How to Store Banana Bread
The soft, delicious taste and smell of banana bread sets the tone for a great morning coffee or warm afternoon inside on a stormy day. Unfortunately, if you don't eat it all right away, it goes bad in only a couple days.
Banana bread should always be kept in plastic wrap, tin foil or an airtight container to keep it from drying out or going bad even faster.
You can extend the life of your banana bread up to about a week by refrigerating it. Just as keeping it in a pantry, it needs to be wrapped tightly.
The good thing about banana bread is that it freezes well for up to three months. If you'd like to freeze your banana bread, it is suggested to use freezer wrap or a heavy freezer bag.
A good tip for your banana bread experience is to always take the bread out of the pan almost immediately after it comes out of the oven. The longer you leave your bread in the pan it was cooked in, the soggier the bottom of the bread will become. It is best to cool it on a cooling rack or improvise like I do. I don’t have a cooling rack for baked goods, though I intend to get one in the future, as they are very handy. When I take my banana bread out of the oven, I let it cool for about ten minutes before I run a butter knife around the edges of the bread, against the pan and tip the pan upside down, letting the bread slide slowly onto a large plate. I let the bread cool upside down. The bread holds together much nicer if you don’t let the bottom get too soft, therefore it is easier to slice and eat. You should always let your bread cool completely before storing it to avoid even faster molding from the condensation of warm bread.
In my opinion, the best step-by-step process for storing banana bread long term would be as follows:
- After taking your bread out of the oven, let it cool completely.
- Slice your bread into generous pieces for eating.
- Eat a slice.
- Wrap a few slices together in pieces of plastic wrap cut about twice their size, very carefully and tightly.
- But leave a couple slices out, and eat another one.
- Slide the plastic wrapped bread into the bottom of a large, heavy freezer bag. Gently press any excess air out of the baggy as you carefully close the seal.
- Eat one more slice.
- Double check that your bag is sealed completely.
- Put it in the refrigerator or freezer. (Unless you’re like me, and your banana bread doesn’t last that long due to eating. Then you can store it in the pantry or leave it on a counter, still nicely wrapped so it can stay nice and fresh.)