Oct 18, 2019

Freeze Brownies

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There are not many things more tasty than fresh baked goods like brownies. However, when you’re planning ahead for a party, potluck, or a special event, you may want to bake a bunch of items in advance and freeze those items until you need them. Brownies, both frosted and unfrosted, can be easily stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Regardless of the freezing method you use, when ready to serve your brownies, simply place them on a serving plate to thaw.

== Steps ==
=== Storing Individual Brownies ===
#Cut the brownies into individual serving sizes or bites. Once your brownies are baked and cooled, cut them into your desired serving size. You can cut them into single-serving bars or you can even cut them into small one-mouth bites.<ref>https://ift.tt/2MUlwoj>
#*Think about the reason you're freezing the brownies before deciding on what size to cut them into. For example, if you’re bringing them to a potluck, you may want to cut them into bars. However, if you just want the occasional midnight snack, little bite-sized brownies may work.
#Place the brownies on a baking tray and freeze them for 2 hours. Once your brownies are cut into individual servings, place them on a metal baking tray that has a layer of wax or parchment paper. Place the whole tray, with the uncovered brownies, into the freezer for 2 hours.<ref>https://ift.tt/2MUlwoj>
#*If you don’t have enough room in your freezer for a baking tray, you can store your brownies stacked on top of each other with wax or parchment paper between the layers. The stacked brownies can be placed on a plate or even inside a (clean) plastic shoebox.
#Put the semi-frozen brownies into a freezer-safe container or bag. If you’re only storing your brownies for a short period of time (1 to 2 weeks), simply place the individual brownies into a freezer-safe container or freezer bag. If you want to keep brownies for longer than a couple of weeks, wrap each brownie in plastic wrap and aluminium foil first, before placing them into the container or freezer bag. Once packed, put the container or freezer bag into the freezer.<ref>https://ift.tt/2oUPOzo>
#*When you want some brownies in the future, you’ll simply need to open the container or bag, remove the brownies you want, reseal the container/bag, and enjoy.
#*If you’ve cut your brownies into bite-sized pieces, you can eat them right out of the freezer for a snack. No need to wait for them to completely thaw first.
#*If you’ve wrapped each brownie in plastic wrap and foil, you can simply place a wrapped brownie in someone’s lunch box in the morning and it will be ready to eat by lunchtime.
=== Freezing Your Brownies as a Block ===
#Place the newly baked brownies in the freezer for a few minutes. Take the block of brownies out of the baking pan used and place it on a parchment or wax paper-lined tray. If the brownies have not been frosted, you only need to leave the brownies in the freezer for a few minutes to make the brownies less breakable. If the brownies have been frosted, keep your brownies in the freezer for at least an hour, or until the frosting is frozen.<ref>https://ift.tt/33NFU1n>
#*You can also place your brownies in their baking pan directly into the freezer, assuming you treated the pan with some sort of anti-stick treatment.
#Wrap the whole block of brownies in plastic wrap and foil. Once ready, take the whole block of brownies and wrap it in plastic wrap. Then, wrap the whole block of brownies a second time in aluminium foil. Together the plastic wrap and foil will help prevent freezer burn.<ref>https://ift.tt/33NFU1n>
#*If, for any reason, you only have plastic wrap or aluminium foil, you can use one without the other. However, there’s a better chance the brownies will get freezer burn if both layers aren’t applied.
#Put the entire, wrapped brownie block in a large plastic freezer bag. Once your brownies are completely covered in both plastic wrap and foil, place the whole block into a large plastic freezer bag. You can now place the freezer bag with your brownie block into the freezer for up to 3 months.<ref>https://ift.tt/33NFU1n>
#*If you don’t have freezer bags large enough for the entire block of brownies, you may need to split the brownies into smaller blocks for freezing.
#*Don’t forget to write “Brownies” and the date on the outside of the freezer bag so you remember what’s inside and how long it’s been there.
=== Thawing Your Brownies to Eat ===
#Take your frozen brownies out of the freezer to thaw. When you’re ready to eat those yummy brownies, take them out of the freezer and then out of the plastic freezer bag. Unwrap both the foil and plastic wrap from the brownies, but if you only want a portion of the brownies you froze, unwrap just one side of the block of brownies and cut off the portion you want.<ref>https://ift.tt/2o2WivI>
#*Frozen brownies don’t freeze solid, so you will be able to cut a portion of the brownies off with a knife without needing to thaw them first.
#*If you only want a portion of the brownies thawed, wrap the rest of the brownies back up in the plastic wrap and foil, put them back in the freezer bag, and put the whole thing back in the freezer.
#Cut up the frozen brownies into serving sizes. Once you have removed the brownies you want to serve, cut them into the proper serving size you want. Place the brownie squares onto a plate and allow them to thaw to room temperature for about 2-3 hours.<ref>https://ift.tt/2o2WivI>
#*Since brownies need between 2 and 3 hours to thaw, you’ll want to plan ahead when you want to serve them. For example, if you want to serve them for dessert, take them out of the freezer at least an hour before you serve dinner.
#Reheat your brownies using a microwave or a toaster oven. You can serve your brownies at room temperature if you’d like, or you can heat them up to serve them warm. You can use either a toaster oven or a microwave to heat the brownies, but make sure you place them on either a metal baking tray (for the toaster oven) or a microwaveable plate (for the microwave).<ref>https://ift.tt/2o2WivI>
#*The amount of time your brownies need in the toaster oven or microwave will depend on how warm you’d like them and the strength of your appliance.
#*For the toaster oven, start with 30 seconds, then check the brownies. For the microwave, start with 10 seconds, then check the brownies.

== Tips ==
*Brownies can last for up to 3 months in the freezer.<ref>https://ift.tt/2nXhdjC>

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