Banana bread can handle almost any kind of storage you might have in mind for it. If you aim to eat it quickly, you can keep it in a bread box of any kind, but if you aim to keep it around longer, you may wish to opt for the freezer instead.
Many of our guides have already touched upon the fact that refrigerators tend to dry out particular kinds of food that you may wish to store in them. Most kinds of bread, for example, will take to refrigeration remarkably poorly, as they’ll turn into sad, crumbly messes.
Banana bread is particularly juicy and moist, so one might imagine that a fridge wouldn’t affect it quite as badly. Sadly, this is not the case, but there are ways for you to sidestep the issue. We’ll cover all of that – and more – in the next couple of sections!
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How to Store Banana Bread Properly
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If you’ve baked a snazzy loaf of banana bread that you know for a fact will be gone within two to three days, storing it in a bread box is a bit of a no-brainer.
On the other hand, if you find this option unlikely, but you still don’t want to see your delicious loaf grow moldy, you may opt to freeze it instead. Banana bread can handle freezing exceedingly well, and simply wrapping the loaf in plastic wrap (recommendation) before tossing it into the freezer will do the job just fine.
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The important thing to do here, though, is to cool the loaf (or loaves) completely before wrapping it up for storage. Once you’re ready to resume the munching process, just pull your banana bread out of the freezer, and use the microwave or the oven to bring it back to life. Easy!
What Happens to Refrigerated Banana Bread?
As you can see, refrigeration is still the least recommended choice when it comes to bread. The reason for this is simple: your banana bread just won’t do all that well when confronted with the dry and cold microclimate maintained by the refrigerator.
No matter what your banana bread is like, and no matter how juicy it is, the fridge is going to affect both its taste and its texture in really short order. Therefore, the fridge should be your last option for banana bread storage.
How to Refrigerate Banana Bread So That It Doesn’t Dry Out?
If you really have to use the fridge, though, you’re going to have to rely on substantial amounts of plastic wrap. The only good way to go about this is to do several layers of wrap on all sides of the loaf. If you only have cuts and slices, you’re still going to wrap them up as tightly as possible.
Depending on how snug of a fit your wrap ends up being, you might get an extra few days’ worth of shelf-life out of your banana bread this way. Do we recommend it, though? Not really, no. Inevitably, the bread will dry out in the fridge.
How Long Can Banana Bread be Safely Stored?
In most cases, banana bread will stay fresh and dandy for up to four days, if kept in a bread box on the countertop. On our end, banana bread doesn’t usually survive nearly as long before everyone’s had their fill, so that’s a stellar shelf life in our book.
All jokes aside, though, freezing the banana bread will get you at least four months of shelf life. Having said that, it’s not unprecedented for it to stay perfectly edible for way longer than that, up to a full year or even longer. Freezers are awesome in that respect.
If you do end up going with the fridge option, you can add a few more days to the banana bread’s countertop expiration date – expect about a week’s worth of time before it spoils in the fridge.
How to Tell if My Banana Bread Has Already Expired?
Given that banana bread is quite possibly the juiciest type of bread there is, it’s a bit of a given that mold would find it a particularly enticing prospect. If your loaf begins to grow any kind of mold, then it’s already too far gone, we’re sorry to say.
Before mold, though, you may spot strange dark spots beginning to form on the loaves’ surface area. These, combined with an off, sour smell, are a sure way of knowing that you’ve stretched the poor bread’s expected shelf-life too thin, and that it’s time to throw it away.
Banana Bread Storage Mistakes to Avoid!
Again – refrigerating any kind of bread is a bad idea. All you’re going to accomplish is to dry the bread out, and it’s going to turn into a sad, dry, and tasteless mess by the time you pull it out. This happens because fridges circulate the dry, cold air to keep foodstuffs cold. This is fine for most kinds of food, but not for bread.
Other than this, there’s not much you can mess up with banana bread. As long as you keep it away from insects and munch it all down in a sensible amount of time, you’re safe.
Storage is Key for Fresh Banana Bread
Banana bread is, arguably, the best kind of bread. It is still bread, though, and this means it pays off to be careful when it comes to refrigeration. In virtually all cases, you should forego the fridge and opt for the freezer if you want to keep the leftovers around.
Now that you’re aware of that, and now that you know that banana bread won’t spoil in a matter of hours if you just leave it sitting on the countertop, we think you’ll have no issue keeping a loaf or two around at any given time. Getting the recipe right, though, is a wholly different matter.