Whether you're looking for a way to send cookies to your friend for her birthday or simply store sweet treats properly around the house, there are a few factors to consider before packing away these goodies. You might think you know everything there is about storing your food to keep it fresh, but here are a few extra pointers to keep in mind.
Storing Fresh-Baked Goods
There's nothing like pulling a batch of fresh cookies out of the oven. However, bakers have been facing the same dilemma for years - after the first day out of the oven, the cookies simply aren't the same.
If you want to make sure your brownie pops, cookies and cupcakes stay just as fresh as they were when you pulled them out of the oven, allow them to completely cool before storing them in an airtight container. Remember to keep different batches of goodies separate based on texture. TasteOfHome.com states that moist cookies can make crispy cookies soggy and vice-versa.
Another tidbit of information to keep in mind is that it's best to store baked items at room temperature to prevent taste and texture from being altered (unless they have frosting, which can melt).
Saving Your Cookies for Future Occasions
Perhaps you made two dozens of cookies and you don't have a household full of people to eat them - don't worry! You can freeze these delectable treats for up to three months, according TasteOfHome.com. Just keep in mind that some types of cookies freeze better than others - for instance, TLC.com reports that crispy cookies tend to hold up longer than moist ones.
Preparing Your Cookies for a Long Trip
There are a few ways that you can make sure your cookies don't become soggy, hard or broken on the way to their destination, wherever you happen to be mailing them.
First, make sure you use layers of parchment paper in between the cookies. Good Housekeeping Magazine states that the paper will help keep the food fresh in an airtight container. Next, you might want to consider mailing your package in the dish you made your goodies. For example, brownies will likely hold up best if they are kept in the same pan you used to bake them.
Finally, don't forget to label your package as fragile to make sure it doesn't get tossed around in the mail.