I make homemade muffins probably once a week. My kids love them for an afternoon snack, and my husband takes them to work to eat in the morning. They can feel like a treat but be wholesome at the same time. They are perfect for adding any type of fruit or vegetable that is in season such as carrots, zucchini, pumpkin or apples. Plus, a store-bought muffin will never add up to a homemade one, and you can control the amount of sugar and type of oil you use. Muffins should be on regular rotation in your house too (here’s a good place to start!).
That said, if I go through the trouble to make a dozen muffins, I want them to last at least a few days and still taste as good as the day they came out of the oven. I have spent more time and energy on this problem than you would believe. I have wandered kitchen stores endlessly. I have Googled “how to keep homemade muffins fresh” multiple times and have found no good answers. I have scoured Amazon reviews for help. You wouldn’t believe the amount of times I read “Store, covered.” after a muffin recipe. Covered in what, exactly? I cannot be the only one with this problem.
Lots of websites or articles will tell you to put the muffins in a Tupperware container or a Ziploc bag, but I think this is a terrible idea. First off, I don’t really use much plastic in the kitchen and if you zip a moist baked good up airtight, you will wake up to condensation on your bag and all over your muffins, which will in turn make them go moldy. So what do most people do? Stick them in the refrigerator. If you put muffins in the refrigerator, they get gummy and the texture suffers greatly.
After hours (I’m serious) of research, I have found the solution. Here it is:
A metal breadbox with ventilation holes in the back. I read reviews on lots of different breadboxes, but I went with this one because 1) I like the sturdy stainless steel it is made out of; 2) the ventilation holes in the back really do work; and 3) it’s fairly inexpensive.
I also like the retro look of the design, but be aware that this breadbox is quite large. Probably double the size of the standard breadbox that sits out on your grandma’s counter. Therefore, I keep it on the bottom shelf of my kitchen island, so it is out of the way, plus the kids can run by and steal a muffin if they want to. If you were planning to keep this out on your counter top, I hope you have serious extra counter top space to spare (said no one ever). I initially thought I would send it back for this exact reason, but now I love that I can store a dozen muffins in here with room to spare.
I have never actually tried storing grocery store bread in this breadbox yet, since I keep all of my bread in the freezer, but I have stored half a loaf of leftover sourdough here and there with great results. I think it would work really well for regular bread also, as well as bagels, cookies, or other baked goods.
I don’t particularly like the words “Culinary Couture” on the front, but I’m willing to overlook this flaw because of all the other positives. At least it doesn’t scream “BREAD” across the front like so many other breadboxes you see.
Just as a test, I put a batch of banana muffins in this box, closed the lid, and left them to see how long they would stay fresh. It wasn’t until day 5 that they started to go off. This is much longer than any other container I’ve tried without using refrigeration or freezing. If you eat your muffins slowly, I would definitely put them in the freezer and take them out as needed.
There you have it! Hopefully if you were losing sleep over this problem too, you can rest easy tonight. 🙂 Happy baking.