This Is The Right Way To Store Mochi

When one hears the word cake, rice likely isn't the first thing to come to mind, but mochi has set the standard for rice cakes very high. This is no puffed rice cake you once topped with peanut butter, the Japanese treat is made from glutinous rice. Making mochi certainly isn't the easiest endeavor, as it does take quite a bit of time to make from scratch (via Just One Cookbook). 

To create mochi using the traditional method, The Spruce Eats says steamed rice is pounded into a paste by one person, while another turns and sprinkles the forming dough with water. The dough is then molded into small shapes once smooth. Just One Cookbook shares a less demanding recipe for homemade mochi made using rice flour instead of freshly cooked rice, but warns would-be confectioners that the dough created using this method is incredibly sticky. Mochi is a delicate delight that requires patience, but it's definitely worth it for that sweet, unique taste and chew — now if only storing mochi was as simple as eating it.

Mochi for days

With mochi's soft and rather sticky consistency, it's typically eaten as soon as it's ready. While we usually don't find it to be a challenge to devour heaps of mochi in one sitting, if your stomach begins to catch up with your eyes, you may need to store some for tomorrow in order to avoid a serious food coma. Unfortunately, if fresh mochi is left out on the counter or in the refrigerator, it will start to harden and dry out within a day or two. Not only will the treats become unenjoyable and difficult to eat, but mochi can also begin to mold if left at room temperature. In other words, fresh mochi will quickly ruin if it's not stored properly, and we don't want that (via The Spruce Eats).

In order to ensure mochi's delicious flavors and unique texture make it to your plate, steer clear of the refrigerator or countertop and store these Japanese treats in the freezer. Considering the time and dedication required to create the perfect mochi, it would be a shame to ruin your chance at any leftovers. Put a smile on everyone in your home's face with a freezer full of fresh, tasty mochi.