This Microwave Trick Will Bring Your Stale Muffins Back To Life

Have we ever expressed how much we love muffins? Sweet, fluffy, and basically a dessert that's socially acceptable to eat as breakfast — muffins are easy to make at home even if you're not the most accomplished baker. We love muffins so much, we've even got recipes for everything from blueberry muffins to coffee cake muffins. However, there's one potential downside to this delicious treat. 

Typically, they're made in batches of 12, because that's how many a standard muffin tin holds. And as delicious as these pastries are, sometimes we just don't get around to eating them fast enough, and they go stale. In order to avoid this sad, sad fate, we recommend cooling muffins completely and then storing them in the freezer — that way, you can just pop them out one at a time and reheat them in the toaster oven. But if you forgot to plan ahead, never fear, there's an easy way to freshen stale muffins, and it involves the trusty microwave.

What can't a microwave do?

Because muffins are so darn delicious, it's a rare day when we allow a batch we've prepared or picked up at our favorite bakery to go stale. But occasionally, it does happen, and that's when we turn to this trick we learned about over at Leaf TV. All you do is wet a paper towel, wrap it around your muffin, and then reheat in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. 

Alternatively, if you feel like heating up your oven, you can go that route for freshening up your muffin. This method involves sprinkling the muffin in question with a bit of water, popping it in a paper bag, and putting it in the oven for five to 10 seconds, per Country Living. Either way, your once-stale muffin will emerge perfectly fluffy and fresh, its moistness restored by that little sprinkle of water, which turns to steam in the heat. We trust that this trick will bring your muffins back to life — whether you're reviving a batch of pumpkin muffins, fudgy chocolate-zucchini muffins, or tart cranberry muffins.