Have you ever wondered whether you have to keep macarons cold, or whether they can be stored at room temperature? It’s important to know so you can ensure that your macarons are kept as fresh and pleasant as possible, so how do you do this? Are macarons supposed to be refrigerated?
Macarons can be stored at room temperature, but they should be kept in an airtight container. If you don’t seal them, there’s a high chance that they will dry out at room temperature. If you keep them in the fridge, they will last a lot better, although they should again be kept in an airtight container.
In this article, we’re going to check out how to store these tasty treats to make sure they keep as well as possible and don’t spoil. Macarons can last for a week or two if they are kept correctly, so let’s learn more about their storage needs.
How Do You Keep Macarons?
For the very best results, you should keep macarons in the fridge in an airtight container. The fridge will minimize the growth of bacteria in the treats by keeping them cold, and the airtight container will minimize the amount of air flowing over the treats.
Since air will dry macarons out (or make them soggy if it’s wet air, as you might find in a fridge), it’s really important to seal the container they are going to be kept in. Make sure you choose a food-safe container, such as a Tupperware, or a Ziplock bag with the air squeezed out. Tubs are generally preferable, because they will protect the fragile cookies from damage.
If you don’t have room in your fridge, however, it’s worth being aware that macarons can be stored at room temperature, and do not have to be chilled to keep well. They will not last as well as if you put them in the fridge, but you can put them in your pantry or a cool cupboard, and they should be fine for a couple of days.
If you don’t store macarons properly, you may find that they:
- Become dry and unpleasant
- Become soft and damp
- Fall apart
- Take on a strange taste
How Long Do Macarons Last?
Estimates vary, but you should be able to keep macarons for a few weeks if you store them in the fridge. Ideally, you should be using them up within 1 to 2 weeks.
If you keep the macarons at room temperature, you will only have around 2 or 3 days to use them before they become unsafe to eat. For longer storage, they must be refrigerated as soon as you get them. Don’t put them in the fridge for a week if you’ve already had them on your counter for 3 days.
Bear in mind that both of these estimates are based on you using an airtight container. If you don’t do this, the macarons will probably only last for around 1 day before they start to become unpleasant. These treats are not nice once they’ve been left unsealed for more than a few hours, so be vigilant about putting them away properly.
You may find that it’s best to put a piece of parchment paper in between each macaron so that they don’t stick to each other. Because they are delicate, there’s a risk that they will crumble and break if you try to separate them once they have stuck together.
Can You Freeze Macarons?
Macarons store reasonably well in the freezer, but not brilliantly. They may take on a slightly strange taste and texture, especially if you store them for a long time. Some people do choose this storage method for macarons that they need to keep for several weeks, but it isn’t ideal.
To store macarons in the freezer, stack them with a slip of parchment paper between each one, and then put them in an airtight container. They must be sealed to prevent sogginess and freezer burn.
Don’t store unsealed macarons in the freezer, or they will be unpleasant when you come to eat them.
What’s The Best Way To Prep Macarons In Advance?
If you want to make macarons in advance but you don’t want to freeze them or clutter up your refrigerator, the best solution is to make both the shells and the filling, but not assemble the macarons.
Macarons go off much faster once they have been assembled, because the dampness in the filling will gradually make the shells soggy, and they are hard to store properly. The shells are sensitive to moisture, making the fridge an imperfect solution, but the filling won’t last for many days at room temperature.
If you make them a few days before and only assemble them on the day that you want them, your macarons will be perfect, and should taste very fresh. This is a great tip if you need to make a large number of macarons for a party or other occasion.
Store the shells at room temperature and the filling in the fridge (both sealed in airtight containers) and only get them out when you are ready to make them into cookies.
Macarons can be refrigerated, and should be if you plan to keep them for more than 2 or 3 days. However, they must be sealed in an airtight container to prevent them from going soggy. If you prefer, you can keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days, or consider freezing them for a few weeks.