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:
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- 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.