Donuts that have just come out of the oven are delicious, but we are not always able to eat them shortly after preparation. Sometimes we buy more than we can eat or have to buy for several people at some event and have to spare. Since donuts have butter, fat and sugar in the recipe, they spoil or get old easily. If you store them properly whether at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer, you can eat snack donuts for several weeks after you buy or bake. See below how to save them!
Method 1 of 3: At room temperature
Step 1. Put in plastic bags or airtight containers
Donuts that have just been baked can be left at room temperature for a day or two.
If they have a creamy filling, put them in the fridge so the filling doesn't go bad
Step 2. Close the plastic bag or container
Make sure the plastic bag or pot is tightly sealed or the donuts will age.
If using a plastic bag, get as much air as you can without damaging the donut cover before closing
Step 3. Store the donuts in a cool, dry place
Fresh donuts last longer if you keep them out of direct sunlight. The light not only helps to age the donuts, it also melts their icing.
Step 4. Microwave the donuts for five seconds before eating
When you eat the donuts, place them on a plate and microwave for a few seconds. This will soften them a little, make them warmer and bring more moisture to the dough.
Since they were out of the fridge, don't put too much time in the microwave. Their frosting can melt and the dough can even get hard if it gets too hot
Method 2 of 3: Putting in the Refrigerator
Step 1. Put the donuts in a plastic bag or an airtight pot
Make sure the bag or pot is tightly sealed. If you let air inside them, the donuts will age faster.
Step 2. Place the package in the refrigerator
Donuts made that same day will last a week in the refrigerator before aging.
If you keep donuts that have icing in the fridge, the icing will run out, and if it's caramelised, it can be absorbed into the dough. If you're bothered by these things, eat these donuts first
Step 3. Microwave the chilled donuts for 15 seconds at a time
The microwave helps to give more moisture to the dough and invigorate it. If the donut is coated, it may melt a little.
Be careful if the donuts have some cream or jelly inside, as the filling will be hot
Method 3 of 3: Freezing Uncoated Donuts
Step 1. Place the donuts in an airtight container lined with baking paper
The paper prevents the donuts from freezing together. If, for example, you only want to take one, it will be easier to separate them without having to unfreeze the whole pot.
Smooth, powder-coated donuts freeze better. Toppings tend to melt and become sticky when defrosted
Step 2. Place the pot inside a zip-lock plastic bag made for freezing food and seal it
The plastic bag prevents the formation of ice inside the pot or donuts.
Step 3. Store the donuts in the freezer
If stored properly, the donuts last two to three months in the freezer. It's still possible to eat the donuts after a few weeks of this deadline, but they won't be as fresh anymore.
Step 4. Leave the donuts uncovered in the sink or on the counter for 15 minutes to thaw
Do not cover! If you do this, it will trap moisture in the can and make the donuts soft.
Step 5. Defrost in microwave for 15 seconds at a time
The microwave not only defrosts the doughnuts but also returns moisture to the dough.