We always buy donuts in dozens, don’t we? Nobody has ever bought a single donut. If you have, then please tell me why you were reading this article when you got nothing to store. You’re not a true donut lover! But if you are one, then you need to know how to store donuts. Can you freeze donuts?
Donuts tend to become icky and hard within 2-3 days, don’t they? But this only happens when you don’t store them properly. So if you have this question in mind, “Should donuts be refrigerated?” then please continue reading.
You can refrigerate and freeze donuts, so there’s your answer. But that’s not all. You need to know more about refrigerating and freezing them. So let’s find out!
How To Store Donuts?
If the world were a perfect place, donuts would be like vegetables. The more veggies you include in your DAILY diet, the healthier you become. This means no weight gain either, right? But the world like that does not exist. Who ever thought that a circle would taste so delicious!
Donuts are a treat that is hard to keep away from. And even more so when they’re freshly baked. Imagine stopping by Krispy Kreme and buying only a single donut. Obviously, that does sound like a healthier choice. But when it comes to donuts, nobody cares. So you leave the place with a dozen donuts at the least.
You take them home and devour only 2-3 of them. What about the rest? Well, you can easily store them to savor the sweetness the next day or the day after that. But how? Here’s the answer.
How To Store Donuts At Room Temperature?
Donuts can be kept at room temperature only if you’re going to eat them in a few hours. But if you want to store them at room temperature so you can consume them after a few days, then that’s possible too.
But here’s how you should go about it. Wrap the donuts in Ziploc bags, foil, or plastic wrap. The goal is to cover them completely. This helps in retaining the freshness for as long as two days. So here’s your answer to how long do donuts last unrefrigerated.
How To Store Donuts In The Freezer?
Did you know that you can freeze donuts for three whole months? Isn’t that awesome? No more throwing them out after a week. But how to freeze donuts? Wrap them up with the help of plastic wrap, Ziploc bags, or foil. Do your best to prevent air from coming in direct contact with the donuts during storage.
Now I’m going to answer some the most frequently asked questions about this particular topic.
How Long Do Donuts Stay Fresh?
Like we’ve already discussed earlier, donuts at room temperature stay fresh for not more than two days. In the fridge, the number of days increases to 5. On the other hand, in the freezer, donuts can maintain their edible quality for as long as three months.
What Does A Bad/Spoiled Donut Look Like?
If your donuts are no longer in the prime of their life, then they will start to smell and look bad. Donuts with a pungent odor or molds on them are not safe to consume. This applies to all kinds of foods, doesn’t it? Failing to do so might give rise to food poisoning.
So it’s better to eat fresh food, isn’t it? But this doesn’t mean that donuts cannot retain their freshness when kept in the refrigerator or freezer.
Now, here’s something that you need to know. How to keep cream filled donuts fresh? Place them in the fridge or freezer, and avoid storing them at room temperature. On the other hand, the non-filled ones tend to stay fresh for at least two days at room temperature.
How To Thaw Frozen Donuts?
If you want your frosted donut to achieve its original texture, then proper thawing is essential. So let’s talk about that for a minute.
- Unwrap the frozen donut before wrapping it again, but in the sandwich bag this time. Store this at room temperature.
- Let it thaw for at least an hour.
- Then place the delicious donut in your microwave oven. Heat it for not more than 15 seconds.
- You can add some powdered sugar or icing on top of the finished result.
If you’re thawing many donuts, then don’t place them in the microwave all at once. You need to heat them one at a time.
That’s About It
Storing donuts to devour them later is not such a difficult task now, is it? So the next time you’re at Krispy Kreme, don’t hold back as long as you have a fridge or freezer. I was quite surprised myself to find out that donuts remain fresh in the freezer for as long as three months. That was news to me too!
So what’s your take about storing donuts for a long time? Have you every stored them in your freezer for these many months? I hope the article was useful to you. And most importantly, I hope it helped in answering all your questions.
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Jen Lin-Liu is the founder of Black Sesame Kitchen. A Chinese-American writer and a nationally certified Chinese chef in Beijing. Jen is the author of two memoirs, Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China and On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta.