I went on a bit of a granola bender the other week for reasons best left between me and my obsessive brain. The upshot of this, as you can probably guess, was that I ended up with a lot of granola sitting on my counter. After foisting jars of it onto my friends and snacking on it every afternoon, I still had more granola than I could conceivably eat before it went stale. The solution? Freeze it.
I checked in with our resident granola guru, Megan Gordon, and she responded in no uncertain terms, "Yes! Freeze that stuff!"
To freeze granola, just package it in an airtight container with as little empty space as possible. If you have a vacuum sealer, all the better. Freeze it for no longer than three months for best quality, and let it sit out on the counter overnight before using.
Megan said that sometimes dried fruits can get a little hard when frozen and thawed, but other than that, the granola is fine. If you're planning ahead, just wait to toss the granola with the dried fruit until you're ready to eat it.
I love it when there's a simple solution to a problem like this! Knowing that granola freezes well also means we can plan ahead and stash some away for busy weeks, spontaneous weekend trips, and overnight guests.
Any other granola-saving tips to share?
(Image: Emma Christensen)