Heather is a home cook who loves sharing recipes and baking tips.
How to Make Banana Bread Last Longer
The delicious taste and smell of banana bread set 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 of days.
What to Keep in Mind:
- Banana bread should always be kept in plastic wrap, tin foil, or an airtight container to keep it from drying out or going bad quickly.
- You can extend the life of your banana bread up to about a week by refrigerating it. 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, use freezer wrap or a heavy freezer bag.
- 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, the soggier the bottom of the bread will become.
- It is best to cool it on a cooling rack or improvise like I do. See my process below to learn how to do it without a rack.
- You should always let your bread cool completely before storing it to prevent mold from developing faster due to the condensation of the warm bread.
My Bread-Storing Process
In my opinion, the best step-by-step process for storing banana bread long term would be as follows:
- Take the bread out of the oven and let it cool for about ten minutes. Then, run a butter knife around the edges of the pan.
- Tip the pan upside down and let the bread slide slowly onto a large plate. Cool the bread completely. The bread holds together much more nicely if you don’t let the bottom get too soft, and this makes it easier to slice and eat.
- Slice your bread into generous portions.
- Eat a slice.
- Wrap a few slices together in pieces of plastic wrap cut about twice their size. Do this very carefully and tightly.
- Leave a couple of 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 bag 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. If you’re like me and your banana bread doesn’t last that long due to eating, you can store it in the pantry or leave it on a counter. Make sure it's nicely wrapped so it can stay nice and fresh.
Sonia on March 17, 2020:
I doubled steps 4, 6 and 8 and found it much better that way. Oh and didn’t need to store any afterall ^^ Thanks for the info though, I wasn’t sure if I could keep my freshly baked banana bread out overnight; now I know it’s ok :-)
Gina Hummel on September 16, 2019:
Thank you for the smiles, much needed today!
Robin McMurchie on August 14, 2019:
You forgot to double the recipe so that you will have some left to store!
Thank you for the laugh!
Merlyn Lebard on July 14, 2019:
I have an order for 1000 small banana bread
Am a chef and I make a pretty good one
People in the neighborhood love them
So my question how do I package them so the can last at lease a week
Thank in advance for your answer
emma williams on February 13, 2019:
remember to save banana peels.. Can use them for burns, silky hair, remove brown spots on face, aphids deterrent spray, put them around rose plants, deter fleas in yard..Wash them thoroughly and eat them with the banana,,,Peels have the most nutrients. good luck with your bread..I always purposely leave a couple of bananas to brown for making bread. There are so many wonderful easy recipes on the internet..Don't have 2 eggs for some recipes, you can use applesauce and some other ingredients. Happy baking...Have some bread in oven right now.
Sarah on January 31, 2019:
Thank you for the info. I am a beginner in terms of baking, so I literally have to look up everything! This is my first time baking banana bread so thank you for the useful tips.
helloitsme on April 26, 2016:
By the time you eat all the slices, there will be nothing left to store :)
dobo700 from Australia on November 12, 2012:
Thanks for the tips, I have always found it won't last long enough in our house ;)
Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 19, 2012:
This is very useful information. Oh, how I love banana bread. I can't wait to go check out your banana bread recipe.
Sophie on May 08, 2012:
LOL, This was a fun read.. I loved the step by step section on "How I store banana bread".. punctuated with eat a slice or eat one more slice.. Useful information here. Have a lovely day.
Karen Lackey from Ohio on May 04, 2012:
I have some near dead bananas. I am going to have to check out THE banana bread recipe! Well written!
Heather Henley (author) from Buckfield, Maine on May 01, 2012:
Thanks, me too! :D
brackenb on May 01, 2012:
Useful hub - thank you, I love banana bread!