by Jade 

August 30, 2017

How To Store Donuts

Sick and tired of throwing away stale donuts? Wish you had some way of eating it without it being stale or becoming rock solid after a day or two? Here are some tips and tricks on how to store donuts to keep it fresh and tasty for days!


History Of Donuts

Before explaining to you how to store those heavenly holed snacks, let me tell you a brief history of donuts.

Back in the 18th century, they weren’t called donuts. Instead, they were referred to as “olykoeks” or oily cakes -- seemed like the ancient donuts were as oily as what we’re eating now.

Olykoeks or Oily Cakes

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By the late 19th century, these olykoeks (imagine if donuts were called like this today? Weird but still tasty!) were made with holes in the middle.The interesting part is how it got its current name -- Elizabeth Gregory gave her son Hanson Gregory a fried dough with walnuts, hence the name donuts.

By 1920, Levitt, a Russian immigrant who went to America, invented the dough machine that mechanically pushed dough into shaped rings.

How To Store Donuts

Donuts in 1920

And by the year 1937, our comfort dessert shop Krispy Kreme was founded. Later that year, Dunkin’ Donuts, located in Boston, Massachusetts was founded as well. Do you know that this franchise sells the most donuts in the world?

How Do You Make Donuts?

Before I explain to you the steps on how to store donuts, here is a short clip on how to make the heavenly holed bread. I bet you’ll be rushing to the grocery store after watching the clip!

The Horror! (Three Rules To Check If Donuts Are Spoiled)

Rule #1: See No Evil

Do not eat if molds are present! Molds can differ in shape, size, and color. If the shape of the mold almost takes up the entire donut, it means that it has been thriving there for a long time.

How To Store Donuts

The mold’s color will tell the surrounding environment and what type of mold it is.

When you see splotchy, fuzzy, or discolored patches, the fairly common Rhizopus Stolonifer or better known as “black bread mold” is the suspect. This mold does not only infest our beloved bread but most food items as well.

Rule # 2: Feel No Evil

You’re probably munching on that glazed donut right now, sitting there for two days uncovered and you say to yourself “it’s still pretty good.”

How To Store Donuts

To be honest with you, staleness can also be detected by merely touching the bread -- just because it tastes the same doesn’t mean it’s not stale. Some degrees of staleness can be felt by touch, to a certain extent.

If the dough is dry or crumbly, it means that it probably wasn't stored properly, hence the staleness.

Fortunately, if you insist on eating that stale donut, you can do so without reservations as long as there’s no presence of molds. Just pop it in the microwave and reheat it for a minute or two to kill any bacteria present.

Rule # 3: Smell/Eat No Evil

NEVER eat donuts if it…

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    Smells awful
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    Tastes gross

Please! Don’t eat it. Money is not worth it if you’ll just feel awful the following day.

How To Store Donuts Properly

Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, J. Co Donuts & Coffee *Drools* makes me crave hard just by merely saying their names. These donuts are best consumed fresh from the oven. Having problems eating two dozen of these in a day? I know I can’t! 

Donuts (or doughnuts) are best devoured after it has cooled down after baking it. Butter, sugar, and fats give the donut their great taste. These moist ingredients can be a haven for bacteria if the donuts are allowed to sit there uncovered for a day or two.

How To Store Donuts

Talking from experience, we had a ton of donuts left after the birthday party of my kid, and I can’t believe they were hard and disgusting the following day.

I cried a little because donuts are my all time favorite snacks/desserts. I know Homer Simpson will cry when he sees that awful scenario!

Kidding aside, donuts can be one of the most difficult foods to store. As a matter of fact, only a few people know how to do it right.  

With that being said, I’ll share some useful tips that will guide you step by step on how to keep those bad boys fresh and tasty for days!

Equipment/Tools You Can Use To Store Donuts

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    Zip lock bags
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    Plastic wrap
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    Aluminum foil
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    Air tight containers
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    The pantry (shelves) can also be used, but it’s a risk because room temperature will allow bacteria to multiply rapidly.

Storing Donuts: An Instructional Video

I couldn’t find a video about steps on storing donuts, but bread is the closest comparison to donuts. Check this very useful video below to gain insights on a number of ways to store your donuts properly.

Time To Save The Donuts!: A Step-By-Step Guide

1.    After buying store bought donuts (applicable with freshly baked bread as well), uncover it in the box and let it cool for 5 minutes.

2.    After consuming your share of donuts, close the lid to keep the donuts fresh and tasty.

3.    If there are leftover donuts, wrap it in plastic wrap or foil. These donuts will keep its flavor and texture for up to two days.

4.    Make sure the room temperature ranges from  60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. You can measure the room by using a wall thermometer.

5.    The longest you can keep these donuts wrapped in foil or plastic wrap is for a week only! If it exceeds one week, the glaze from the donut will moisten and allow bacteria to thrive and multiply.

6.    Always check if your refrigeration settings is at 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature higher or lower than the suggested will enter the Temperature Danger Zone.

For more information about the temperature danger zone, refer to the video below.

Alternatively, if you want your donuts to last longer, store it in the freezer wrapped in an airtight container or freezer bag. Keep your freezer at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Expect flavor and texture loss after three days.

If you want to revive your donuts after storing them, here are a simple recipes to make at home.

Simple Donut Recipes

French Donuts

Instead of that crusty bread, why not step up your donut gaming with a glazed donut? It’s very simple to make and it tastes so heavenly. Don’t forget to sprinkle it with cinnamon and maple syrup!

Donut Pudding

This donut recipe is rich and delightful, and you’ll surely be going for several rounds after finishing your first. Top it off with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and you’ve got some awesome dessert my friend.

Donut Milkshake

This is your excuse to make milkshake but on an entirely different level. Simply mix the donut with milk and ice cream and you’re good to go. But wait -- it gets better! Do you want that glorious shake to be Instagram-worthy? Garnish it with another donut!

Donut ice cream sandwich

A donut sliced in half, filled with vanilla ice cream (any flavor will do) in between, then drizzled with Nutella on top. If this is heaven on a plate, you can kill me now.

Donut Grilled Cheese

This recipe is a different take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, but so much better. Instead of using a white and tasteless bread, use a glazed donut instead. The sweetness from the donut followed by the saltiness of the cheese just explodes in your mouth.

Final Thoughts

I know, I know, why store donuts when you can consume an entire box in one sitting, right? Uhm, no. You don’t want to do that because it’ll definitely cause a tummy ache or the worse case scenario, diabetes.

Storing donuts, and bread for that matter, can be helpful in a lot of ways. For instance, if unexpected guests arrive at your house and you don’t have a clue of what to give them, just serve the leftover donuts from yesterday.

Place the refrigerated or frozen donuts it in the microwave or oven for a minute or two and presto! They won’t see or taste the difference between a fresh donut from a day-old donut.

I hope my article helped you in storing donuts and also, cooking them up. Now go! Save those bad boys!

Have you tried storing donuts? How’d you do it? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below. Don’t forget to share this post. Cheers! 

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  • Hi thanks a lot for this article. i decide to start my own business on selling of DONUT but my fear is how will the it stay longer on the supermarket shelve without getting spoilt and after reading this article am a bit relieve but please i needd help here for a person like me about to start a donut business by supplying to other store, do you think it advisable for them to preserve it when they are unable to sell all the doughnuts? i noticed people love there donut when it fresh.

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