Snacking might be almost everyone’s favorite activity. But, there are times when the supposedly-eaten snacks or desserts somehow become leftovers. Knowing this, you certainly want to store them for the near future. But, if you don’t do it properly, the food that you’ve planned to store will spoil faster than what you’ve expected. Whereas if you store it properly, the food can last for quite a long time. Wondering what’s the best way to do it? Let’s take a look at how to store food a la Pondan.
1. How to Store Pudding
Pudding is our first ‘how to store food’ candidate. In order for it not to become runny, pudding should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Before storing it, it’s best for you to let the pudding cool down at room temperature. Why? If pudding is immediately stored in the fridge, the surface of the pudding will become watery due to sudden changes in temperature. Pudding that is still hot should also not be closed immediately because the hot steam will stick to the lid and make the pudding runny.
2. How to Store Cookies
Cookies are indeed everyone’s favorite snacks, especially during the holidays. But, here’s a tip! Before storing them, make sure the cookies cool down first aka they’ve reached room temperature. Why? This is because the hot steam caused by baking can make the cookies moist. Also, to keep the cookies crunchy, use a clean, dry, airtight container or jar, and make sure that you don’t store them in plastic containers since the cookies will get sluggish quickly.
3. How to Store Boba
The assumption that boba will last longer if stored in the refrigerator is apparently false. This is because the low temperature of the refrigerator will actually cause boba to lose its stretchiness. Therefore, the right way to store boba is at room temperature. The trick, after washing it clean, put the boba into a clean jar. Also pour enough sugar water to keep the boba sticky, not sticky, and still sweet. After that, close the jar and store it in a dry, not hot, and not cold place
4. How to Store Pancakes
Do you know that pancakes can actually last quite a long time? Yes, only if they are wrapped with a plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container. Pancakes that are covered with plastic wrap can be stored in the refrigerator for a serving in the next 1 to 2 days. To serve it, you can simply warm the pancake in the microwave. But, if you want your pancakes to last longer, store them in an airtight container in the freezer. By doing so, pancakes can last up to 2-3 months.
5. How to Store Butter
Butter is one of the main ingredients that needs a special care on how to store. Apparently, it’s best to store butter in a tightly closed container, and keep it at room temperature (not exceeding 21° C). If the room temperature is above 21° C, it’s better for you to store butter in the refrigerator. Or, if you are not going to use it in the next few months, you can also store it in the freezer. No need to worry, this method won’t change its texture and taste.
6. How to Store Cheese
As you probably know, if not properly stored, cheese will harden quickly when it’s put in the refrigerator. There’s a tip though! First, you have to wrap the cheese that you want to store with aluminum foil. Then, put the cheese back in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. Make sure you don’t use its previous packaging box. Besides that, try not to store it in the freezer because obviously the texture will harden fast.
7. How to Store Fried Snacks
It’s not uncommon for us to find fried snacks get sluggish quickly. To outsmart this problem, after frying them, let your snacks cool down until they don’t smoke. You can also put them on a cooling rack, which is useful for maintaining their crispiness. Once cool, put them immediately in a box container and close it. Use an airtight box so that the crunchiness will last longer, and don’t put these fried foods in a same box with other types of food.
8. How to Store Bread
Bread is among food ingredient that expires fast. Knowing this, many of you feel like it’s best to immediately store it in the lower refrigerator. But, apparently, storing it this way won’t make your bread last longer than what you’ve expected. You should actually leave it at room temperature first while still wrapped with plastic. After 2-3 days, you can then tie it up and put it in the freezer. If you want to eat this pack of bread again, just oven them for 10-15 minutes with a temperature of about 175 ° C.
9. How to Store Brownies
It’s true that making brownies with Pondan is easy. However, in order for it to last long, brownies should actually be stored at room temperature with aluminum foil or airtight plastic after baking or steaming them. You can then eat them in the next day. If you are still not going to eat them, you can store brownies in a fridge in an airtight container. This way, brownies will last up to several weeks. Or, you can store it in the freezer for a few months. But, don’t forget, before consuming it, let it sit at room temperature until it becomes soft again.
Those are some ways on how to store food that you need to follow. With these tips, all the tasty dishes that you have made using Pondan will last longer and won’t lose their taste and texture. Now that you’ve already known how to store food effectively, it’s time for you to return to the kitchen with various recipes from Pondan. You can follow all the recipes on Instagram @pondan.unifood! So, what are you waiting for? Try all with Pondan!
Sources: Cheapism, Baking Kneads, Insider