Does Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated – To Chill or Not to Chill?

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Apple crisp is a sweet delicious dessert to make – it’s also super easy to prepare and store! That said, keeping your apple crisp crispy may be a challenge. As a result of wanting to preserve the texture, many people often ask – does apple crisp need to be refrigerated?

Let’s talk about it – if apple crisp needs to be refrigerated to be safe to eat later. I’ll also share some tips I’ve learned to keep apple crisp quality good, for as long as possible.

Does Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated?

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Does Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated

Fresh apple crisp straight from the oven does not need placing in the fridge straight away. In fact, you may actually not be doing your apple crisp any good if you do put it in the fridge straight away!

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If you put this dessert straight in the fridge after it comes out of the oven, you will not get the same crunchy top layer. Compare it to if you let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Does an apple crisp need to be refrigerated to be stored? When it has cooled from the oven and storing it can actually preserve the crunch on the top layer of your apple crisp for longer. 6 degrees Celsius is the perfect temperature to make sure that the apple crisp still states and stays good for up to 6 days.

Freezing your apple crisp is the best bet if you want it to stay good for the longest amount possible.

Does Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated After Baking

The quick answer is no, after you bake apple crisp it does not need to be put in the fridge straight away!

But it might be a good idea to place it in the fridge for 10 minutes for the yeast to do its magic.

Although you do not need to put apple crisp in the fridge straight away for safety reasons, placing your apple crisp once you have baked it could help shape the dish. The cold temperature can help the yeast and baking powder combine well when making apple crisp.

Does Apple Crisp Pie Need To Be Refrigerated

The quick answer is no, you do not need to refrigerate your apple crisp pie if you are going to consume it within two days. There are some perks of refrigerating your apple crisp pie which may make it worth refrigerating.

Refrigerating your apple crisp pie can not only make it have a longer shelf life of up to 6 days but can also create more flavor. Refrigerating the apple crisp while cooking can help the dough develop which is essential for making apple crisp pie. When refrigerated, the yeast works with microorganisms to create a stronger flavor. The longer the dough for the apple crisp pie is left in the fridge, the more the yeast will develop and allow the pie to taste better.

Does Leftover Apple Crisp Need To Be Refrigerated

The United States Department of Agriculture advises that any fruit filling that has been prepared with sugar can be safely left out at room temperature and will be safe to eat for the following two days.

This means that you can leave your leftover apple crisp out of the refrigerator as long as you think you can consume all the leftovers within two days. If you are going to eat it within the two day time period then it is safe to leave it out of the refrigerator.

We advise you to store it in the refrigerator if you would like to eat it after the two day period.

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Freezing Baked Apple Crisp

If you’ve got leftover baked apple crisp, freezing is a fantastic option to maintain its quality and taste. You can enjoy your delicious dessert weeks or even months down the line.

  1. First, let your baked apple crisp cool completely to room temperature. This prevents condensation from forming inside the packaging, which can lead to soggy or freezer-burned results.
  2. Once cooled, wrap the apple crisp tightly in aluminum foil, making sure to remove as much air as possible. For an extra layer of protection, place the foil-wrapped dessert in an airtight container or freezer bag. This double-wrapping method helps prevent freezer burn and preserves the texture and flavor of your apple crisp.
  3. Label the container or bag with the date, so you can keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer. Baked apple crisp can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  4. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen apple crisp, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This gradual thawing process helps maintain the texture of the dessert.
  5. To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the foil and place the apple crisp in an oven-safe dish. If the crisp topping looks a bit dry, you can sprinkle a tablespoon or two of water over it to help it moisten during reheating.
  6. Bake the apple crisp for 20-30 minutes, or until it’s heated through and the topping is crisp and golden. The exact reheating time may vary depending on the size and depth of your dish.

How Long Does Apple Crisp Last in the Freezer?

The Freezer Life of Apple Crisp

Generally, a properly stored apple crisp can last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Maintaining a consistent freezer temperature of 0°F (-18°C) or below is crucial for preventing bacterial growth and preserving quality.

Packaging Techniques for Prolonged Freshness

Wrap the cooled crisp tightly in plastic wrap, followed by aluminum foil. For extra protection, place the wrapped crisp in a freezer-safe container or resealable bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing.

Ingredients like dairy products or oats in the topping may affect the freezer life and texture of your apple crisp. However, a well-packaged crisp stored in a properly functioning freezer will still taste delicious for up to 3 months. To enjoy your frozen dessert, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it in the oven to restore some of its original crunch and warmth.

Making Apple Crisp Ahead of Time

Save time by getting your apple crisp ready ahead of time without baking it. Bake whenever you want it – like if you have surprise visitors!

Putting Together Your Apple Crisp for Freezing

Get your apples ready and mixing them with sugar, spices, and a little flour or cornstarch to make the juice thicker. In a different bowl, mix your crisp topping ingredients until they are crumbly. Put the apple filling and topping in layers in a container that can go in the freezer. Press down gently so everything is evenly spread out. Cover the container tightly with plastic wrap, then add a layer of aluminum foil. This will keep freezer burn away and keep your crisp fresh.

Tips for Freezing and Storing

Choose a container that can go in the freezer and the oven. This way, you can move your crisp straight from the freezer to the oven without having to thaw it or put it in a different dish. Shallow, wide containers are best because they help the crisp cook evenly and make sure the topping gets crispy. Remember to write the date and baking instructions on your crisp so you can enjoy it easily later!


When you’re ready, take off the plastic wrap and foil and put the container right into a heated oven.

Baking times will be different depending on how big your dish is, but plan to add about 20-30 minutes to the regular baking time since your crisp is frozen.

How Do You Store And Reheat Apple Crisp?

What is the best way of storing apple crisp?

No matter if you store your apple crisp at room temperature, in the fridge or in the freezer, wrapping your apple crisp up properly is key. It is best to use plastic food wrap when protecting your apple crisp before placing it in the fridge or freezer. Plastic wrap can actually help preserve the food as it will protect the apple crisp from moisture. Plastic wrap can also protect the apple crisp from water and other elements that can affect the quality of the apple crisp. If water or pests got to the apple crisp, it could make the apple crisp dangerous to eat.

Reheating apple crisp is super simple and very easy – it can also give your leftovers some flavor back.

There are two easy ways of reheating apple crisp: using the oven and using the microwave. Both have their perks and both have their weaknesses.

To me, the oven is the best way to reheat your apple crisp. This method adds crunch back, when fridge storage can result in unpleasant sogginess. The microwave can damage the apple crisp’s texture, too, by making it very soggy. Although the microwave can be very quick.

The choice of which way to reheat your apple crisp relies on what is important to you – time or texture.

To reheat your apple crisp in the microwave:

  • Step 1: Place the apple crisp in a microwave oven safe bowl. Place the apple crisp into the microwave oven and reheat it for one minute.
  • Step 2: Check to see if the apple crisp is warm. If you would like it to be hotter, place the apple crisp back into the microwave oven. Heat for another one minute. The apple crisp does not need to reach a certain temperature to be safe to consume. The temperature is whatever you desire it to be.
  • Step 3: Once the apple is crisp is up to the desired temperature, you can serve.

To reheat your apple crisp in the oven:

  • Step 1: Place your leftover apple crisp in a baking tray.
  • Step 2: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 3: Once the oven is up to temperature, place the apple crisp in the oven. Reheat for 15 minutes or until the top layer of the apple crisp is golden brown.
  • Step 4: Allow to cool and serve.

How to Tell if Your Apple Crisp Has Gone Bad

If the topping gets soggy or the apples turn mushy, it’s time to toss it out. A sour or funny smell is another sign that your crisp has spoiled. You might also see mold or weird colors on top. If you notice any of these things, it’s best to play it safe and throw the dessert away.

Apple Crisp Storage FAQs

How Long Does Apple Crisp Last?

Apple crisp can last up to 5 to 6 days if stored correctly. Once you have baked your apple crisp you can initially store it at room temperature. At room temperature your apple crisp can last up to 2 days. If you store your apple crisp correctly in the fridge it can be good for up to 5 to 6 days after baking. Your apple crisp will stay good for up to 6 days if it is stored in an airtight container. This will allow your apple crisp not to come into contact with moisture, which is what will make your apple crisp start to turn moldy.

Can Apple Crisp Be Stored At Room Temperature?

Yes! You can store your apple crisp at room temperature. Your apple crisp will only last for two days if you do decide to store it at room temperature. After initially making your apple crisp, it is best to allow your apple crisp to sit at room temperature so that the top layer starts to crisp up. Permanently storing your apple crisp at room temperature will not make it last as long compared to if you have stored in it a fridge or freezer. Nevertheless, it will not be dangerous for you to store your apple crisp at room temperature for a short period of time.

How Do You Keep Apple Crisp From Getting Soggy

If you store your apple crisp correctly, you can prevent it from turning soggy. To store your apple crisp properly, you can cover it in paper towels or plastic wrap. Make sure to cover the whole of the top of the apple crisp with paper towels and plastic wrap to protect your apple crisp. Once you have correctly covered your apple crisp, leave your apple crisp at room temperature. This will stop your apple crisp from coming into contact with moisture.

If this still does not work and your apple crisp  has turned soggy, you can reheat it in the oven to crisp up the top layer. To do this preheat your oven to 300 degree Fahrenheit and place your apple crisp in an oven safe dish. Heat your apple crisp for 10 minutes or until the top of the apple crisp  starts to turn a golden brown. This will help your soggy apple crisp to turn crunchy again.

How Long Can Apple Crisp Stay Out?

Apple crisp is safe to leave out of the fridge for up to 2 days, as long as it is in a dry place. It is best to leave your apple crisp out in a cool, dry area such as a pantry or a cupboard. It is best to cover your apple crisp with either a lid of cling film so that you prevent any dust or pests getting to the apple crisp. Covering your apple crisp while it is out of the fridge will also prevent it from drying out or going moldy.

It Is Best To Store Your Apple Crisp In The Fridge

You do not need to store your apple crisp in the fridge after baking but it may be worth it. Storing your apple crisp in the fridge can extend its shelf life by 3 to 4 days. It can allow your apple crisp to still have a crunchy top layer. It is safe to store your apple crisp at room temperature. However, it will only stay good for up to 2 days. You can also freeze your apple crisp which can extend its shelf life for even longer.

Do you store your apple crisp in the fridge? What is the best way to store your apple crisp?

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