Learning how to store cooked boba is very important especially considering the fact that it turns bad easily. It can be used to make drinks and desserts and it is actually packed with a number of nutrients. Below are a few methods that you can use to store leftover cooked boba. Carefully follow them for the best results.
What is boba?
Boba are tiny balls that are made using cassava starch. They are also referred to as tapioca pearls. Boba is famous because it is an ingredient in the famous bubble tea which originated in Taiwan. It adds a chewy gummy texture to the drink and also a lot of flavour.
How to store cooked boba
Store cooked boba at room temperature
NB: you can only use this method if you are storing your cooked boba for 4 hours. After that the cooked boba will start to turn bad.
When storing leftover cooked boba at room temperature you need to find an airtight container. The next thing is to place the cooked boba in an air tight container and add a simple sugar syrup to the container. This syrup will help to keep the cooked boba soft. Once you have added the syrup close the container and store at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Make sure you do not keep it for more than 4 hours since it will start to turn bad.
Store cooked boba in the fridge
NB: this method only preserves cooked boba for 36 hours. Therefore you need to eat your leftover cooked boba within that time frame to avoid disappointment.
To store cooked boba in the fridge you need to immense it in a simple sugar syrup. This will help to keep it soft. In order to do this, take the cooked boba and place it in a bowl together with the simple sugar syrup. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap then transfer the cooked boba into the fridge. If you have an air tight container then you can always place the cooked boba in an air tight container and store it in the fridge. Make sure you use the leftover cooked boba within 36 hours. After that the cooked boba will start to harden and turn crunchy in the middle which is not good at all.
Store cooked boba in the freezer
NB: this is the best method for storing leftover cooked boba. This is because it really extends the shelf life of the cooked boba for up to 6 months.
In order to store leftover cooked boba in the freezer you need to start by dividing it into smaller meal portions. This will help you in the long run since all you have to do is defrost one portion instead of the whole batch. When you have divided the cooked boba, the next thing is to place them in freezer bags. Take out as much air as possible from the freezer bag before sealing. You can use a vacuum sealer for this job. Label the bag with the date in which you are placing it in the freezer. This will help you to recall when it’s most likely to expire. The last stage is to place the cooked boba in the freezer. It will last for 6 months in the freezer.
How to make a simple syrup for cooked boba
If you are storing your boba at room temperature or in the fridge you need to ensure that they are submerged in a syrup. This will help to keep them soft. In order to make the syrup you have to combine equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan. Stir them frequently on a stove until the sugar dissolves. When the sugar dissolves your syrup will be ready. This is the syrup that you can pour onto your cooked boba before storing it.
How to defrost cooked boba
In order to use frozen cooked boba you have to start by defrosting it. To do this you can let it thaw overnight in the fridge. However, if you had forgotten to thaw it overnight there is actually an easier method that you can use. This method involves using boiling water. In order to defrost the cooked boba using boiling water you simply need to take your cooked boba out of the fridge and submerge it in hot water. Make sure that the cooked boba is still in the freezer bag. The cooked boba will start to defrost within a few minutes. When the cooked boba has defrosted you can use them any way that you want.
How to store uncooked boba
Boba comes in a sealed package which should be stored in a cool dry area. If you place them in the refrigerator they will start to draw moisture from the refrigerator which will cause them to turn bad. However, once you have opened boba you need to place it in an air tight container and keep it away from moisture. You can also store the uncooked boba in a plastic bag which you should seal tightly to prevent moisture and air from getting inside. It is important to know that uncooked boba should never be stored in the refrigerator unless the packaging specifies otherwise. In order to enjoy the best quality of uncooked boba try using them within 2 days after opening.
Shelf life of uncooked boba
Boba that is uncooked can last for years in the cupboard if left unopened. However, once opened they start to slowly deteriorate. That is why it is advised to use them all, once opened. Boba also comes with an expiration date so always check to see if they are still okay.
Cooked boba can be stored using various methods. The freezer is actually the best method to use. This is mainly because it really extends the shelf life of leftover cooked boba. The article above has highlighted some of the methods that you can use to defrost your cooked boba so that it is easier to use.