Did you make more cornbread that you and your family can handle? As delicious as it is, it’s not uncommon to go overboard and be stuck with leftovers.
Before you turn to the trash bin, consider storing the extra cornbread for later. You have several great storage options, which we’ll go over in this article.
Wrap the Cornbread
Wrapping the cornbread is the most important thing to do when you’re storing it. You don’t want to just leave it out on the counter.
It’ll get stale and go bad faster if it’s exposed to the air. To keep this from happening, it’s best to wrap it up using either aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Either wrapping option will work just fine as long as you have enough of it. Be sure to cover the cornbread entirely and wrap it tightly.
Most people recommend wrapping it twice. This helps to ensure that air or moisture won’t get through.
When you’re finished, place the wrapped cornbread in a plastic bag if you have one. Do your best to eliminate the air from the bag before sealing it.
Where Should You Put the Cornbread?
You know that the cornbread should be wrapped to get the best results, but where should you put it? Is it fine to leave it on the counter or should you store it somewhere else?
Many people choose to store cornbread in their pantry cupboards, and a pantry cupboard or a bread box will work just fine.
You want to keep the cornbread somewhere that’s dry and dark. This will keep the bread fresh for longer than simply leaving it on the counter.
If you store wrapped cornbread in this fashion, it should stay good for several days.
Just do your best to eat it as soon as you can so it doesn’t go to waste. Ideally, you’ll want to eat it the next day with your dinner.
Storing Cornbread in the Refrigerator
Storing cornbread in the refrigerator is another common choice. This has the potential to extend the life of it a bit longer compared to just putting it in the pantry.
You still need to wrap it in the same way as you would when storing it in the pantry. Ensure that it’s wrapped properly with plastic or aluminum foil.
Then you can place it in a plastic food storage bag that will protect it. Next, you just need to find an appropriate location for the bread in the refrigerator.
Try to put it somewhere safe where it won’t get squished. If you do things right, the cornbread should stay good for up to one week in the fridge.
If you don’t know that you’ll be able to eat the cornbread in the next day or two, it’s better to put it in the fridge. This gives you longer to eat all of it without having to worry about it going bad.
Can You Freeze Cornbread?
Yes, you can freeze cornbread if you want to. This is a better option when you don’t know when you’re going to want to eat the leftovers.
To start, you’ll simply wrap the cornbread in plastic or aluminum foil. When you’re finished, it’ll be necessary to find a freezer-safe plastic bag.
Otherwise, you could put it in an airtight plastic container that is freezer-safe. You need to do this to prevent it from getting freezer burn.
Freezer burn ruins the texture and taste of cornbread. You won’t want to eat it if it winds up getting freezer burn.
One thing to keep in mind when storing cornbread in the freezer is that you must keep it in a single layer. Multiple layers will just end up sticking together, and the crust will be ruined.
Stored properly under optimal conditions, cornbread should last for up to three months in the freezer. It’s wise to write the date somewhere on the wrap or storage container so you’ll know when you put it in the freezer.
You’ll simply have to make an effort to eat it before three months have passed. It should be easy enough to find an opportunity to thaw and eat the frozen cornbread in that amount of time.
How to Store Cornbread for Dressing
What if you’re planning to make cornbread for dressing? It’s fine to make it ahead of time, but you don’t want to make it too far in advance.
Ideally, you should make the cornbread two days before you plan to make stuffing. This makes it easy to store it until it’s time to make the dressing.
When your cornbread has cooled, wrap it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic. Ensure that it’s completely covered and then leave it on the counter.
You can also put it in the pantry if you have room. It should be fine for two days or slightly longer if you’ve done a good job wrapping it.
Don’t make cornbread for the dressing a week in advance. You don’t want to have to refrigerate the dressing and take up room in your fridge unnecessarily.
How Long Does Cornbread Last?
How long cornbread will last depends on your chosen storage method. As mentioned earlier, you have three basic options for storing it.
You can store it in your pantry or in a breadbox. It’s also possible to put it in a refrigerator to make it stay good a bit longer.
Freezing the cornbread makes it stay good for the longest period of time. The method you should choose depends on your desired results.
If you store it in the pantry after it has been wrapped using aluminum foil, it’ll stay good for up to three days. The trick is to keep it away from light while also keeping it dry.
Storing the cornbread in the refrigerator will allow it to last for up to a week. If you need a bit more time than just two or three days, store it in the fridge so you can try to eat it before the week is up.
Freezing it allows it to last for up to three months. You’ll need to use a freezer-safe bag or an airtight, freezer-safe container, though.
Choose the method that allows you to eat the leftover cornbread before it goes bad. In some cases, it won’t even be necessary to refrigerate it since you’ll finish it the next day.
How Long Is Homemade Cornbread Good For?
Cornbread will stay good for up to three days if it’s placed in the pantry after being covered in aluminum foil. This method is best for when you plan to eat it soon.
It can last for as long as a week when stored properly in a refrigerator. This gives you more time to finish it, but you’ll need to keep it in an airtight plastic bag to avoid issues with moisture.
Cornbread will stay good for up to three months in the freezer. Use this method if you don’t know when you’ll want to eat it again.
Just remember to use freezer-safe bags or airtight containers that can be put in the freezer safely if you want to freeze the cornbread. As long as you’re making appropriate choices, it’ll be easy to eat it before it gets stale.
How Long Do Cornbread Muffins Last?
Cornbread muffins aren’t really any different from standard cornbread. They’re simply made in muffin tins and take the form of muffins.
As such, the storage method for the muffins will be the same. You can store them in either the pantry, the refrigerator, or the freezer.
Depending on your chosen storage method, the muffins will last for either a few days or up to three months. They should stay good in the pantry for two or three days as long as they’ve been wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
They’ll last for up to a week in the fridge when you’ve taken the time to wrap them and put them in an airtight plastic bag. You need to do this to keep moisture out.
In the freezer, they’ll stay good for as long as three months. Just don’t stack the muffins because they will stick together if you don’t keep them in a single layer.
You’ll have to lay them out in a single layer in some type of airtight freezer-safe container. This is the best way to store them in the freezer.
Don’t Cut Cornbread Into Pieces When Storing It
You should avoid cutting cornbread into pieces when you plan on storing it. If you think that cutting it into serving sizes will be more convenient, it’s best to know that this isn’t going to help.
As long as you have enough space to store the cornbread in large pieces, it’s going to be best to do so. It will have a reduced surface area when stored in this manner.
This makes it less likely that it will start to spoil. It’ll also not dry out nearly as quickly.
It’s fine if you’ve cut into the cornbread a bit before storing it. Just store it in the largest pieces that you can to get the best results.
Moisture Can Ruin Cornbread
When moisture comes into contact with cornbread, it’s going to make it go bad fast. This can be a real problem when you’re not using plastic or aluminum foil to protect the bread.
Too much moisture will eventually cause mold to form on the bread. If you see mold, it’s important to throw it away as soon as possible.
You don’t want to eat moldy cornbread because it’s not good for you. Even if it won’t significantly harm you, it could upset your stomach or worse.
Harmful bacteria can form on the cornbread when it’s exposed to moisture, too. As such, it makes sense to throw it out.
You might notice that it’ll smell bad if it has been exposed to moisture. When you notice a bad smell, that’s another sign that it’s necessary to throw it out immediately.
Tips for Thawing Cornbread
After freezing it, you’re going to have to let it thaw before you eat it. The best method involves thawing the it slowly on a counter.
Simply set the container on the counter and let it thaw naturally. Keep the aluminum foil or plastic on the cornbread while it thaws.
It’s also fine to let the cornbread thaw in the fridge. The process will go faster on the counter, though.
Eventually, it should be completely defrosted. When it’s defrosted, you can remove the wrapping.
Now that you’ve learned how to store cornbread, it should be easy to get good results. The most important thing is to protect it from moisture and oxygen.
You want to try to keep it good for as long as you can. Wrapping it up using aluminum foil or plastic will allow you to get good results.
Place the cornbread in your pantry cupboard or a breadbox, and it’ll stay good for several days. You can make it stay good longer by putting it in an airtight plastic bag and placing it in the refrigerator.
Cornbread should last for a week in the fridge when you store it properly. If you need to store it longer than that, freezing is the best option.
Be sure to pick whatever option makes the most sense for you. You’ll surely be able to eat it without allowing any to go to waste.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.