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Old 01-11-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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Refrigeration of Baked Goods

To refrigerate or not to refrigerate. That is the question.

At least in this thread, I’m talking about baked goods.

There is always a difference of opinion regarding refrigeration of baked goods in our home. SO wants to refrigerate everything while I’m more selective. When she bakes, I don’t argue with her and we end up with refrigerator and freezers stuffed to the gills with cookies, muffins, and cakes. Prime example are her anise cookies and pizzelles. I would keep them at room temperature. She won’t.

I see no reason to refrigerate cookies of any kind, assuming they are not sandwiched with ice cream. Also, no chills for cakes with normal frostings, quick breads, muffins, fruit pies and similar.

I do refrigerate any custard-based desserts such as cheesecake, cream pies, lemon meringue, etc.

So I’m asking, what types of baked goods you refrigerate and which you keep at room temperature.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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Pretty much as you do Andy....Generally no refrigeration except for the obvious ones you mention...On rare occasions we will freeze a few brownies, chess squares, cookies etc for short periods of time....
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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Anything dairy based I refrigerate. But not much else. If I make a quick bread that is very moist and the air temp is high I might refridgerate it to slow spoilage. We often can't eat them fast enough to prevent that. I do freeze baked goods. I don't notice a significant difference between the pre-frozen stuff I've baked and the fresh baked. But refridgerating bread and such can make it go stale faster, or so it seems to me.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:05 PM   #4
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Yep, refrigerate dairy based, although that causes me to have to bring to room temp to serve. I did a banana cake w/ cream cheese frosting (OMGosh DELICIOUS, but that's another story) this weekend. After refrigeration the icing was so firm that I had to let it sit out for a while (1-2 hours) to become soft again.

I have had banana bread go moldy because it didn't get eaten quickly enough. Now I try to bake two smaller loaves instead of one giant one and keep one refrigerated or frozen until ready to use.

Choco chip cookies, etc. I keep at room temp.

Fudge gets kept in the fridge. It gets eaten slowly so I like to keep it fresh as long as possible.

Fruit desserts....refrigerate.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #5
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...Fruit desserts....refrigerate.

So you would refrigerate an apple or blueberry pie?
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:17 PM   #6
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If I wanted it to last more than 24 hours, I think I would.

I'll just say that I prefer most of these things at room temp. I would just store them and bring to room temp. to serve. Banana bread and that type of thing I keep out (wrapped, of course) at room temp. if it is just going to be a few days.
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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Andy, I agree with most of what you and others say. However, As Annie mentioned, there are exceptions. Frank Z was asking me awhile back why his lemon bread tasted rancid after a few weeks. I told him because of the moisture in the lemon syrup. Not wanting to eat it cold, I suggested what I do with any moist loaves - slice the loaf and put in fridge or freezer. Just remove the slices you want about 15 minutes before you want to eat it.

You'll find recipes for cookies, cakes and other baked goods telling you to store up to two weeks in a cool dry place, the fridge or freezer. Unless the cookies contain uncooked dairy products, fruit or are extremely moist, you can leave them out of (or in) the cold as you want.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:12 PM   #8
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I'm like your SO Andy....everything baked goes in the fridge.

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But refridgerating bread and such can make it go stale faster, or so it seems to me.
I've found just the opposite to be true JF. For me, if I leave bread out, it's not fit for eating in a couple of days.
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My house is cool now, but in hot summer, baked goods mold quickly. Keep that in mind.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:18 PM   #10
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only put same stuff as andy in the fridg. hardly ever freeze any baked goods. no room in freezer. some things end up in the trash but not often. usually give to guy next door if i can't eat before it goes bad. aslo give to granddaughter. i do freeze bread, store bought or home baked.
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