How To Store Banana Bread So It Stays Fresh And Moist

Don't let your banana bread go to waste!

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Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Banana bread is a classic treat, whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast with a cup of coffee or taking a piece on-the-go for an afternoon snack. It’s the ideal use for leftover, overripe bananas and each slice of this quick bread can be served on its own or deliciously topped with butter or peanut butter.

But once you’ve baked the perfect loaf, how exactly should you store this timeless treat? Below, learn the best ways to store banana bread to keep it fresh and moist, because the last thing you want to do is bite into a stale, dry slice. 

How Long To Let Banana Bread Cool

Once a loaf of banana bread is fully baked and taken out of the oven, it’s crucial to allow it to fully cool. Banana bread retains heat, especially in the center of the loaf. If the loaf is still warm once it’s wrapped for storage, condensation can form, eventually causing mold. Ensuring the whole loaf has fully cooled, one to two hours, will aid in better storage for longer-lasting banana bread.

How To Store Banana Bread at Room Temperature

If you’re planning to eat your banana bread within three to four days, it can be left out at room temperature. To keep it fresh, place a paper towel in the bottom of an airtight container. Place the loaf of banana bread on top, add another paper towel, and put the lid on the container.

You can also use this method with an airtight storage bag. The goal is to keep air away from the loaf while using the paper towels to soak up any excess moisture to avoid molding.

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Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Torie Cox

How To Store Banana Bread in the Fridge

Many people love to enjoy a slice of cold banana bread with butter on top. If that’s your preference, you can absolutely store your loaf in the fridge. Just know, this method will cause the banana bread to dry out faster than leaving it at room temperature or in the freezer.

To store banana bread in the fridge, wrap it in plastic wrap, making sure the entire loaf is covered. Place the wrapped loaf in an airtight container or airtight storage bag. Store the banana bread in the fridge for five days.

How To Freeze Banana Bread

Hoping to make several loaves of banana bread and keep them on hand? Banana bread freezes really well. Once the loaf is fully cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap. Then, wrap the loaf in aluminum foil. This will ensure it’s airtight and will keep the loaf from drying out and avoid freezer burn. Store the wrapped loaf in the freezer for up to three months.

If you’d rather store pre-cut slices of banana bread in the freezer instead, you can use the same method. Slice the banana bread and wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil.

How To Thaw Banana Bread

If you have banana bread tucked away in the freezer, take it out to thaw and enjoy a treat. Leave the loaf wrapped and let it sit out on the counter for two to three hours to fully thaw.

If you’d prefer to speed up the process, remove the plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Wrap the loaf back up in the foil ,and place it in the oven. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave the banana bread in the oven to warm for 90 minutes. Keeping it wrapped in foil will help to retain its moisture while slowing warming it up to temperature and thawing the bread.  

How To Wrap Banana Bread for Gifts

Banana bread is an excellent food gift. But if you’re baking plenty of loaves for friends and family, you’ll want to make sure it’s wrapped to keep it moist and delicious.

To ensure you’re gifting the best freshly-baked banana bread, wrap the fully cooled loaf in plastic wrap first. Then, place the loaf in a cellophane bag or wrap it in parchment paper. Tie the bag or wrapped loaf with a bow, and add a sweet note on a gift tag.

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