How Long Does Cornbread Last? Does it Go Bad?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve finished dinner and you still have half a pan of freshly baked cornbread? You may like to store it for later use but aren’t sure about the best way you can do so.
Or you have leftover cornbread that has been in storage for a few days, but you don’t know how to identify the signs of when it starts becoming bad. You don’t want to end up serving your family with spoiled food.
Either way, you’ll have to find a fast premier on shelf life, storage and how cornbread can go bad. If that’s the case, this article will help you with the situation so make sure you continue reading it.
How To Store Cornbread
We all want our cornbread to remain fluffy and not become dried out. This means regardless of where it is stored, it has to be wrapped and sealed properly. Here are some of the ways you can go about it;
- Wrap the cornbread in either aluminum foil or plastic wrap
- Place it into a freezer bag that is resealable
- Then put it in an airtight bread box, food container or a cake carrier
For the best results, use the first option. Since there will be no additional air in the cornbread, it won’t dry out easily. We recommend that you use something reusable and friendly to the environment, like what options two and three suggest.
Now let’s discuss about whether or not one needs to put cornbread in the refrigerator. If your cornbread is only for short term use, you can store it in room temperature. However, ensure that it is kept away from any heat sources and sunlight and it’ll be good to go. If you want it to stay for a longer time (i.e., the amount you baked is enough to stay for a few extra days), then you can refrigerate it. Either way, don’t forget to wrap it or seal it properly first.
How To Freeze Cornbread
If your family doesn’t really love cornbread or you want to bake some beforehand, then freezing it is the best way to go. Also, the entire process is very similar to that of regular bread. You can do it as follows:
- If you find yourself with a lot of leftover cornbread than required for one meal, its best to portion it. Also, smaller portions can easily fit in the freezer. If you happen to bake two or more cast iron pans or baking dishes of cornbread, definitely cut them into even portions.
- Wrap each portion. You can either use freezer bags or aluminum foil. If you decide to use freezer bags, make sure that you’ve removed all the air before sealing them. If you intend to store your cornbread in the freezer for a long time, double wrap it so that it is protected from getting freezer burn.
- (Optional) Put the portioned cornbread in to airtight containers. If you want your cornbread to maintain its form and shape, then store it in a container. This way, it will not be deformed by the other food products in the freezer.
- Remove everything else in the freezer.
Cornbread can maintain its original quality for several months when stored in the freezer. When you want to defrost your cornbread, transfer the amount you intend to use from the fridge and leave it on the counter overnight. It will be perfectly ready for heating in the morning.
How Long Does Cornbread Last?
Freshly baked cornbread (traditional) will maintain its quality for at least two days when stored at room temperature, and up to one week when kept in the fridge. If you want to store it for longer, try freezing it.
On the other hand, if you used a much fancier recipe that includes cheese, veggies or other perishable products, the best way to store it is in the fridge for 5 to 7 days. If you’re not sure about how to store it, refer to the recipe you used. To be on the safe side, you can just freeze the cornbread for a few days.
Of course, these are just estimated periods, and you can easily manage to keep your cornbread at room temperature for a longer time. However, if you decide to do this, keep checking it so that it doesn’t get spoiled and you’re not aware.
|Traditional cornbread||2 days||7 days|
|Cornbread with veggies, cheese, and the like||5 – 7 days|
Of course, the periods above are just estimates.
How To Tell If Cornbread Is Bad
Checking to see if your cornbread is spoiled or it’s still good for consumption is not very difficult. Check for the following things:
- If the cornbread has began growing mold on it, then it’s definitely bad. same applies to any sort of discolorations. If anything about it appears off, dispose of it.
- Sour smell. When a sweetish baked product has a sour smell, that’s a clear sign that it’s no longer fresh.
- Change in texture. If your cornbread was fluffy when freshly baked and it then begins feeling moist and soggy, discard it. Even when it’s not really spiled, the cornbread won’t taste great.
Just like stale regular bread, stale cornbread is safe for consumption. The only bad thing about it is that it won’t taste good. You’ll have to decide on whether to keep it and eat it as it is or discard it. One sure thing about stale cornbread is that it won’t become any better. The next time you look at it, it would have grown mold on it so its best to take immediate action.