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Brownies are bar cookies and not considered to be cake. They are typically eaten by hand, often accompanied by milk, served warm with ice cream (a la mode), topped with whipped cream, or sprinkled with powdered sugar and fudge.
Typically brownies are mixed and then poured into a 9×13 glass or metal pan. They are baked and then served either warm or cold.
What do you do if you need to bake brownies and save them for another day, or if you have baked too many and need to store the brownies to eat at a later time?
You will need to know how to store the brownies so they are the freshest possible at the time in the future when you need to serve them.
Short term brownie storage should be done in an airtight container at room temperature. Long term brownie storage can be done in the freezer but again they need to be wrapped so they are airtight.
There are several ways to store brownies and there are several things to consider when you are thinking of storing brownies.
First, decide how long you will keep the brownies in storage. This is essential so that your brownies will still be delicious when you unpack them.
You can store cut brownie squares in an airtight container at room temperature. If you are using this method to store the brownies, they are best eaten within 1 to 2 days.
You may want to place wax paper or aluminum foil in the bottom of your baking pan to make the transfer to your airtight container a little less messy.
Depending on the container in which you store your brownies, you may need to layer the brownies. If so, you can place parchment paper between the layers to protect the brownies from sticking to each other. Make sure your container is sealed tightly.
If you need to retain the freshness of your brownies for a little longer than 1 to 2 days you can place your brownies in the freezer. A whole pan of brownies, uncut and well wrapped will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
For this method of storing, you will need to wrap your brownies in plastic wrap, followed by wrapping them in aluminum foil. The edges of the plastic wrap need to be sealed or wrapped tightly around the brownies so no air can reach the brownies.
After wrapping the brownies in plastic wrap, you will need to wrap the plastic wrapped brownies in aluminum foil. The aluminum foil will prevent freezer burn.
If you only need to remove one brownie at a time over the course of several days, you could use this method but individually wrap each brownie after cutting. You would follow the same steps and individually wrap each brownie with plastic wrap followed by aluminum foil.
To add another layer of protection to these individually frozen wrapped brownies, you could also place them in an airtight container.
No matter how you plan your brownies to be stored, make sure to keep the air out from the container. Brownies will remain fresh if you can wrap them tightly with no chance of air to penetrate them.
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Ways To Keep Your Brownies Fresh
Presence of air is the most common enemy for baked goodies like brownies. Therefore, to prevent air from damaging your brownies, make sure to place them in a container where no air has the chance of getting in.
Another way to keep brownies fresh is to cover them with chocolate. More chocolate is always a great idea!
This method will require you to prepare melted chocolate, and then dip your brownies in it.
Covering them completely will help you preserve the freshness. Covering the brownies with chocolate will work just as well as placing them in an airtight covering, and will prevent air from getting in.
Your brownies will be well preserved. A bit of melted chocolate covering your brownies is also another great way of enhancing the way it tastes!
There is a bit of magic you need to know about storing brownies flawlessly!
Place your brownies in a container, but before you seal the lid place a piece of bread on the top of your brownies in the container. By placing a piece of sliced bread on top of the brownies, the moisture from the bread will help keep the brownies fresh and soft.
You will find after a few days the bread will be dried out and your brownies will still be moist and fresh.
If it’s been several days and you notice that the brownies are drying out, replace the dried bread with another piece of fresh bread in the top of the container.
Placing the brownies inside the refrigerator is also another way to preserve them.
However, again make sure to wrap the brownies first before you place them inside the fridge. You will want to ensure that other food smells do not penetrate the flavor of your brownies.
If you wrap them well, you can be sure that your brownies will stay fresh in the refrigerator, even up to two weeks. Wrap the brownies tightly in plastic wrap so no air will penetrate the brownies.
Placing them in a ziploc baggie after wrapping them in plastic wrap would give them even another layer of protection.
Brownies can even be stored in glass jars. You will only be able to fit a few in a glass jar, but if you wrap them in plastic wrap and then seal them in an airtight jar, they will last for several weeks. People have also been known to put a few brownies in an airtight jar and then decorate the jar with ribbon or raffia and then give the brownies as a gift to friends and family.
If the brownies are in an airtight jar, the friends and family could keep them for several days until they are ready to eat them.
When it comes to economically storing brownies, using ziploc bags is a great choice. If you are able to press all the air out of the bag, the ziploc bags will help you keep the moisture in the brownies and will prevent the brownies from drying out.
This is probably the most inexpensive option that you could try. If you have a tight budget and the airtight plastic container, glass jar or multiple layers of plastic wrap and aluminum foil seem a little out of your reach, then a box of Ziploc bags is worth an investment.