Sometimes, regular toast and jam is simply not what you want for breakfast. Scones offer a delicious alternative to the regular toast and jam routine. Scones are a quick and easy bread to make and only take around 30 minutes from putting the dough together to taking them out of the oven, before they are on your plate and ready to eat. While scones are ideal just out of the oven, keeping scones to eat on a day when you do not have the time to bake, is also an option. Whether you decide to keep your scones out on the counter, in the refrigerator or in the freezer, each place has a maximum keeping time before the scones become too dry and are no longer any good.
Decide when you are going to eat your scones. When you plan to eat the scones is what decides where you keep them. The counter has the least amount of holding time at about two days, while the refrigerator keeps scones fresh for about a week, and the freezer keeps scones fresh for about two months.
Wrap the scones. Whether you decide to keep the scones at room temperature on the counter or in the refrigerator, wrap the scones in plastic wrap or foil to prevent them from drying out. Zip up plastic bags are also ideal in preventing scones from drying out. For scones that are going in the freezer, they must be wrapped in plastic wrap or foil and then placed in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn.
Place the scones in a safe place. When keeping scones at room temperature, make sure they are not sitting in an area that gets warm or hot, such as on top of the oven. More heat dries the scones out and makes them hard. Keep the scones wrapped at all times to prevent drying out.
Using odor repelling zip bags ensures that your scones do not absorb scents from other food while they are in the refrigerator.
The more butter that a scone recipe calls for, the longer they stay fresh.
After two months in the freezer, scones may lose their quality.
A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.