If there's one question I get more than any other, it's "How long will the granola stay fresh?" Hey, I get it. Here in western NC, it's humid...really humid. Our climate is a challenge for just about any baked good, including granola. Especially granola. Why? We like it CRUNCHY. I like to hear it from across the table. It's literally music to my ears.
So, from a the head flamingo herself, here are my tips for keeping your granola fresh:
1. Make sure you buy it fresh. At Happy-Go-Lucky Foods, you get the freshest granola imaginable. But, if you buy other brand or make it yourself, make sure you seal it up ASAP.
2. Use an air-tight container. I always like mason jars, weck jars for smaller portions. For larger portions, I really like glass Montana jar from Anchor Hocking. We use the 2.5 gallon size for our farmer's market display, but they come in smaller sizes as well. And we even have some customers with old school storage containers that work really well...just make sure they're food safe!
3. If you have too much, you can freeze it! Once again, make sure you're using an air-tight container, but freezing granola can be a great way to preserve it for later consumption. I've tested this myself, and it works just fine!
4. Finally, if you find that your granola has gone to the less-than-crunchy side, you can put it back in the oven! To re-toast granola using this method, pop it into a 225 F oven for 15 minutes or so, and shut the oven off. Let it cool inside of the oven before removing it and storing it again. Don't put the granola into a container until it's completely cooled. If you rush this, moisture will build up inside of the sealed container, and you'll end up back where you started...soggy granola land. And nobody wants that.