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Best way to store blueberry muffins?

TheReviewLady Jul 31, 2010 08:47 AM

I'm making "Best Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping" by Cook's Illustrated this weekend. Unfortunately no storage info is listed in the recipe. Internet searches yield all different responses (room temp, refrigerator, freezer). Does anyone know the best way to store this type of baked good?

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    Mistral Aug 29, 2010 02:36 AM

    Rose Levy Beranbaum says frozen muffins can be reheated in a preheated 400°F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a metal cake tester inserted briefly into the center feels warm.

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      Lorry13 Aug 28, 2010 04:59 PM

      I have the same question. I just made banana crumb muffins and I'm not sure is the fridge would be good due to streusel/crumb topping.

      If frozen, can they be microwaved as a fast and yummy breakfast muffin?

      4 Replies
      1. re: Lorry13
        JoanN Aug 28, 2010 05:06 PM

        No, please, never microwave bread product. I don't understand the chemistry, but it does something to the gluten, I think, and although the first bite might seem fine, that's the only good bite you'll get. The microwave toughens up an otherwise delectable muffin.

        I freeze homemade blueberry muffins all the time and reheat them in the oven. Do yourself a favor and do the same. I don't let them sit out for even a day. I pop them right into the freezer after everyone has had his/her fill. In my experience, it's the way to best replicate the right-out-of-the-oven experience.

        1. re: JoanN
          Lorry13 Aug 28, 2010 05:08 PM

          How long in the oven if I have no time to wait and thaw them? I just have a bunch of fresh muffins and I want to freeze some to eat for breakfast.

          1. re: Lorry13
            JoanN Aug 28, 2010 05:21 PM

            The muffins I make are unbelievably tender and thaw very quickly. Found the recipe here on CH. Here's a link to it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2768...

            Honestly don't recall specifics. They're almost completely thawed after about 15 minutes and warmed through after about 10 minutes at 350 F. Really depends on your muffins. If you're not using the same recipe I am, your timing will be different. Can't imagine that it would take longer than 10-15 minutes, though.

          2. re: JoanN
            ZenSojourner Aug 28, 2010 05:42 PM

            If you use a very low power for just a few minutes you can usually pull it off. But full power turns bread to shoe leather.

        2. chowser Jul 31, 2010 09:10 AM

          Room temperature. If it's oil based, refrigerator is okay to make it last longer. If it's more than a couple of days, freeze.

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