Can you put edibles in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “can you put edibles in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can store edibles in the fridge. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of edibles and tips to properly store them.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

Can you put edibles in the fridge?

You can easily store your edibles in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. So, once you have bought the edibles it is best to keep them refrigerated the whole time or if you want to further prolong their shelf life you can opt for storing them in the freezer.

Now if the edibles contain dairy items then you should treat it with care and if it has been left out at room temperature for a couple of days then it is better to do its sensory evaluation before reaching a final verdict whether or not you are going to eat it.

On the other hand, if it is vegan and made from a shelf-stable commodity like coconut oil, there are great chances that the edibles would still be good enough even if they were left at room temperature for a couple of days. The only thing that can happen is the incidence that it would smell stale after being kept out in open for a couple of days. 

When it comes to dairy-filled goodies, they stay good in the fridge for about a week while when frozen they last for about 6 months.

On the other hand, when it comes to cookies or rice crispy treats, they can last for longer than a week when stored properly. Last but not least the gummies, lollipops, and hard candies have the longest shelf life.

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It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of edibles and edibles can even last longer than this provided that it is stored properly.

Is it unsafe to use edibles after the “best before” date?

You will find a “best by” or “ best before” date written on the pack of your edibles instead of the expiration date. The “best by” or “best before” date that is written on the pack of edibles refers to the quality rather than safety so the edibles don’t necessarily go bad immediately after the best before date. 

This date refers to the time during which you can enjoy the peak quality and flavor of edibles but you can still use edibles that are past this date as long as they were stored properly and do not have any signs of spoilage.

How fast do edibles kick in?

When it comes to the time it takes for the effect of edibles to kick in, it takes about an hour for the edible to kick in and its effect lasts anywhere between 4 to 12 hours depending upon the potency.

You can read more about it here.

Signs of bad edibles

You should consider the smell, taste, and texture of the edibles to reach a final verdict on whether or not you are going to eat them.

So all in all, when it comes to edibles, if you spot a mold on your edibles, then it is better to toss them out as they have gone bad while when it comes to the stale edibles, then it is up to you and your taste preference, whether you are going to consume them or not.

Tips to properly store edibles

  1. You should store your edibles away from direct sunlight and heat. 
  1. You should store the edibles in an air-tight container or resealable plastic zipper bag. It is necessary to store the edibles this way so that no air and moisture will find their way to the edibles and degrade their quality.
  1. Like gummies and hard candies, edibles should be stored in the refrigerator or if you want to further prolong their shelf life, it is better to store them in the freezer.
  1. It is better to store the edibles away from the normal gummy bears or cookies so that your children won’t get confused between the two.
  1. You should close the lid of the container containing edibles as soon as you have scooped out the edibles that you need so that it will minimize air or obnoxious agent exposure of your edibles.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “can you put edibles in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of whether or not you can store edibles in the fridge. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of edibles and tips to properly store them.

Citations

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https://www.westword.com/news/dear-stoner-how-long-do-edibles-stay-potent-7216209
https://highthere.com/cannabis/edibles/how-to-store/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.