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May 2, 2011 11:52 AM

Storing Bar Cookies

I'm in college and only have a refrigerator (no freezer), and have about 24 fruit bar cookies on my hands. Could I just leave them in the fridge (in a plastic bag, of course) and eat them over the course of like a month or so, or do I have to figure out some way to freeze them?

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    1. are they homemade? what's in them? one month is a long time... some people might be okay with it, but if they are butter-based, they might start to go rancid, or maybe even get moldy because of moisture in the fridge.

      if you can't freeze them, i'd just eat as many as possible over the next week or so. nothing wrong with sharing the rest with your peers! i'm sure they'd enjoy...

      1. re: nothingswrong

        I'm pretty sure they are butter-based. I was afraid of rancidity. I think I'll split the difference with you and share the rest of them after one to two weeks.

        1. re: zooxanthellae

          i honestly don't think they'll go rancid in the fridge, but i'm sure your friends/dormmates wouldn't mind if you just decide to share them :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Can anyone give me a closer range, here? Or are there too many variables to guess at? They' have a pretty buttery crust, with a fruit and nut topping.

            The main reason I ask is that I don't eat dessert very often, maybe 3 or 4 times a week, but that pace just won't cut it here.

            1. re: zooxanthellae

              to play it safe, keep as much as you'll eat within 10-14 day in the refrigerator, and give away the rest.

              bummer that there's no freezer compartment in your mini-fridge- they'd keep forever in there.

              1. re: zooxanthellae

                There's the question of how long they'll last and then there's the question of how long they'll taste good (less time). I think the crust starts absorbing the moisture and after a few days (less than a week), it's no longer tasty. But, they'll be okay to eat after that.

                1. re: chowser

                  yes--the question of safety vs. quality is a good one. even if they're safe to eat, they may start tasting like crap. or at least the texture will suffer. they could get soggy or they could get hard as a rock.

                  we used to make butter-based bars to send to my brother in college when he first left. they were covered with a raspberry jam and streusel-like topping. my brother would forget the packages for days or a week at a time, then open them and continue eating the bars for another week. so that's two weeks--one with no refrigeration. nobody ever got sick from them (that he knows of), but he would say they tasted bad after a while.

      2. Eat them faster. Or share.