How to Keep Donuts Fresh
Everybody loves a good donut. With a crisp outer layer, doughy inner and flavored jelly center, it’s hard not to enjoy something that works for everyone. However, very few of us can have an entire box of donuts in one night. That’s why we’ve researched the best way to store donuts and how to keep your donuts fresh overnight. Read on, to learn what we’ve discovered when it comes to how to store donuts.
Do Donuts Go Bad
Most of us will buy donuts and expect to eat them over a few days, so manufacturers know that they need to create food that will last at least a day or two and may add some preservatives to this effect. However, fresh donuts are a little more tricky, and some of the most well-known brands will refuse to sell donuts past a certain point (usually, if it hasn’t sold before closing time, they get thrown away or donated).
Of course, every food has a use-by date and, for baked goods, the lifespan is very short. Freshly baked donuts will only last one or two days when kept at room temperature and with ample access to fresh air which will naturally circulate around your home.
Since oxygen will usually react to the ingredients in the donut, you’ll quickly find your donuts going stale if they’re left out in the open – even if it’s only for a few hours. That’s why knowing how to store your donuts is important, and how you can find a way to enjoy these tasty treats throughout the week.
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How Long Do Donuts Last
As mentioned, donuts that are kept out in the open will only ever last between a few hours and up to two days, depending on whether they are packaged or not. However, if they are placed in the fridge and adequately packaged, they can last up to a week. Finally, if you’re looking to freeze your donuts, then you’ll be pleased to know that they can last up to 3 months. Just be aware that the taste of your donuts may be altered after freezing – especially if you don’t follow our tips, below, to help you maintain the fresh flavor while defrosting.
How To Store Donuts
Most of us know that we can’t devour an entire box of donuts in one sitting, as delicious as they may be, which leads us to letting you know how to keep donuts fresh overnight. If you’re simply after having your donuts the next day, you don’t have to worry about any special measures you may need to take.
All you need to do to keep donuts fresh overnight is place them in an airtight container and keep them in a cool, dry space. You should also be sure to keep them away from direct sunlight, since this can cause your donuts to go stale much faster – as well as ruining any glaze you may have on your donuts. If you don’t have an airtight container, storage bags or even a good level of clingfilm (being careful to leave no gaps in your wrapping) can be used.
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If you have cream-filled donuts, however, you should never store these at room temperature. These will often spoil at a much faster rate than jelly-filled types. The same rules apply for custard and other dairy-based fillings. Instead, you should pop these in the fridge and eat them within 2 days.
Any donuts that are kept in an airtight container and stored in the fridge are able to last for up to 7 days, although you will find that, the sooner you eat them, the better they taste. They can also be stored in sealed bags or be covered with aluminum foil or cling film, although the latter options are less likely to maintain the best freshness.
Can You Freeze Donuts?
Absolutely. In the same way as you would when storing in the fridge, you’ll simply need to cover up your donuts by placing them in a storage bag or airtight container. You can’t use the foil and clingfilm trick to great effect here, so it’s better to only use the airtight options for freezing your donuts. This is because freezer burn is more likely to happen with other options.
If you have the room, a great way to help resist the squishing that goes on in the freezer is to place your donuts on a baking tray, which is lined with baking paper. Freeze this for around 4 hours, until the donuts are hard. Then you can store them in a freezer bag, or vacuum-sealed bag and place them in the tighter spots around your freezer, to save space in the long-term.
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You can keep your donuts in the freezer for up to 3 months. While they are safe for consumption for a while after this date, they will lose their taste and texture after this point. Thus, as with all frozen food, the sooner you’re able to defrost and eat your treat, the better the taste will be.
Tips and Tricks to Keep Donuts Fresh
- Always make sure your food is thoroughly defrosted before eating.
- Be aware that storing your donuts in plastic bags for longer than one or two days will often lead to your donuts becoming a little soggy and unappetizing. Instead, place your baked goods on a little baking sheet and cover them with foil.
- If you’re using a storage bag, always try to squeeze out as much air as possible before storing your donuts. Ideally, use a vacuum sealer in order to give your donuts the longest shelf life.
- After storing, you might find your donuts are a little stale on the outside. To rectify this, you can pop them in the microwave for around 10 seconds. Once finished, you’ll find your donuts are back to being moist and soft again!
- Do not microwave donuts for longer than 10 seconds, as this can burn the sugars in the glaze or jelly and severely impair the flavor.
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