Learn How to Store Muffins the right way! Here’s everything you need to know about keeping your homemade muffins fresh for days, weeks, or months.
Table of Contents
- How to Store Muffins First 24 Hours
- How to Store Muffins for Up to 4 Days
- Why Do You Use Paper Towels?
- Can I Store Muffins in the Fridge?
- Can I Freeze Muffins?
- How to Defrost Muffins
- Top 7 Tips for Storing Muffins
- Reader Favorite Muffin Recipes to Try
- Easy Muffins for Beginners
- How to Store Muffins Recipe
To save time and money I’ll almost always make a double batch of healthy muffins, that way we can enjoy some fresh and store the rest for later because we all know they make the easiest breakfast or on-the-go snack!
But how long do muffins last? If stored correctly they’ll stay moist and flavorful for up to 3 months.
How to Store Muffins First 24 Hours
If you know the entire batch of muffins will be gobbled up in the first 24 hours, then storing muffins is easy.
Bake and let them cool completely on a wire rack. Then all you’ll need to do is cover them with a clean kitchen towel, that’s it! They’ll keep fresh at room temperature without drying out, even overnight.
Pictured are apple cinnamon muffins and pumpkin cream cheese muffins (coming soon).
How to Store Muffins for Up to 4 Days
Here’s a quick overview of how to store muffins for up to 4 days. Want a hint? The secret is paper towel.
- Cool: Let your muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Storing them when they have even a little bit of warmth will result in soggy muffins.
- Line an airtight container: Grab a large plastic container and layer the bottom with paper towel, I find one large paper towel folded in half works great.
- Add muffins: Place muffins on top the paper towel in a single layer, then add another layer of paper towel on top. Don’t skip the additional layer! This will help absorb moisture from all sides.
- Store: Seal with airtight lid and store on a counter at room temperature for up to 4 days.
Why Do You Use Paper Towels?
The best way to store muffins is at room temperature, and paper towel is the key to peak freshness.
As muffins age, any moisture that forms will travel to the surface making them unpleasantly soggy. The paper towel acts like a sponge to soak up that moisture.
Another neat trick for removing moisture is using saltine crackers, just stick a few in the container.
Can I Store Muffins in the Fridge?
Also many muffins made with almond flour, or any other nut flour, gluten free muffins have a lot of moisture. So do heavy on pumpkin puree muffins like healthy pumpkin muffins with cream cheese or any other heavy loaded fruit muffins like healthy apple muffins.
So I would say these types of muffins would benefit from refrigeration for 2 more days after initial 24 hour storage on a countertop. Then freeze after that.
Can I Freeze Muffins?
Yes! Here’s how to store muffins in the freezer and lock in flavor for up to 3 months. Also be sure to check out our full post how to freeze muffins for more tips and tricks.
Storing in a Ziploc bag is the easiest method.
In a single layer, set your muffins inside and suck out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn, I find using a straw helps. Seal the bag and set flat in the freezer.
You can also wrap each muffin in plastic wrap individually and then place in a bag.
How to Defrost Muffins
When you’re ready to enjoy a healthy treat grab a frozen muffin and let it thaw at room temperature.
Alternatively, place unwrapped muffin on paper towel and microwave, 20-30 seconds is perfect.
Top 7 Tips for Storing Muffins
- Cool in a muffin tin for 5-10 minutes: That initial 5-10 minutes in the pan allows them to cool slightly and keep their structure, but any longer in the hot pan and you run the risk of overbaked, dry muffins.
- Cool them completely: Make sure to cool muffins completely on a wire rack before storing in a container, the condensation will collect if they aren’t fully cooled.
- First 24 hours: Most muffins keep well covered with a kitchen towel on the counter for the first day.
- All muffins differ: Read your healthy muffin recipe carefully, some muffins need refrigeration after 24 hours or they get moldy fast.
- Humidity where you live matters: By the ocean, at sea level is less dry for me. If you live in the mountains or prairies, it is more dry. Any moisture from the air can make your muffins soggy but storing them in an airtight container will help.
- Replace paper towels: Check on the paper towels, if they get soggy after a day or two replace them for optimal freshness.
- Summer vs. winter: In the summer it’s more hot and more humid in most places, therefore you might have to freeze muffins sooner. Keep an eye on your muffins and watch out for signs of mold.
Leave them in the pan for 5-10 minutes at the most, otherwise they will overbake.
Muffins will stay fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature, freeze after that to keep them fresh longer.
If muffins get a bit stale, sprinkle them with water, place in a brown bag, and bake in preheated oven set to 350 F for 30 seconds.
Let them cool completely so there is no moisture and condensation built up in the container.
Reader Favorite Muffin Recipes to Try
- Almond flour banana muffins
- Healthy banana muffins
- Healthy carrot muffins
- Healthy zucchini muffins
- Healthy blueberry muffins
- Healthy banana zucchini muffins
Easy Muffins for Beginners
- Lemon muffins
- Healthy chocolate chip muffins
- Healthy banana chocolate chip muffins
- Almond flour yogurt muffins
- Chocolate zucchini muffins
- Oat flour banana muffins
How to Store Muffins
- 1-12 muffins
- Bake muffins as per recipe and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
- For the first 24 hours, just cover them with clean kitchen towel and store on a counter.
- To store muffins for another 2-3 days, line large container with a lid with double folded paper towel. Place as many muffins on top as you can fit comfortably covering with another double folded paper towel sheet.
- Place lid on top and store on a counter for 2-3 more days.
- After transfer any leftover muffins into the freezer.