Macarons are delicate and need to be stored properly. The best way to store the macarons is to place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge or in the freezer.
Macarons won’t last long at room temperature. Also, they will dry and start to fall apart within hours if not placed into an airtight container in the fridge.
How to Store macarons overnight
Macarons need to be stored in the fridge in air-tight containers overnight. To keep macarons as moist as they should be, it’s important to limit the amount of air exposure they receive. Macarons last for a few hours at room temperature and up to one week in the fridge.
If you don’t have a fridge to place the macarons in, you can also place them into an air-tight container and store them on the balcony, on the terrace, or in the car. But only when the temperatures outside are lower than the room temperature.
Also, you need to prevent direct sunlight on the macarons. If that happens, the macaron filling will melt quickly and your macarons can be ruined.
How to store empty macaron shells in the fridge
Macarons need to be refrigerated or frozen to last longer than a few hours.
Storing empty macaron shells in the fridge is easy – place them into an air-tight container. Place the parchment paper sheets between every layer – it is highly recommended because it prevents the shells from sticking together.
TIP: Empty macaron shells last up to seven days in the fridge when placed into an airtight container.
The best containers for storing macarons are large square-shaped air-tight containers. These containers fit many macarons and don’t take up much space in your refrigerator.
How to store macarons with filling
This is a tricky one – as there are many different macaron fillings, there also are many different ways how to store them.
I am going with the most popular macaron fillings and tell you everything about storing them. If you don’t find the answer to your question in this post, feel free to ask in the comments!
How to store macarons with fresh berries filling
If you are using fresh berries inside or on top of your macarons, the retention period is very short. You definitely need to store macarons with berries inside in an air-tight container in the fridge.
It depends a little on what berries are you using, but I suggest you serve this kind of macarons on the same day as you make them and put them together.
If you are making raspberry vanilla macarons with fresh raspberries, you should serve them within a few hours. Raspberries are very watery, especially if you cut them in half, and they start to make the macaron shells soggy.
If you are making macarons with fresh blueberries, you can serve them the next day as well. But make sure to not cut the berries in half if you are not serving them within a few hours.
How to store macarons with buttercream filling
Buttercream as a macaron filling is the easiest, safest, and most comfortable way to fill your macarons. Buttercream holds its shape well, lasts long, and won’t make the macaron shells soggy.
Storing the macarons with buttercream filling is easy – pack your filled macarons into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to one week.
How to store macarons with chocolate ganache filling
Using chocolate ganache as a macaron filling is also a great idea. Like buttercream, chocolate ganache also holds its shape perfectly, it lasts longer and won’t wet the macaron shells. It is not as easy to make as buttercream but is not hard also.
Macarons filled with chocolate ganache can also last up to 7 days in the fridge. Make sure you are using air-tight containers!
Enjoy your macarons!