How long do donuts last in the fridge?

This article will answer the question “How long do donuts last in the fridge?”, and how to store donuts?

How long do donuts last in the fridge?

Plain, powdered, glazed, and topped donuts last 2 days at room temperature and up to a week in the fridge. 

Cream-filled donuts are best consumed fresh but can keep fresh for 3-5 days in the fridge. The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different categories of donuts.

On the counter In the fridge 
Donuts with no cream filling or topping2 days 5-7 days 
Donuts with cream filling or topping3-5 days 

How to store donuts?

Ideally, donuts should be at a constant temperature of 45℉ or below. The quality degrades real fast once the donuts are out of their original package. 

So the best way to store the leftover donuts is to either refrigerate them or freeze them. Follow the tips below to successfully store donuts.

  1. Store the donuts as soon as possible after unpackaging if you do not intend to eat them right away. Use an air-tight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag for this purpose. Remove as much air as possible from the bag.
  1. With or without a container, the donuts should not sit for too long on the counter.
  1. Store the donuts away from chips, cereal, or toast. They make the donuts go stale.
  1. For bonus protection, wrap each donut with cling film before packing it away in a freezer bag or air-tight container.
  1. Put a clear label on the container or bag. This will let you know how long the donuts have been frozen.

How to keep donuts fresh at room temperature?

Pack the donuts in an air-tight container or plastic bags and keep them at room temperature if they are to be consumed within 1-2 days. Remove as much air as possible from the bag. 

Make sure the seal of the bag and container is sound or else the donuts will go stale. Keep the donuts somewhere dry and cool, away from heat like the direct sunlight and the stovetop. 

Microwave the donuts for 5 seconds so they are fresh and warm again. Do not overdo the reheating or else the icing will melt.

How to tell if the donuts have gone bad?

Moldy or soggy donuts are done for and should be immediately discarded. A Krispy Kreme donut with a dry filling is not necessarily bad but it won’t quite hit the spot. Note that cream-filled donuts should never be stored at room temperature.

So, you might want to get rid of it. Similarly, if there is something off about the texture, color, and flavor of donuts, toss them in the bin. 

Eating donuts does not have to be a drill. Therefore, you can get rid of stale donuts without any guilt.

When it comes to cream-filled donuts, it is better to stay on the err of caution and discard the ones who have been sitting way past their expiry.

Can you freeze donuts?

Well, it depends. It all boils down to the ingredients of the donuts. Some freeze well, others don’t. So, let’s dig deep into this topic.

What about plain and powdered donuts?

Plain and powdered donuts adapt well to the freezing environment. But I must say that bread freezes better than donuts. 

Having said that, there will be no significant changes in the quality of the frozen plain and powdered donuts after thawing. But the quality won’t be as good.

What about glazed and topped donuts?

In this case, the topping or the glaze is the issue because it melts. This is regardless of where you choose to keep these donuts. 

Refrigeration also melts the toppings and you end up with a messy donut. The bottom line is that freezing is not recommended for glazed and topped donuts.

What about the cream-filled donuts?

If you have ever frozen cream before, you know freezing cream-filled donuts is a bad idea. Freezing will separate the filling and dry it out. 

So, finishing such a donut will be torture that you don’t have to go through. I say skip the freezing in this case.

How to thaw donuts?

Instead of the usual “slow thawing in the fridge”, you need to leave the donuts on the counter for 15-30 minutes to thaw completely. Do not cover the donut while it sits on the counter. 

The moisture needs to escape, not be trapped inside the donut. Covering the donut during defrosting will make it soggy and nobody wants that!


This article answered the question “How long do donuts last in the fridge?”, and how to store donuts?


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