The countertop is the best place to store baked goods for a few days, while the freezer is better for longer-term storage.
Store baked goods at room temperature in sealed bags to prevent them from going stale. Most packaged dry bakery products can be eaten after the best before date. However, if you have a pastry that has higher moisture ingredients, like a fruit or custard cream filling, it’s best to follow the best before date. If mould is present, do not eat.
Can I Freeze It?
Baked goods like bagels, bread and pastries can be frozen. Separate and slice the baked goods before freezing and store them in sealed packaging so you can defrost only what you need later. Bagels and breads can also be toasted directly from frozen.
Fresher For Longer
Once you’ve opened the package, reseal it tightly and store in the freezer if you won’t be eating your baked goods over the next couple days.
Use It Up
If your bread is a bit stale, sprinkle it with water and place in a hot oven at a low temperature for a few minutes to freshen it up. Old bread is also great for making breadcrumbs to coat meats or as a crunchy topping on casseroles. You can also freeze breadcrumbs in a sealed container for later use.
Did You Know?
To prevent cookies and brownies from getting hard, store them in an airtight container. You can also add a slice of soft bread to the container to help keep them moist. The moisture from the bread will regulate the humidity and prevent your treats from drying out.