After a holiday season, special gatherings or a family dinner, maybe you have a lot of leftover food such as cornbread and you don’t know what to do with them or even you don’t know how to store them in your kitchen because you don’t want to throw them away.
Should you freeze cornbread? Should you just leave it out on the table? How should you store extra cornbread? Storing cornbread can be a pain – but don’t worry, because, in this article, I’ve gathered some tips and proper ways on how to store cornbread in your freezer or pantry in order to extend its shelf life.
What is cornbread?
You can forgive yourself for not knowing what cornbread is, if you’re not an American. Cornbread is considered as one of the traditional American food. Cooking fat, cornmeal, water, and salt are the basic ingredients on making cornbread by the Native Americans.
However, as the 20th century begins, some bakers added sugar to cornbread mainly because sugar became affordable. There are various ways to add cornbread to different recipes such as cornbread stuffing, panzanella, pudding, and so much more.
Proper ways on how to store cornbread
To prolong the cornbread’s shelf life, here some several options that you should know.
For Method #1, here’s what you’ll need
Heavy-duty aluminium foil
This material is necessary for storing cornbread in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer. Wrapping your cornbread with heavy-duty aluminium foil will protect the food from extreme cold in the freezer and prevent it from crumbling or breaking and preserve its moisture as well.
The plastic bag offers convenient and easy-remove packaging. It is a suitable material to use when storing cornbread.
Plastic wrap is an ideal alternative if you don’t have heavy-duty aluminium foil. It is also necessary for storing your cornbread in a freezer, pantry, or refrigerator. It is advisable to opt for BPA-free plastic wrap to protect your food from any harmful chemicals.
For Method #2, here’s what you’ll need
Heavy-duty and durable freezer bag
To avoid freezer burn, a durable freezer bag is necessary for storing your cornbread in the freezer. Freezer burn is usually due trapped air between the food and the plastic that can get into the topmost surface of the food usually appears as bleached white.
Vacuum seal bag
If you don’t have any freezer bag and have a bigger budget, you can also use a good vacuum sealer. It is the best way to protect any delicate foods like cornbread from molds.
Secured and BPA-free container
Storing your cornbread in an airtight and durable container is also an ideal way to prevent air and moisture from coming in. it is advisable to opt for a rectangle sized BPA-free plastic container.
Method #1: Storing in the pantry
One way to ensure and prolong your cornbread’s shelf life is to store it in a dry place like a pantry that has around 20 degrees Celsius temperature.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
You can choose between plastic bags or wrap with available metallic twist ties to secure the openings or a heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Follow these steps based on the packaging of your choice.
Make sure that your pantry is located in a dark and cool place like the pantry and avoid exposure from sunlight or a ceramic bread box to keep its moist for as long as 2 days.
Method #2: Storing in the Refrigerator
Storing your cornbread in a freezer is your best option to prolong the shelf life of your cornbread for months.
Here’s what you’ll need to do:
You can choose between an airtight container, a durable freezer bag or a vacuum sealed bag. In this way, you can protect your cornbread from freezer burns and prolong its shelf life for months as well.
When storing cornbread, it is important to consider these following:
Follow these steps based on the container of your choice.
When you place your cornbread in the freezer, you can prolong its quality for as long as 2-3 months. In addition, refrigerating it can only extend your cornbread’s shelf life for around 2 to 3 days. However, before freezing the cornbread, always make sure that it is completely cool first, you can do this by leaving the extra cornbread on the table for about an hour.
If you’re going to consume the cornbread on the following days, it is advisable to just refrigerate it or leave it in the pantry or a ceramic bread box. Make sure that it is covered with an airtight plastic bag to avoid spoiling.
If your cornbread has these following signs, it probably the best time to throw them out.
Here’s a simple Cornbread recipe from the Experts that you should try right now!
Simple Corn Bread recipe
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Cornbread really is not only a part of traditional American meal but also it can be enjoyed by everyone. The useful steps listed above on how to properly store your extra cornbread will definitely lessen and solved your problem by storing any kinds of delicate foods and extends its shelf life and quality as well.
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