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 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 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 one of the traditional American food. Cooking fat, cornmeal, water, and salt are the basic ingredients for making cornbread by the Native Americans.
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However, as the 20th century began, 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.
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 with around 20 degrees Celsius temperature.
What you will 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.
- Plastic bags: The plastic bag offers convenient and easy-remove packaging. It is a suitable material to use when storing cornbread.
- Plastic wrap: 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.
- Metallic Twist Ties. To securely bind the opening when you’re using a plastic bag, you can use a metallic twist ties that can be used to twist and untwist the openings. String, thread, and ribbon can be also an alternative if you don’t have metallic twist ties.
- Breadbox. Breadbox is another alternative to extend the freshness of your cornbread if you can’t find a dry place in your kitchen. You can get a bread box in your local kitchen appliance store, but it is advisable to opt for ceramic bread box mainly because it will protect your cornbread from negative effects of dry air and retain its moisture as well.
Step 1: Choose the best and suited type of packaging that you should use.
You can choose between plastic bags or wrap with available metallic twist ties to secure the openings or a heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Step 2: With the chosen packaging, cover the cornbread tightly.
Follow these steps based on the packaging of your choice.
- For heavy-duty aluminum foil: First, ready the aluminum foil and place it on a flat surface and using a good and durable knife put the sliced cornbread on the top of it. Start covering the cornbread and finally, to make sure the cornbread is completely covered, pinch both ends of the foil.
- For Plastic Wraps: First, make sure that every piece of your cornbread is covered with the plastic wrap. As you notice, the top of the plastic wrap has a smooth and clean appearance, make sure that the open ends should meet your cornbread. To completely cover the cornbread, just fold both the sides and the ends of the plastic wrap, in this way, you can ensure that no air can exist between the cornbread and the plastic wrap.
- For Plastic Bags: Just simply insert your cornbread inside the plastic bag, and tightly close the bag’s opening with the use of a metallic twist tie.
Step 3: Place your covered cornbread in the bread box or the pantry.
Ensure 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 it moist for as long as two 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.
What you will 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.
Step 1: Choose the best and suited type of container that you should use.
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 the following:
- A durable freezer bag will protect your cornbread from getting freezer burns but you have to manually suck the air out from the plastic bag.
- The airtight container might take too much space in your refrigerator or freezer.
- Vacuum sealed bag uses vacuum seal system which is expensive but it is the best way to prevent moisture and air from coming into to your cornbread.
Step 2: With the chosen container, place the cornbread inside the container and close tightly.
Follow these steps based on the container of your choice.
- For airtight container: Put your cornbread inside the container and arrange every piece of the cornbread into a single layer. To ensure that all the pieces are frozen evenly, avoid stacking the container with too much cornbread.
- For heavy-duty freezer bag: Put your cornbread inside the freezer bag. Then, in order to completely draw the air out from the freezer bag, leave a little space before finally sealing the bag.
- For vacuum seal bag: Put your cornbread inside the bag. Then, with the use of the vacuum sealer, place the bag near the sealing slot of the vacuum sealer machine. Finally, press the seal button. In this way, the bag will shrink and remove all the air out.
When should you freeze cornbread?
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.
When should you NOT freeze cornbread?
If you’re going to consume the cornbread on the following days, it is advisable to 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.
What are the signs of spoiled cornbread?
If your cornbread has the following signs, it is probably the best time to throw them out.
- Molds. If you spot molds in your cornbread, usually comes in dark green spots, you should never consume it!
- Moisture. One way to check if your cornbread has gone rancid is if it becomes stickier than usual due to moisture.
- Smell. If you noticed a strong or subtle sour smell, your cornbread is spoiled.
Here’s a simple Cornbread recipe from the Experts that you should try right now!
Simple Corn Bread recipe
- 1 large eggs
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil or olive oil
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup of milk
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt to taste
- 3 ½ teaspoon of baking powder
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Cornbread is a part of a traditional American meal and can be enjoyed by everyone. The practical steps listed above on properly storing your extra cornbread will lessen and solve your problem by storing any kinds of delicate foods and extending their shelf life and quality.
If you have your way to store your cornbread, let us know what you think below the comment section.