How to Store Muffins {keep them fresh for longer!}

Have you ever reached into a container of leftover muffins, eager for the fluffy bites of breakfast joy that await, only to discover that the outside of the muffins have become unpleasantly soggy? It’s a sad moment that, while it cannot be reversed, can be avoided with one simple trick. Here’s how to store muffins to prolong their shelf life and keep them fresh.

One simple trick will keep your homemade muffins fresh for longer. Here's how to store them (and keep them from getting soggy!) @wellplated

Before we delve in, let’s first address the issue at hand: Why do leftover muffins become soggy?

It is an odd phenomenon. Intuitively, you would think that, as muffins stale, the outsides would become dry. In reality, this just isn’t how muffin science (a delicious field I aspire to master) operates.

As muffins age, their moisture migrates to the surface. That moisture will try to evaporate and, if the muffins are wrapped in plastic or stored in an empty airtight bag or container, that moisture sinks right back onto the muffins’ surface. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent this (aside from loading the muffins with preservatives), but we can delay the inevitable with a handy little tool I’m betting you have lurking in your kitchen right now.

Paper towels.

Let’s do this.

HOW TO STORE MUFFINS

STEP ONE: Let the muffins cool completely on a wire rack.

How to store muffins to keep them from getting soggy. @wellplated

Storing the muffins when they are even a little bit warm will result in even more condensation, as the muffins will still be letting off heat. Let them cool for no more than five-to-10 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

STEP TWO: Line an airtight storage container with paper towels.

How to store muffins. This one simple trick will keep them from getting soggy! @wellplated

The paper towels will act like a “sponge,” absorbing the moisture the muffins emit as they age. Instead of sinking back into the muffin’s surface and making them soggy, the moisture will be absorbed by the paper towels. I like to use one large paper towel, folded in half to fit the container.

Alternatively, you can use a large ziptop bag, turned on its side so that it lays flat—just be sure you store the muffins in a single layer only (do not stack).

STEP THREE: Place muffins in the container, on top of the paper towels.

How to Store Muffins. The simple trick that keeps them fresh for longer. @wellplated

Or on the bottom of the ziptop bag, still atop the paper towels.

STEP FOUR: Place an additional paper towel layer on top of the muffins.

How to store muffins. One simple trick to keep them fresh! @wellplated

This is essential. You want to be sure to absorb moisture from all sides. Again, I use a large paper towel, folded in half.

STEP FIVE: Cover and store AT ROOM TEMPERATURE.

How to store muffins so that they stay fresh and don't become soggy. @wellplated

Refrigerating the muffins will alter their flavor and texture. Room temperature is the way to go from maximum freshness.

STEP SIX: Enjoy!

This one trick will keep your muffins fresh for longer. No more soggy muffins! Here's how to store them the right way. @wellplated

The muffins will last two-to-four days stored this way (without this method, you’ll notice the “soggy” factor taking hold in fewer than 24 hours). If the paper towels become very damp, I recommend replacing them on Day 2 or Day 3.

For storage longer than four days:

I recommend freezing muffins that you’d like to keep beyond four days. Individually wrap them in plastic, then place them in a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Let thaw at room temperature or rewarm gently in the microwave.

Muffin recipe featured in this post:

My Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins, with the addition of 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts.

Craving more muffins?

Check out the Baked Goods/Breads section of my recipe index. I’m a self-professed muffin addict, so you have lots of choices!

About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

44 comments

  1. You have such great ideas! Thanks, and I’m not a student husbands wife or anything, great tips great recipes, and as for ” moist”, there really isn’t a suitible synonym for it, I’m from Florida, how about “humid” or I love “irriguous” or saturated,

    • Humid? Lol. That is just hilarious. You are right–the “m” word is pretty much the only one that does the job. So glad you found this tip helpful Diana! Thanks for your comment and happy that you found my blog. Have a great day!

  2. Hi – I have found that keeping muffins in a perforated veggie bag on the counter works great for several days. I will keep about 6 in the veggie bag and freeze the other 6. I don’t even nuke the frozen ones – they only take a few minutes to thaw all on their own….

  3. Such a helpful post, thank you so much Erin!! I have a hard time letting baked goods cool completely because I have zero self control…;)

  4. FANTASTIC tip, Erin! It’s a total bummer when you get SO excited about waking up to one of the muffins you baked the morning before, only to find that they are a soggy mess. But problem solved! Hooray! 

  5. Thanks for the tip, now I’ll make those banana nut muffins again❤️

  6. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl thanks for the tips!

  7. Mine ALWAYS go stale hella fast so this helps. Great pics btw! =]

  8. Wait…there are supposed to be leftover muffins? Oops! 

  9. We just put them all in a large tupperware and freeze them after they’ve cooled, without pre wrapping them or anything. about 40 seconds in the microwave and they are warm and fluffy again. I think it’s somewhat more ecological than individually wrapping – at least we’ve never had any problems with it.

  10. Thanks for the tip! I’ve been plagued for years by the dreaded second day soggy muffin! I will definitely try this!

  11. Thank you Erin, I knew there must be a way to do that …..good to know……you are so smart….why didn’t I think of that ? :) 
    I figured a way to keep cheese longer, but hadn’t figured out the muffins …..mine always gets a little gooey on top……but I always keep them in fridge too…. guess it’s best to just freeze them eh , and just take them out as you want one ? 

  12. This is so fantastic, thanks so much for sharing. I always end up having to throughout my muffins — but not any more! :)

  13. Love this post! Sometimes I forget to do this genius little trick and it’s the pits when the muffins are blech. I need to print this post and hang it on my refrigerator. :)

  14. I need a wire rack – I can’t believe I’ve lived for so long without one in my kitchen. Thanks for another reason to buy one!

  15. Such a great useful tip!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Erin!

  16. Thank you soooooooooo much for the awesome trick.  I  love to cook and  bake.  I  always make too much,  our kids are all grown and have started their lives, but I still make too much for my husband and I.  This will  cut down on wasting things that I love to cook, bake,and of course EAT! Thanks again sweetie!

    • Jody, I am so happy to hear that this post is helpful for you! I also hate wasting things, and with there only being two of us, I’m constantly looking for ways to prolong shelf life. I hope it’s equally helpful for you too!

    • Jody, I am so happy to hear that this post is helpful for you! I also hate wasting things, and with there only being two of us, I’m constantly looking for ways to prolong shelf life. I hope you and your hubby enjoy many a fresh muffin :)

  17. Thanks for this suggestion. Just wondering – is there any difference if the muffins are baked in paper cups? I typically use these as I normally are baking muffins to take somewhere else (couldn’t keep them in my house and eat them all!) Thank you!

  18. How about including a oxygen absorber in the container? Will that help? I m a newly started bakery shop.

    • Hi Rose, I’m not familiar with oxygen absorbers, so afraid this is out of my realm of expertise. It sounds like an interesting idea though!

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  20. what about storage for muffins made with yogurt? I recently tried out a new banana yogurt muffin recipe that I love but I have no idea best storage for it! is it necessary to keep them in the fridge?

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