5 Best Ways to Store Banana Bread (Keep It Fresh Long)

There’s nothing more disappointing than pulling out a loaf of banana bread from the freezer or refrigerator after a long day, only to realize that it has gone bad. But this doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of ways to store banana bread that will keep it fresh and tasty for days or even weeks. By using these simple ideas, you can ensure your favorite banana bread recipe lasts as long as possible—without having to resort to the freezer.

If you’re wondering how to store banana bread without plastic, there are a few options. Use glass containers, metal tins, or even resealable plastic bags. All three of these ideas will keep your bread fresh for days—without any plastic.

Knowing the ingredients of Banana Bread

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

Before considering how to store banana bread, it is necessary to examine the ingredients. Looking at the ingredients in the bread can actually help you determine how long it will last.

For additional information on preserving the freshness of common baking materials, see my page on storing common baking ingredients.

The majority of the ingredients in banana bread are common to most fast breads (check out this post to learn more about quick breads in general). The dry ingredients are flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices, while the wet ingredients are eggs, oil or butter, milk, ripe bananas, and maybe an extract.

When evaluating shelf life, you should focus on the wet ingredients because they contain the greatest moisture and are thus most prone to degrade first.

When selecting ingredients, one thing to keep in mind is to select the most ripe bananas possible. You want to use bananas that are starting to turn brown or are already fairly brown.

As bananas ripen, the carbohydrates in the fruit convert to sugar, making them naturally sweeter and more suitable for use in bread. The more ripe your bananas, the more tasty your bread!

Tips: How to Quickly Ripen a Banana

If none of your bananas are quite ripe, there are a few methods for hastening the ripening process. These methods are far superior to simply waiting a week (or more) for that banana to become brown!

The first approach is to set the banana, still in its skin, on a sheet tray and bake it at 300 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until the banana is totally brown. Allow the banana to cool before scooping it out and using it in your bread!

You could also place the bananas in a brown paper bag and seal it. Bananas emit ethylene as they ripen, and being wrapped in a bag traps the ethylene, allowing the banana to ripen faster.

It may still take a day or two for the banana to ripen in the bag, but that’s far better than waiting a week or more!

Tips: Banana Bread Wrapping

After baking your banana bread, make sure you wrap it tightly to keep it fresh. Allow your banana bread to completely cool before covering it.

Wrapping a warm loaf of bread will trap the heat, resulting in wetness on the outside of the bread and a soggy loaf.

Cool the bread completely before wrapping it in the manner specified by your storage technique (read on to see how to wrap banana bread depending on where it will be stored).

How to Keep Banana Bread Fresh

Store Banana Bread
Store Banana Bread

It all boils down to how soon you believe you’ll eat banana bread when deciding how to store it. Let’s look at the finest storage options in order of shortest to longest life.

1 – Countertop Banana Bread Storage

While the refrigerator and freezer are great ways to prolong the life of your banana bread, it’s best to keep it out on the counter at room temperature. The ambient heat will help to keep the bread fresh, and if you cover it tightly with foil or plastic wrap, it’ll stay fresh for several days.

Most quick breads should be stored at room temperature on your counter. When left on the counter, the bread will remain soft and moist, taste exactly as it did when it was taken out of the oven.

Bread placed on the counter, on the other hand, will only last around 4 days. Because the bread contains ripe bananas, it will be extremely moist. Mold can grow quickly in the presence of moisture and the proper (or incorrect) air temperature around food.

Keep an eye on your bread and check it or place it in the refrigerator after a few days. The best option is probably to consume it before this happens—which shouldn’t be difficult!

When storing banana bread on the counter, place it in a plastic storage container with a locking lid. This will give the banana bread some breathing room and keep it from becoming mushy (which can happen when wrapped in plastic wrap).

A piece of paper towel or a napkin should also be placed in the container with the bread. The napkin will absorb any excess moisture in the container, keeping the bread fresh and mold-free for an extended period of time!

2 – Store It in the Fridge

If you’re planning to eat your banana bread within a few days, make sure to keep it in the fridge. The cold temperatures will help preserve the freshness of the bread, and it will taste just as fresh as it did when you first pulled it out of the oven.

The one thing to watch out for with refrigerator storage is condensation. If your bread starts to get condensation on the surface, either remove it from the fridge or put a paper towel over the top of the bread. The condensation can cause mold or yeast growth, which will ruin your bread.

To keep your bread fresh in the fridge, you can also wrap it in aluminum foil or place it in a resealable plastic bag. Make sure that you press out any excess air before sealing up the bag. This will help prevent mold from developing on the surface of the bread.

3 – Freeze It

If you’re not ready to eat the banana bread yet and don’t want to keep it in the fridge, you can freeze it instead. Unlike the refrigerator, the freezer preserves the texture and freshness of foods instead of just slowing down their spoilage. The best way to freeze bread is to slice it first, then place the slices in a resealable plastic freezer bag. This will allow you to easily pull out just how many slices you want at a time.

With this method, you can keep your loaf of banana bread frozen for up to three months before its quality begins to suffer. Simply defrost it overnight in the refrigerator before eating. You may need to give it a few minutes out of the refrigerator before serving, as it will be very cold and firm straight from the freezer.

When storing banana bread in any type of container besides plastic, make sure that you don’t tightly pack the loaf into the container. Leave room around it so that it has plenty of oxygen to ensure that it stays fresh and moist for as long as possible.

4 – Make a Double Batch

One of the best ways to store banana bread is to make a double batch. Chop up the loaves, wrap well in plastic, and freeze them individually. You can then pull out one loaf at a time, slice it, and pop it into the toaster or oven to defrost.

This method will keep your bread fresh for up to two months in the freezer, and it’s super convenient if you want a slice of toast with breakfast or want to make a grilled cheese sandwich at lunch. The only downside is that you need some space in the freezer. But if you have room, this is a great way to keep your favorite banana bread recipe fresh for as long as possible.

When you’re ready to eat your frozen banana bread, simply thaw it overnight in the refrigerator or slice it and pop it into the oven or toaster for a few minutes until it has defrosted. You can also heat slices in a skillet over low heat until warmed through. But be careful not to let them burn!

5 – Use Plastic Wrap or Reusable Plastic Bags

When it comes to storing banana bread in the refrigerator, this is one of the easiest things to do. Simply wrap the loaf in plastic wrap or place it in a resealable plastic bag, and then pop it into the fridge. The plastic will help keep moisture away from the bread, which will help prevent mold.

Plastic wrap can be a bit tricky when it comes to banana bread because it sticks to the moist pieces. However, you can avoid this by spraying the plastic wrap with nonstick cooking spray before you place the loaf inside of it. This will keep the plastic wrap from sticking to the bread and make it easier to remove later.

Reusable plastic bags are also an option for refrigerator storage. However, you’ll want to be sure you’re using bags that are BPA-free, since there is a chance that BPA could leach into your banana bread. BPA exposure has been linked to a number of health issues, so consider looking for reusable bags that don’t contain BPA or other harmful chemicals.

How Long Does Banana Bread Last?

As mentioned above, the answer to this question depends on the method you use to store the bread. If you store it in the fridge in a glass jar, you can expect it to last anywhere from three to five days. If you keep it in the freezer, it will last for up to three months. And if you store it in the pantry, it should stay fresh for one to two weeks.

If you opt for plastic storage, your bread will last for about three days in the fridge and about three months in the freezer. But as soon as you take it out of the plastic wrap or bag, it will start going bad. You can extend this time by using one of the other storage methods outlined above.

If your banana bread is nearing its expiration date, slice and freeze individual pieces that are ready to eat and eat them throughout the week. This way, you always have a healthy snack option at your fingertips—and you won’t be tempted by unhealthy choices.

Bottom line

The best way to store banana bread is to keep it in a cool, dry place to maximize its shelf-life. If you need to store it for an extended period of time, consider freezing it, or even wrapping it in plastic wrap and foil. If you’re looking for a more convenient way to store your banana bread, the refrigerator is a great option as well. All of these methods will help ensure that your banana bread remains fresh and delicious for as long as possible. No matter which method you choose, be sure to enjoy your homemade banana bread while it’s still fresh!