How To Keep Bakeries Fresh For Longer
Household, Nutrition & Wellness

How To Keep Bakeries Fresh For Longer

Nothing tops waking up to the delightful aroma of fresh bakeries every so often. And while Eid is already over, we’re still left with some lingering holiday kahk and petits fours to munch on. Want to know how to keep your favorite cookies or bakeries fresh for longer? We brought you some fool-proof storage tricks to enjoy having fresh bakeries for as long as possible. Read the coming lines to learn more.

Kahk
Raise your hand if you munched on too much kahk over Eid holidays but still have too much leftovers. Store your leftover kahk in a plastic or tin box. Your kahk pieces are best kept in rows; between each row, add a parchment paper then layer some more kahk. Make sure you cover the box with a firm lid so no air is leaked inside. Kahk is best kept on the counter at room temperature and can last between 2-3 weeks.

Bread
An essential staple in every house, we consume bread on a daily basis and we often have plenty of it at home. In cold weather, bread can be kept on the counter for up to 7 days at room temperature, while in hot weather, it will last for only two days before it develops mold. If your bread is quickly becoming musty and dry, look for ways to repurpose bread into your everyday dishes instead of throwing it away. When not consumed within days, bread is best stored in airtight freezer bags. To store several loaves in the same pack, use parchment paper; that way it’s easier if you need to defrost one loaf only.

Cookies & biscuits
Cookies and biscuits should be kept together in a tightly covered box or jar. This will keep them crisp for 2 weeks. To get fresh, soft, and chewy cookies for a longer time, toss a piece of unflavored white bread into the container. The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread and will remain soft for longer. If you have a variety of flavors, store cookies or biscuits of the same flavor into one jar or box to avoid different tastes and flavors seeping into one another. Make sure the jar or box you’re using is completely airtight and sealed. Leaked air causes cookies to soften and lose their crunchiness. If you have an extra unbaked batch of cookies or want to store baked ones for longer, cover them with baking sheets or parchment paper, lock them in a zip freezer bag, and store them into the freezer. Frozen cookies can last for up to 2-3 months.

Cakes
Cakes are best eaten on the same day to enjoy their moisture and oven-baked freshness with your coffee or tea; but that doesn’t mean we can’t store some more for later. Keep your cakes in an airtight box or a covered stand. They can last for 2-3 days. If you want to store the cake for more than a week, keep it in an airtight plastic bag or container then store it in the freezer.


Baking Tip: Baked goodies should be left to cool on a cooling rack to let all the excess heat come out. During this process, bakeries should be left without being covered – unless it’s a cake that you want to keep soft and moist. When your bakeries cool off, you can then transfer them to their storage containers.

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