Whether you’ve purchased your Turkish delight from a store or tried your hand at making it yourself, unless you plan to eat it all in one sitting, then you’ll need to find a place to store it. Anyone who has ever stored Turkish delight incorrectly before knows how easily it likes to turn into a puddle of syrup. Here are our top tips to help you keep your Turkish delight fresh.
Turkish Delight Hates Temperature Change
As far as candy goes, Turkish delight is one of the fussiest kinds to store. It hates temperature change and will show its disapproval by transforming into a sticky puddle at a moment's notice. For this reason, it is essential to store your Turkish delight somewhere that will maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day, like in the cupboard or pantry.
Fresh Turkish Delight Will Sweat
One of the biggest mistakes people make when storing their Turkish delight is that they do not account for it sweating. If Turkish delight is allowed to sweat and is inside a plastic container, then it will simply start to dissolve itself. To help prevent your homemade Turkish delight from sweating, allow it to air dry for at least 24 hours before giving it its final dusting of sugar or cornflour and then transferring it to a metal storage container or a paper bag.
Turkish Delight Pieces Will Stick To One Another
Even with a liberal dusting of powdered sugar or cornflour, Turkish delight pieces will tend to stick together unless separated by pieces of greaseproof paper. To keep your Turkish delight as pieces and not as a sticky mass, place a sheet of greaseproof paper between each layer in your storage container and allow a little room between each piece.
Don’t Store Your Turkish Delight In The Fridge
Although it’s important to keep your Turkish delight cool, don’t store it in the fridge. Your refrigerator will draw more moisture out of your Turkish delight, causing it to sweat even after it has stabilized at room temperature. Turkish delight is best stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. The only instance where Turkish delight is better stored in the fridge is if you live in an extremely hot climate.
Turkish Delight Is Best Eaten Fresh
Although store-bought Turkish delight is often given a long use-by date, fresh Turkish delight, especially delight made at home, is always best eaten while fresh. Consuming your Turkish delight quickly, within a week or so of making it, will reduce the chances of it sweating and spoiling, and it often tastes better too.
So there you have it. Hopefully, with these tips, you’re able to successfully store your fresh Turkish delight for another day.