Peach cobbler is so easy to make but is absolutely delicious. In the unlikely event that it doesn’t get eaten on the first day it’s made, you might be wondering what your storage options are and whether it needs to be refrigerated.
According to the USDA, peach cobbler does not need to be refrigerated for the first 2 days after baking. After 2 days, it should be stored in the fridge and can last up to 2 additional days, although the topping may become soggy. Freezing is another option, which will make it last for 3 to 4 months.
A specialized pie storage container like this one, is the best way to store peach cobbler. They can be picked up on Amazon.
Read on for my handy peach cobbler storage guide, where I answer some common questions and give a few tips to maximize how long that delicious pie stays good.
Why Peach Cobbler Should Be Refrigerated
While you can leave your peach cobbler at room temperature, there are some situations where it should be refrigerated. If your room is particularly humid or hot, this will reduce the length of time that you can leave your peach cobbler out without it going bad. It could also make your peach cobbler soggy, which nobody wants!
How Long Can a Peach Cobbler Sit Out?
As long as your peach cobbler has a high sugar content and no unbaked eggs or dairy, it will be safe at room temperature for 2 days. However, after 2 days, you will need to either store it in the fridge (2 days max) or freeze it (3-4 months max).
Like many other baked goods, you don’t need to refrigerate peach cobbler immediately after preparation. Even so, it is a good idea to loosely cover it with plastic wrap and to keep it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Make sure to put it in an airtight container once moved to the fridge or freezer.
Here is the pie storage container I recommend. It is worth its weight in gold for how well it keeps cakes or pies fresh. I really like how it’s both freezer and microwave safe. Besides that, it’s an attractive dish that is perfect for transporting to an event.
How Long Can a Peach Cobbler Be Refrigerated?
Peach cobbler can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days if put there after it cools. So if you know that your peach cobbler isn’t going to be eaten in the next 48 hours, putting it in the fridge will buy you an extra 2 days. However, many people say that it tastes fresher if not refrigerated after baking.
It is always a good idea to wrap your peach cobbler before putting it in the fridge, as this makes it less likely that moisture will get into your cobbler. Additional moisture makes it more likely that your peach cobbler will get soggy. You could even wrap individual portions (unless the peach cobbler is going to be eaten all in one go).
Here are some handy individual pie storage containers that I recommend. The best feature is that you can hold several pieces in one larger container and then eat them one by one as you like, without disturbing the other slices.
Can You Freeze Peach Cobbler?
You can definitely freeze peach cobbler. If it isn’t going to be eaten any time soon, or if you are making batches to keep, a good option is to freeze it. Your peach cobbler will last approximately 3 to 4 months in the freezer. Make sure you choose a good airtight container to store it in.
The same container that I recommended for storing in the fridge also works well for the freezer.
How to Properly Freeze Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler can have a few different types of toppings. Here are 2 methods that should cover you no matter what type you make:
Biscuit Topping Cobblers
If your peach cobbler uses a biscuit-type topping, you should always bake it before freezing it. If you are freezing peach cobbler that has already been baked, you will want to make sure that it doesn’t go soggy.
- Make sure that it is completely cooled before you put it in the freezer and place it in an airtight container.
- Place some baking paper over the cobbler itself before you seal the container to prevent ice crystals from forming, which could make it go soggy as it thaws.
Pie Crush or Crumble Topping Cobblers
If your peach cobbler has more of a pie crust or a crumble topping, you can either freeze it before or after baking.
If you are freezing your peach cobbler before baking, all you have to do when you’re ready to use it is throw it in the oven. Add 20 minutes of baking time on top of how long it normally takes, and your peach cobbler will be as perfect as if you had put it all together that day.
Additional Cobble Storage Tips
If you really want to take your peach cobbler skills all year round, you can always buy in a load of fresh peaches when they’re in season and store them ready for the off-season.
A really convenient way of doing this is to make the peach cobbler filling with your fresh peaches, portion it out so that it’s precisely the right amount for peach cobbler. Here’s how:
- Store the filling in a zip lock bag in the freezer. The mixture will last for 6 to 8 months.
- When you are ready to bake your peach cobbler, take the filling mixture out of the freezer and thaw it in the fridge overnight. Once the mixture has thawed, you can bake with it as normal.
Pro Tip: Remember not to throw away any liquid that settles in the zip lock bag after thawing, as this is part of the mixture’s flavor.
How to Tell if Peach Cobbler Has Gone Bad
Unfortunately, peach cobbler does not last forever. If it is left for too long, it will go bad.
There are a few ways to tell if your peach cobbler has gone bad.
- Mold Present- Obviously, your peach cobbler is no longer safe to eat and should be thrown away if there is visible mold.
- Texture- Before the mold appears, peach cobbler will start to get mushy and soggy as it begins to go off.
- Smell- Our noses are pretty good at detecting when something has gone bad, so it is always a good idea to do a smell test before you eat any peach cobbler that has been stored for a while, even when it looks fine.
Peach cobbler is a versatile and tasty dessert that is quick and easy to make. When early American settlers realized that they didn’t have the ingredients to make suet puddings, they put together a dessert using what they had – dried fruit and biscuit dough – and the cobbler was born.
There are plenty of options for storing any extra cobbler that you have leftover, or you can even plan to make more in advance for use at a later date. You don’t have to refrigerate peach cobbler if you will be eating it within 2 days. Refrigerating will make it last for up to 4 days, and freezing it will make it last for up to 4 months. You can freeze unbaked peach cobbler for later use, or you can even just freeze the filling.
Whatever method of storage you choose, I hope your meal is a sweet one!
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