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Pastry cream question--how long ahead can I prep this?

nofunlatte Apr 29, 2012 10:52 AM

I thought I'd add another pastry cream question to the board at large ( in light of the fact that there are a couple of current ones!). Anyway, once I make pastry cream, how long can I keep it in the fridge before I use it? A 24-hour day? Just asking because in a couple of weeks I will be making some berry tartlets and I want to put them together right before I serve them.

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    redbeanbun Apr 29, 2012 12:21 PM

    there seem to be a lot of pastry cream questions today. the longest pastry cream ever lasted in our fridge was 5 days, not because it went bad but because I made too much and that's how long it took us to get to the point that we were sick of pastry cream. put plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pastry cream in your bowl. if the surface isn't exposed to air, it won't form a skin. if you leave it in the fridge too long, at some point it will probably start weeping. i haven't figured out how long that is but hopefully 5 days is enough for you.

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    1. re: redbeanbun
      nofunlatte Apr 30, 2012 12:38 PM

      Thanks. I was only planning on making it the day before, which I figured would be fine. But then I got curious and wondered just how far ahead of time this could be prepped.

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