How long are brownies good for in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How long are brownies good for in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of brownies. Moreover, we are going to discuss the different ways to spot bad brownies.

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

How long are brownies good for in the fridge?

Brownies whether they are homemade or bakery bought last for about 7 days if stored at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge. It should be stored in air-tight containers or plastic zipper bags on one of the shelves of the refrigerator.

You should store your brownies at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below in an air-tight plastic bag. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore it is always advised to store your brownies at a lower temperature to preserve their freshness for a long time.

Now when it comes to brownies, you can either store them in the fridge or the pantry as both of them have their own pros and cons.

When it comes to light or airier brownies with low moisture content, you can store them easily in the air-tight container in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry. On the other hand, when it comes to dense, brownies with high moisture content, it is recommended to always store them in an air-tight container or plastic bag in the fridge.

Moreover, for the brownies which have eggs or cream added in their formulation, it is recommended to store them in the fridge properly. Thus, brownies that have cream-based filling or frosting should be stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of brownies.

How long do brownies keep at room temperature?

Brownies last for about 3-4 days when stored properly in an air-tight container or resealable plastic bag in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

It is worth mentioning that you should never store your brownies in a humid and hot environment as a humid and hot environment favors mold growth on the brownies.

How long are brownies good for in the freezer?

Dense fudge-like brownies freeze well and can be stored in the freezer for quite a while. On the other hand, no doubt that you can also freeze light brownies but they can become grainy or crumbly when thawed.

You can either store your brownies while keeping them in the plastic freezer bag in the freezer or you can store them by wrapping them in cling film or aluminum foil. 

Properly stored brownies last for about 4-6 months in the freezer.

Thus keeping the brownies in the freezer will increase their shelf life considerably owing to the cool temperature of the freezer that halts the bacterial growth on the brownies.

How long do brownies last after being frozen and thawed?

Frozen brownies if thawed in the refrigerator can stay there for 3-4 days before reheating and consuming them. 

But if you thaw and reheat your brownies in an oven or the microwave, it is advised to use them immediately after heating them till their internal temperature rises to 165 °F.

You can read how to make brownies here.

Different ways to spot bad brownies

There are a couple of indicators that point out bad brownies. You should consider the appearance and smell of the brownies to reach a  final verdict on whether or not they have gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or other organic growth on your brownies then it means that your brownies have gone bad and the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of them.

It is worth mentioning that you should refrain from smelling brownies that have molds on them as molds can produce mycotoxins that if they enter your body even via inhalation can disrupt your gut microflora thereby weakening your immune system.

Smell 

If you smell some off smells (sour, foul, or intense alcoholic smell) while taking a sniff test of your brownies then it means that your brownies have gone bad.

If microbes somehow found their way to your brownies and have spoiled it then the best thing you should do is to discard them.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long are brownies good for in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of brownies. Moreover, we discussed the different ways to spot bad brownies.

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/do-brownies-go-bad/
https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/18771

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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.