Donuts can be very hypnotizing. Every time I go to a donut shop, I must purchase at least one donut.
Donuts are my favorite snack. There are so many options that it can be difficult to pick one.
I only eat one or maybe two, then I share it with my family and keep the rest for later.
This delicious dessert can be preserved for up to six months.
It doesn’t need to be eaten all at once. Donuts can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Today I will share some tips and tricks that ensure donuts stay fresh after they have been frozen.
What are Donuts?
It is still controversial to know the origin of the doughnut.
There are many variations of the doughnut, and the concept of fried dough does not exist in one culture or country.
While the precise location, time and identity of the person who created the doughnut is unknown, there are some events that are notable in the history.
The records show that the Dutch made olykoeks (or “oil cakes”) as early as mid-19th century.
These doughnuts started out as small balls of cake that were fried in oil until they turned golden brown.
The cakes’ center did not cook as quickly as the rest, so they were often stuffed with nuts, fruit, and other fillings that didn’t require cooking.
When Dutch immigrants arrived in America, they made their own olykoeks.
They were also influenced by other cultures and morphed into the doughnuts we know today.
How Dong Can Donuts Last?
Donuts can be spoiled quickly. Because they are oily, donuts could be contaminated with bacteria.
As you might have noticed, donuts can be spoiled by bacteria.
They will not last more than 2 days if they are left out on the counter. They will keep for about five days in the refrigerator.
Donuts will become unusable once the oils have solidified.
If you are like me, and you buy donuts in bulk you will need to finish them all in 5 days.
If they are properly stored, donuts can last up to three months in the freezer.
How to Freeze Donuts?
Each donut should be placed one at a time on a wax paper-lined metal cookie sheet.
Place donuts, glazing-side up, on a metal cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Place the cookie sheet on a baking tray, and let cool in the refrigerator for three to five hours.
You can transfer the donuts from the freezer to a freezer-safe bag.
Remove air pockets from the bag and seal it. You can label the bag with the current date so you know when your donuts will be due.
Frosted donuts can be kept for up to three months.
They won’t taste the same if they are kept longer. Place the bag in the back freezer.
How to Thaw Frozen Donuts?
To thaw, place frozen donuts on a counter. Let them cool to room temperature.
To fully defrost the donuts, it will take approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Place them in the microwave for 10-15 second to warm them.
You can freeze them for up to 24 hours in a refrigerator For a quick 15-20 second defrosting, you can either microwave or bake them in an oven.
Do not leave them to cook for longer than necessary. Donuts heated at high temperatures can dry out.
Refrozen donuts should not be frozen because they are more susceptible to bacteria and more likely spoil quickly.
Tips and Tricks of Freezing Donuts
To keep donuts fresh, they can be frozen right away after being purchased.
These can be kept in freezer-safe bags that are resealable.
Wrap your donuts individually in aluminum foil, wax paper, or plastic wrap to protect them.
Finally, place them in a freezer bag. This will keep donuts from freezing.
Frosted and thawed donuts might have lost some of the glaze. Donuts should never be stored in refrigerator doors.
They are more susceptible to temperature fluctuations.