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QUESTION: I am setting up a retail outlet for my macaron business. Do the cases need to be refridgerated, or can I hold at room temperature.

ANSWER: Hi Earl,

Normally, macarons are refrigerated after assembling to maintain freshness.  Commercial bakers of macarons usually display and sell them refrigerated since they tend to dry out rather quickly at room temperature.

I suggest you sell them refrigerated and let your patrons know that keeping them refrigerated in an air-tight container will keep them fresh for up to a week.  If they freeze them they should remain fresh for up to 6 months if packaged in an air-tight container. At room temperature macarons only remain fresh up to 12 hours.

Good luck with your business.

Carol

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QUESTION: At what temperature and humidity setting do I need the cases at.

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Earl -- I have contacted a professional macaron business to see if they can shed some light on what temperature and humidity setting they use in their operation.  When I get a reply I'll let you know.

In the meantime, check out this website with lots of FAQ's on making macarons:

http://foodnouveau.com/2011/12/destinations/europe/france/a-macaron-troubleshoot

Carol

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Carol Schlitt

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I can answer questions on home food safety, sanitation and home food preservation.

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I am a former Extension educator, nutrition, wellness and food safety, having retired August 1, 2010. I am a food safety instructor for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a ServSafe Instructor/Proctor and have my own company, Safe & Savory Solutions, Inc - www.safeandsavorysolution.com

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National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Past President and current Historian), St. Louis Culinary Society.

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BS - University of Illinois MS - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

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