Preserving Goodies: Fridge, Freezer, or Countertop?
If you want to take care of your goodies and keep them fresh (and I know you do) you have to know how. Here’s a go-to guide for goodie greatness:
Cookie Dough: Refrigerate up to three days (in fact, it tastes better if you “age” it at least 24 hours), and freeze up to three months wrapped tightly in a few layers of plastic wrap.
Cookies: Store in air-tight containers at room temperature for 2-3 days. Add a slice of bread to the container to keep the moisture content consistent. Otherwise, freeze for up to three months. Do not refrigerate cookies—it will dry them out!
Brownies: Allow brownies to cool completely before storing on the countertop in an air-tight container. Place a slice of bread inside the container to help the moisture content. Brownies don’t belong in the fridge, but they do freeze beautifully. Wrap cooled, cut brownies in 2-3 layers of plastic wrap, then place in a freezer-safe, air-tight container in the freezer for up to three months.
Cakes: Frosted one-layer cakes can be wrapped tightly and stored on the countertop. Layered cakes can sit on the countertop in a topped cake stand, or under an inverted bowl. If the cake has fluffy frosting, allow a tiny bit of air inside by sticking a teaspoon handle under the rim. Cakes with whipped cream-based frostings should be stored in the fridge. Cakes freeze well, up to six months, when triple-wrapped in plastic wrap. Always thaw cakes at room temperature on the countertop.
Pies: The countertop is the place for pies if you’re enjoying them now. If saving for later, wrap in a plastic bag and freeze up to four months. Keep away from the fridge, which will dry out the crust.
Fudge: Wrap fudge in wax paper, then place in an air-tight container for freshness. Keep in the fridge for up to three weeks, or the freezer for several months. Fudge is also safe on the countertop for several days, but should be kept out of direct sunlight.