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Kitchen Tip: How to Store Marshmallows

By on June 24, 2008
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Kitchen Tip: How to Store Marshmallows

Have you ever taken a bag of marshmallows out of your pantry or cabinet, only to find they were like little hard rocks?  Do you wonder what is the right way to store marshmallows so they don’t get hard? You’re not the only one!  While marshmallows aren’t food items most people stockpile, it can be frustrating to find them hardened when you do need to use them for a recipe.

Problem: “Marshmallows are difficult to keep from hardening, even with the bag unopened.  How should I store marshmallows to preserve the freshness?”

Solution: The proper way to store marshmallows to preserve their freshness and soft spongy texture is to keep them in the freezer.  When you are ready to use them, remove from the freezer and let them thaw out at room temperature.  After they have thawed, they’ll be just the same way that you bought them – soft!

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  1. Lynn

    June 24, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I am going to have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Home Ever After

    July 10, 2008 at 10:37 am

    @Lynn: You’re welcome!

    Homemaker Barbi

  3. Carole

    July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Wow! Thanks for the tip…will advise. I love to toast them, but, once they’ve gotten hard….ummm, not so good.

  4. Lee

    January 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Will this method of storing marshmallows also keep them from becoming one large “sticky” mass? I store them in a plastic container after opening but can never use them again due to the “sticky” mass of balled up marshmallows.

    • Danelle Ice - Home Ever After

      January 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

      @Lee: Yes, I store them this way and don’t have trouble with them sticking together. If you want to make sure, freeze them with one marshmallow in each square of an ice cube tray first. Then, once frozen, move them into a sealed ziploc freezer bag. Good luck!


  5. Wesley Ann

    February 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I love the idea, but will it work for homemade marshmallows as well? I know the store bought have a ton of preservatives in them.

    • Danelle Ice

      February 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      I’m not sure, since I’ve never made homemade marshmallows before. If you try it, will you let us know how they work out in the freezer? Thanks!

  6. Ei

    February 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    How long can/should they be stored for?

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