What better way to start off the day than with a delicious slice of banana bread?
What’s even better is when that same slice is still moist and fresh, as if it just came out of the over?
Banana bread is a delicious treat that many people can enjoy at breakfast time, or any time for that matter. However, storing banana bread can be tricky. It needs to stay moist and fresh for an extended period of time.
Do you want to know how to store banana bread for ultimate freshness?
In this blog post, we will discuss the 3 different and best ways you can store banana brea.
- On the countertop for the best quality and taste
- In the refrigerator to keep for a few extra days
- Freeze it for later!
And how to keep that banana bread fresh and moist!
Can I leave banana bread out to cool overnight?
So, you have fresh out of the oven, hot banana bread! Now we want to store it properly to ensure the best taste and quality.
As tempting as it may be to leave your freshly baked banana bread on the countertop overnight, this is not recommended. The warmer air in a room can cause moisture and condensation that will make the bread dry out faster than if it had been tightly wrapped.
Once the bread has cooled a bit, tightly wrap it saran wrap. This will help keep the moisture inside and the air out.
Don’t wrap warm bread, it will end up making it a soggy mess!
So instead of leaving your banana bread out overnight, you’ll want to start prepping it to store on the counter-top.
On the Counter (The obvious choice)
Storing banana bread on the counter is my personal preference! But it’s really going to depend on how long you want your bread to last!
Storing banana bread on the countertop will allow it to stay fresh for 4 or 5 days, depending how moist you like your bread. And moist banana bread is something we can all look forward too!
To store banana bread on the countertop, there’s a few different ways to do it.
- Store the entire loaf at one time by tightly wrapping in saran wrap and placing it in a large ziploc bag or a container with a lid. This will keep it from drying out faster. The covering will also make it easier to maintain because you will not need to worry about how much moisture is in the bread.
- Slice the loaf into individual slices and tightly wrap each slice with saran wrap. Either store on the counter as is, or place the slices in an air-tight container with lid.
Avoid storing uncovered banana bread directly on the counter because this may cause ingredients to dry out more quickly and may also encourage mold growth.
If you are wanting that slice of deliciousness to last longer than just a few days, I would suggest storing it in the refrigerator instead!
In the Refrigerator
The next method in storing banana bread is in the refrigerator. I would recommend storing your banana bread on the counter for a couple days (for ultimate freshness) then transferring to the refrigerator. That is, unless you plan on eating it in the 4 or 5 day window. The fridge will add a couple days to the shelf life.
However, this isn’t advised as an everyday option because cool temperatures dry out food too much. You’ll lose some of the moisture, but it will still taste great!
If your family has been enjoying toast with their breakfast every morning, then keeping some slices of banana bread stored in the fridge should work well.
When storing banana bread in the refrigerator, you can do one of two things.
- Wrap it in saran wrap only
- Wrap it in saran wrap and place in an air tight container
Remember, the cool temperature will cause a bit of dryness, but putting a slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds will instantly be a cure!
Store banana bread in the freezer
The best way to preserve moistness when storing banana bread is by freezing it! You may be surprised by how well moisture and taste is retained this way. The only thing that could potentially kill it is the freezer air. But we’ll discuss how to get past that.
To freeze banana bread, there are a couple of options.
- Allow the loaf to cool completely then wrap tightly in saran wrap. Place it inside a large freezer bag or an air tight container and store inside your freezer for up to six months! This is assuming you want to freeze the whole loaf.
- The best option is to slice the bread first. Wrap tightly and place in a large freezer bag. This method is my favorite because you can eat a slice at a time without having to worry about thawing out an entire load.
Please note that you shouldn’t re-freeze bread after thawing. So, pick the method that works best for you! If you plan on eating the bread in a few days, there is no problem in freezing the loaf as a whole. If you want it to keep longer, I’d suggest individual slices!
What ingredient makes banana bread moist?
Some people will argue that how the banana bread is baked is how it will turn out. What really matters for the moisture in banana bread are how ripe your bananas are and how sweet they are. Riper bananas tend to make for moist banana bread, due to the high sugar content, while unripe bananas produce harder bread.
What makes a good ripe banana?
When it comes to picking out ripe bananas, you will know it’s a ripe one if it is yellow in color and has a few brown spots on the skin. If the banana still has green spots on it then don’t buy that banana because it’s not at all ready to be eaten.
The more brown spots on the banana, the riper it is.
The starch in bananas converts into sugar during the ripening process to provide for moist banana bread. The more brown spots on the banana, the riper they are. In fact, those bananas you may be inclined to throw out that are almost pure brown are the best bananas to use for banana bread.
How to ripen bananas
If you do happen to end up with unripe yellow and green bananas, don’t worry! Bananas aren’t like other fruits, in that they can and will ripen after being picked. That ripening process will happen faster if the bananas are stored in a cool dark place with lots of airflow. However, there may be better ways to speed up that process and get your bread quicker!
- If you’re looking for an immediate solution, try placing them next to apples or pears. These fruits emit ethylene gas which speeds up banana ripening.
- Then there’s the brown paper bag method. Leave them in a brown paper bag and the bananas will be ripe in a day or so.
- Another way is to use a plastic produce bag that has an elastic band. You can place the banana inside, and then pull the excess material over it so they’re covered in airtight packaging.
Do bananas go bad?
Yes, eventually after a while they will start to turn black. and leak a slimy liquid. When this happens, it’s time to throw out those old bananas before any mold starts growing inside these delicious fruits!
But before you throw them out, check my post out here that gives all the details on what to look for!
Defrosting Frozen Banana Bread
When you want to enjoy that slice of freshly baked goodness, thaw at room temperature. This will take about two hours but can be quicker if placed near a heat source like on top of the stovetop while cooking dinner.
Leave wrapped while thawing to retain the moisture. This will prevent the banana bread from going stale.
Or, you can actually bake it again!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 40 to 90 minutes, depending on whether you have half a loaf or a full loaf. It’s important, in this case, to take the saran wrap off and instead wrap with aluminum foil.
Do not refreeze or keep your bread in the refrigerator! It WILL go dry!
Once fully thawed or baked, how about topping with some peanut butter? Yum!