Cornbread is a tasty addition to any meal, but since it takes time to make, you might be interested in options to store it. As you can learn from our recent post, there are several ways to store food so that it doesn’t go back. In this article, we will focus on what to do when you need to store leftover cornbread that is still good the next day or even much later.
There are mainly three storage options to consider, in the pantry, in the fridge, or in the freezer. As you can tell from this enumeration, it is possible to freeze cornbread. We’ll get to that after explaining how to follow the necessary steps for the other options available.
Storing cornbread at room temperature, in the pantry
If you have only a little bit of cornbread left, freezing it would be overkill. The most convenient option would be to store it safely so that it can be eaten the next day or so. Bear in mind that this method won’t guarantee that the cornbread won’t go bad after 48 hours.
As described for this method, the room temperature shouldn’t be above 68 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s why the pantry is the ideal place for keeping your cornbread over the next day since this place is a bit cooler. However, to make sure that the cornbread doesn’t go bad, you will have to follow several guidelines and heed these warnings.
– Don’t expect to keep cornbread edible for more than one or two days using this method.
– Ensure that the place where you keep the cornbread is dry and away from sunlight – a pantry is pretty much ideal as it naturally abides by these guidelines.
– Store it in an airtight container. You don’t want any moisture to get inside, which will create the perfect conditions for bacteria to thrive.
– Avoid cutting the cornbread into pieces, as that will cause it to dry excessively. While it doesn’t mean that it goes bad, it could lose its moisture. That will make it less palatable.
– Another way to avoid loss of moisture is to wrap the cornbread in aluminum foil. Using plastic wrap is also an option.
– When you get the cornbread out of the pantry, check for signs of mold and bad smell. If you notice even the smallest signs of its going bad, just throw it away.
Storing cornbread in the fridge, for a longer time
If you prefer to cook a lot of cornbread at the same time and have it good to eat for about a week, a solution is to store it in the fridge. As you can see, that’s a longer lifespan for edible cornbread, compared to the method described earlier. This method is ideal for home cooks who are busy during the week and prefer to cook enough food to last for several days in one go.
Here are some things to bear in mind when you store cornbread in the fridge.
– Don’t store it in this manner longer than a week. Even if this method is more efficient than storing cornbread in the pantry, it cannot do more than that.
– You will notice signs of moisture, no matter how well you wrap the cornbread. That is a natural process, and as long as there’s no mold or other signs of deprecation, you will have nothing to worry about.
– Wrapping the cornbread in transparent plastic sheets is the way to go. You want to keep air moisture away, but the natural moisture of cornbread inside it so that it’s still tasty when you take it out.
– You can store freshly baked cornbread in this manner, but make sure that you allow it to cool off as much as possible before storing it away. The steam that comes off the cornbread will otherwise be responsible for a lot of moisture formation. And this type of moisture can make it go bad faster than usual.
– It is possible to reheat the cornbread if you choose, and it might be even tastier this way. To obtain perfectly edible and palatable cornbread, take it out of the fridge, unwrap it, and place it inside a baking pan with a baking sheet on. Leave it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes.
How to freeze cornbread and keep it stored like this
The answer to the question in the title is simple: yes, you can freeze cornbread, and the great news is that this food is among those that keep very well in the freezer. Actually, it retains its properties for up to three months if you choose to freeze it, which is pretty amazing, and on par with other foods you usually keep in the freezer.
To make sure that your cornbread lasts for months in the freezer, here are the essential things you must bear in mind.
– If you want to store freshly baked cornbread, ensure that plenty of time passes between the time you take it out of the oven and the freezing process. Even if it’s just warm, cornbread frozen in this state will cause some moisture to appear. As you well know, bacteria love moisture, and they will make the cornbread go bad.
– Sealable bags are great for storing cornbread in the freezer. That is a necessary step to avoid freezing burns to appear and also to prevent contamination from other foods you keep there.
– Freezer-safe containers are an excellent solution, and they offer another benefit. To avoid any loss of shape so that the cornbread you will eat later doesn’t only taste great, but it looks great, too.
– When you want to eat it, take it out of the freeze and let it come to room temperature. Let it thaw in its original wrap so that it doesn’t lose any moisture.
– Reheat it using the same method described earlier, after thawing it. Around 10-15 minutes in the oven are enough to make cornbread that was frozen almost as good as freshly baked.
– To thaw the cornbread you kept in the freezer, you can employ several methods. One is to take it out of the freezer and leave it inside the fridge from the evening until the next morning. If you want, you can use your microwave if it has a thawing setting.
What are the signs of cornbread that went bad?
No matter how careful you are when storing cornbread, sometimes it may still go bad. If the electric power goes out during the night, without your knowledge, even the foods in the freezer may suffer. That’s one situation that could make cornbread go bad before the expected expiration date for this storage method.
The crucial thing is that you always pay close attention to any signs of cornbread that went bad. They are easy to recognize, so you should encounter no issues with it. Here are the aspects to pay attention to.
– Search for any signs of mold or discoloration. While food mold is usually green in appearance, whitish spots are the first signs of mold that’s starting to grow. Even the slightest sign of that should trigger the alarm. Throw the cornbread away and cook another if you want to serve it with your meal.
– Another common sign is a sour smell. This sign can’t be ignored. The moment you notice that the cornbread smells this way or any other way that’s not how it should smell, put it in the garbage can because there are no possible ways to make it edible again.
– Sometimes, there are no signs of mold, and there’s no bad smell, either. However, a change in texture is enough to tell you that the cornbread is no longer suitable for human consumption. If it feels soggy to the touch or too moist, it has gone bad without a doubt.
There are situations when cornbread can go stale. That doesn’t mean that it went bad, but, just like stale bread, it might not be very palatable. The best advice is to get rid of it even if it is still safe to eat. Becoming stale is part of the process of going bad, so if left a little more, it will inevitably show signs of mold. Don’t put your health at risk and throw it away if it’s stale.