How long do muffins last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do muffins last in the fridge?”, and how to store muffins?

This article includes a brief guide on how to safely freeze muffins. Read on if you want to know how to identify spoiled muffins. 

How long do muffins last in the fridge?

The shelf-life of muffins depends upon their composition and is determined by the most perishable ingredients present in them. 

Muffins topped with fresh fruits have the shortest shelf-life. Frits are highly perishable and grow mold easily when subjected to temperatures above 4℃. 

Muffins with melted chocolate, nuts, oats, dried fruit are predominantly dry, hence, last up to 7 days. Savory muffins containing cheese, meat, and chopped veggies must be refrigerated. The following table shows an estimated shelf-life of different types of muffins. 

Counter Fridge Freezer 
Sweet muffins topped with fresh ingredients1-2 days 3+ months 
Sweet muffins with fresh fruit inside3-4 days 3+ months 
Sweet muffins with mostly dry ingredients5-7 days 3+ months 
Savory muffins4-6 days 3+ months 

How to store muffins?

Sweet muffins 

Place the muffins in an air-tight container lined with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Then stick the container in the fridge. You could also keep this container on the counter at a stable room temperature but only for sweet muffins. 

Savory muffins 

For savory muffins, refrigeration is necessary.  Refrigeration is particularly important if the muffins contain dairy or meat ingredients. Above all this, it is always a good idea to follow the instructions of the recipe author or the manufacturer If you are purchasing the muffins from a bakery.

Storage tips to keep the muffins fresh 

Muffins must be allowed to cool down before you pack them away in the air-tight container. It is important to let that steam escape or else it will be trapped inside the container and turn the muffins soggy. It also triggers the growth of bacteria. 

The best practice is to spread the muffins, in a single layer,  on a cooling rack fresh out of the oven. Instead of an air-tight container, you can also use a heavy-duty freezer bag. Do not forget to line the top and bottom of the muffins with paper or tea towels.

To keep the muffins fresh overnight, leave them on the counter covered with kitchen towels. Let them cool on the wire rack first.

How to freeze muffins?

Yes! You can freeze muffins. This might come as a surprise but muffins adapt quite well to the freezing environment. Follow the steps below to successfully freeze muffins. 

Let them cool: This is a very crucial step for the safe storage of muffins. You do not want to end up with soggy muffins. Therefore, let the muffins reach room temperature before freezing.

Seal them in containers or bags: In case your muffins have a sticky surface, wrap them individually with cling film before packing them in a freezer bag or container. 

Otherwise, you can just pop them all together in the same freezer bag. Don’t forget to squeeze out the air from the bag.

If you intend to freeze the muffins for several months then opt for the freezer bag as the freezing medium. It is because a freezer bag reduces air exposure more effectively than a container.

Pack the muffins in a single layer to prevent them from squishing. If you have a congested space in the freezer, it is better to opt for an air-tight container as it won’t let the muffins get squished.

Label and freeze: It is a good practice to put a clear label on the container or bag. This helps you in the identification of the frozen product. It also lets you know how long the muffins have been frozen.

How to thaw muffins?

Muffins can be thawed on the counter. Alternatively, you can reheat the muffins for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Check after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating the muffins. 

How to tell If a muffin is bad?

The discolored or fuzzy surface is an indication of mold. Such muffins should be discarded immediately. It is better to be on the err of caution and discard the muffins sitting for too long in the storage. 

Such muffins may still be safe to eat but the quality won’t be as good for sure. If there is something off bout the smell or flavor of the muffins, they are done for.

Moreover, muffins with a hard, dry, or crumbly texture and slimy fruit toppings or fillings are spoiled and should be discarded. 

You may be wondering What happens If you eat expired little bites.


In this article, we answered the question “How long do muffins last in the fridge?”, and how to store muffins?