Bought banana bread for the first time, and not sure how to store it or how long it keeps? How long does banana bread last?
Or maybe you’re wondering if you should refrigerate the leftovers or if freezing banana bread is a thing.
Sounds familiar? If so, this article is for you. In it, we’re going to cover:
- the shelf life of banana bread, depending on where you keep it
- storing banana bread and keeping it moist
- signs of a spoiled banana bread
Let’s jump right in.
How Long Does Banana Bread Last?
Banana bread lasts for about 3 to 4 days if you keep it on the counter. You can transfer it into the fridge, where it keeps for up to a week. If you need more time, freezing banana bread is definitely on the menu.
Those are just rough estimates, but they work quite well for all sorts of store-bought and homemade banana breads.
What’s important to remember here is that not all banana breads are created equal.
Some taste great when they’re freshly baked, but they tend to dry out quickly and lose flavor. Others retain about the same quality for the whole 3 to 4 days, or even longer.
If you’re buying the same banana bread (or using the same recipe) over and over, notice patterns. Maybe it dries out after two days or goes moldy after three. If either is the case, try the different storage practices described below.
How To Store Banana Bread
You can store banana bread on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer. If it sits at room temperature, you can use a paper bag for short-term storage, or a plastic container if you need more time. For refrigeration or freezing, make sure the bread is sealed or wrapped tightly.
No matter if it’s homemade banana bread or one that you bought from a local bakery, let it fully cool down before you put it anywhere.
If you enclose it while still warm, water droplets will form on the bread’s surface or the inside of the container due to condensation. That water might lead to mold growth really fast.
If you bake your own banana bread, always take it out of the pan once it comes out of the oven. This way, you’ll avoid trapping moisture near the bottom of the pan, which results in the bread becoming soggy.
Storing Banana Bread on the Counter
You can leave banana bread on the counter as-is without any extra wrapping if you know you’ll finish it in a day or two. If that’s not enough time, you need to seal it to keep it moist.
My favorite way to do that is to place the bread in an airtight container. This way, it has some room to breathe, but moisture stays sealed inside and the bread stays moist.
If your bread is super moist (i.e., has lots of bananas and not much flour), there might be condensation in the container. If that’s the case, put the loaf on a paper towel and top it with another one. They will absorb any extra moisture.
Storing Banana Bread in the Fridge
The refrigerator is well known for drying food products out, and that’s the last thing we want for our banana bread. That’s why many people say you should never store banana bread in the fridge.
To avoid that fate, you need to wrap or seal the bread tightly.
One way to go about it is to wrap the bread in plastic wrap to keep every little bit of its moisture inside the loaf.
Another option is to store the bread in a food container. It also keeps the moisture inside, plus it’s easy to grab the loaf, cut a few slices, and pop it back in the fridge.
If you don’t quite like banana bread straight from the fridge, try microwaving it for 10 – 20 seconds, or warming it up in the toaster or oven.
Can You Freeze Banana Bread?
How To Tell If Your Banana Bread Has Gone Bad?
Discard your banana bread if:
- It sits in storage for too long. If it’s on the counter for like 5 days, or in the fridge for more than a week, it has to go.
- There’s mold or any other discoloration on the surface. Like with almost all food products, if you see any fuzzy action going, the bread is no good. Cutting out the moldy part and eating the rest isn’t a good idea, since banana bread isn’t solid in structure, and mold can easily get much further than you can see it.
- It smells off. The sniff test is another way to check if your loaf is safe to eat or not. If it doesn’t smell like sweet ripe banana flesh, but rather like it’s fermenting, throw it out.
The last thing to do is to give it a taste and consider the quality. If it tastes old and stale, it’s up to you if you’re going to consume it or let it go.
As usual, if you’re not quite sure yours is okay to eat, assume that it’s not and discard it. Better safe than sorry.
Frequently asked questions about Banana Bread
If your banana bread tends to dry out quickly, make sure it sits wrapped or covered. A breadbox or an airtight container should take care of that, no matter if you store it on the counter or in the fridge. Either helps the bread retain moisture for a few days longer.
No, but refrigeration is a good choice if your family is not that big on banana bread, and eating the whole loaf takes you a week or so. Or if it’s the middle of a hot summer and your regular banana bread dries out after two days on the counter, even if it’s well sealed.
- Banana bread lasts 3 to 4 days on the counter, a week in the fridge, and months in the freezer. Choose your sotrage option depending on how long you plan on having it around.
- If your banana bread tends to dry out, place it in an airtight container. That should help it retain moisture.
- If your banana bread is moldy, discolored, or smells off, throw it out.