I always see questions on how to store and freeze macarons whether they are filled or not, so I figured I’d share what I do!
Macaron Shells are very easy to freeze and they thaw super quick so that’s my preferred way to store them if I don’t need them within the next few days. Here are all of my specific tips and guidelines.
Freezing Unfilled Macaron Shells:
Zip Bags: I know a lot of people who put all their shells into a large zip bag and freeze just like that.
Airtight Containers: I prefer to use airtight containers to freeze and store my macaron shells. Why? Because I like to go ahead and match the shells up and have them ready to fill when I am. Also, I know in the container they have less chance of being damaged than in a bag.
Clamshells or Slider Boxes: It is possible to freeze in the clamshells and slider boxes, but you have to take an extra level of precaution. These aren’t airtight so once they’re in the clamshell or box you have to put them into something else as well. Alternatively, you can wrap plastic wrap around them.
Freezing Filled Macarons:
Zip Bags: I wouldn’t recommend freezing filled shells in a bag because that’s not really secure enough. The unfilled shells can withstand it, but filled shells are not as durable and you will have a mess and breakage.
Airtight Containers: This is my preferred method. It’s going to keep your macarons safe and intact much better than a bag. In my opinion it’s better than the clamshells because you can grab what you need and aren’t stuck with a set that’s already packaged.
Clamshells or Slider Boxes: You can freeze filled macarons this way but you do still need that extra level of precaution. These aren’t airtight so once they’re in the clamshell or box you have to put them into something else as well. Alternatively, you can wrap plastic wrap around them.
Storing Unfilled Macaron Shells:
You can easily store unfilled shells in zip bags, airtight containers, clamshells, or slider boxes. My rule of thumb is that if I’m not going to need the shells within the next 2-3 days, then I go ahead and freeze them. They thaw quickly so there’s no need to worry about waiting on that part.
Storing Filled Macarons:
You can store filled macarons in zip bags, airtight containers, clamshells, or slider boxes. What you need to keep in mind with this is what filling you used. If it’s not shelf stable then you have to keep the macarons at least refrigerated. If you do have to keep them in the fridge I highly recommend using an airtight container and try not to leave them for more than 2-3 days. The fridge will dry out baked goods really quickly (this varies brand to brand), so keep that in mind.
How long can I freeze filled and unfilled macaron shells?
You can freeze for months on end. If you need long term storage it’s best to use a deep freezer. Why? They’re opened less frequently and hold a steady temp much better than a refrigerator freezer does. Make sure that you don’t keep them by anything with a strong smell as they can absorb odors!
How do I thaw my frozen filled and unfilled macaron shells?
To thaw unfilled and filled macaron shells you want to place them into the fridge for a few hours. DO NOT remove them from the container you froze them in! Why? Because if any condensation happens it’ll be on the outside instead of on the macarons. The night before I need them I usually just stick them in the fridge so they’re ready in the morning.
How long can I leave filled macarons on the counter?
This will depend on what you used to fill them with. If it’s not shelf stable you have to keep that in mind! Of course during an afternoon (indoors) of being enjoyed they’re fine, but if they need to set overnight or a day, the fridge is best.
A bit more:
Macarons are best eaten at room temperature! Keep this in mind and if you’re selling them, be sure to let your clients know the proper procedure on how long they’re good setting out.
As always, (especially with macarons) have fun, be creative, and NEVER give up! These little cookies can be a real pain but they are a tasty one!
Where I get some of my favorite macaron storage containers:
- Clamshells: MrTakeOutBags
- Slider Boxes: BRPBoxShop
- Airtight Containers: These are amazing!
- Zip Bags: These work great!
- Deep Freezer: This one is perfect to dedicate to macarons!
Here is another great post to read! >>>> Storing & Freezing Sugar Cookies