We’re now in the start of full swing baking and/or gift giving. One of the most blessed problems I have had the good fortune to stumble upon is receiving too many sweets at once. Now I can’t stand to waste – and even more to through away something that can be used – so I learned long ago the best way to keep the baked goods fresh. Now, this is assuming the high school football team doesn’t live in your house – then I would love to know how much is too much for them.
Here are my tips:
1) For brownies & basic cookies : To keep fresh for up to 5 days, store in an air tight container – it does not need to be in the refrigerator. To save for a rainy occasion farther off, wrap in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag and they will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. To bring them to room temperature just leave them on the counter (It will take anywhere from 30 min – 2hrs, depending on the size and if they have been unwrapped & separated). For the thawed baked goods, they will last in air tight container up to no more than 5 days, and the sooner the fresher the taste.
2) For cakes: For a decorated cake, just enjoy and eat it! Keep in the fridge, and you have 7 days!
3) For nut, fruit, & pumpkin pies : (I am omitting cream pies). Pies will keep, if stored wrapped in the fridge for up to a week. To freeze, first make sure they are at room temperature. Then wrap them really tightly in plastic wrap and squeeze (if they will fit) into a ziploc bag. Otherwise wrap them in freeze paper. When you’re ready to eat pie again, pull them and let them thaw at room temperature until they’re thawed, anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes generally. They will need to be eaten quickly, kept wrapped in the fridge and lasting only up to no more than 5 days, and the sooner the fresher the taste.