic dough with no dairy or eggs and less amount of yeast or no yeast at all will last a bit longer than the ones with dairy and eggs and lots of yeast.

If the dough you are preparing requires it to rise double in size then always remember to store the dough in a bigger container so as to leave room for the dough to rise or else you will have a messy fridge.

Can you freeze the dough for later use?

Storing goods in the freezer for later use is an incredible idea, dough is no exception. Dough that has achieved a single rise can be tightly wrapped in a plastic wrap or in an airtight container can be placed in the freezer. 

A basic dough can be kept frozen for at least 3 months in the freezer as the dough with eggs or dairy can be stored for not more than 1 month. 

The only drawback of freezing the dough is the risk of freezer burn. But worry not, proper wrapping or storing in an airtight container will avoid freezer burn.

How to know if the dough has gone bad?

Though taking good care while storing the dough in the fridge or the freezer, the dough might go bad. There are a few key things to watch out for to know if the dough has gone bad.

Smell

It is very critical to know the smell of fresh dough or the dough that has gone bad. The dough starts smelling very sour or rancid then one should quickly discard the dough as it is unfit to bake or eat.

Texture and colour

The texture and colour of the dough will start to change once the dough has reached its end. The colour will start to turn grey and the texture will also change. The dough will be more moist and slimy.

Mould

If you start to see any mould in the dough then it is time to throw it in the rubbish straight away. The mouldy dough is not healthy to eat as it can cause health issues.

Conclusion

In this brief, we answered the query, “Can dough go in the fridge?”. We also discussed the proper way of handling and storing the dough in different temperature zones.

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

References

https://www.kingarthurbaking.com/blog/2021/09/28/how-to-refrigerate-bread-dough-to-bake-later