Do you have delicious banana bread at home and want to know how to store it? Here we bring you a series of practical methods if what you are looking for is to learn how to store banana bread after baking. They are simple and fast, and you will have your homemade or store-bought bread stored correctly in just minutes. Stay so you can learn all the tips!
Although store-bought banana bread can last longer than homemade, these methods will work for storing both types of bread. It doesn’t matter if it’s freshly made or brought from the store; the better stored it is, the longer it will last.
Tips to store banana bread at room temperature
Believe it or not, many desserts can be stored at room temperature for several days without the risk of spoilage. But don’t trust yourself! Room temperature won’t protect your banana bread for many days, so this method will work only if you plan to store it for a short time.
- Wait until the banana bread has cooled completely. When you put your hand on the banana bread, and it feels completely cool, you’re ready to put it away. If it still feels lukewarm, let it chill for a few more hours. Never store bread while it is still warm as it will create condensation, which will make the bread soggy and spoil faster!
- Line a bowl with napkins. Use a plastic or glass container that is the right size for your bread. Cover it with a clean, dry towel until you cover the bottom and sides. You should also cover it with towels or napkins. If you do not have containers, you can use a plastic bag with an airtight seal.
- Place the bread on the napkins. Make sure the towel is on the bottom if you use a plastic bag. Be careful not to crush the bread, and make sure the container is the right size, so you don’t bruise the edges.
- Completely cover the bread. Use several pieces of a napkin to cover the bread on top. Having it completely covered will allow it to soak up any moisture it can release while it’s sealed.
- Seal the container. If using a plastic bag, squeeze out as much air as possible, then seal the bag. The less air you have, the less moisture you can develop. Store it in the coolest, driest spot in your pantry, and you can eat your banana bread for the next 3-4 days.
How to store banana bread in the freezer
First of all, keep in mind that the only way you will get bread into the fridge is if you plan on freezing it completely. If you keep it in the refrigerator without freezing it, the moisture will change the texture and flavor of your bread. When you eat it, you will notice that its flavor is different, and the humidity will have made disasters. Learn how to store banana bread in the freezer.
- The banana bread must be completely cold. If you make homemade banana bread, you’ll need to wait for it to cool completely. If you bought it from the store, you could skip this step. Touch it with the palm of your hand, and if it still feels warm, it’s because it needs to cool down a bit more.
- Look for cling film. Cut a large piece to cover the whole bread, and wrap it at least twice. So you’ll need to cut a piece three to four times the size of your banana bread.
- Wrap the bread. Placing the piece of bread on the edge of the plastic wrap, start rolling it up making sure not to squeeze it too tight. When you can’t wrap anymore, close the corners so that all of the bread is adequately covered.
- Find a piece of aluminum foil. Cut a layer of aluminum foil large enough to wrap the bread at least once. Wrap it so that the edges are at the bottom of the bread. This will give you an extra layer of protection against moisture and extreme cold from the freezer.
- Store the pieces in a plastic bag. If you want to store several pieces of bread, be careful not to squeeze them together. Ideally, you should use one bag for each piece of bread. Close the plastic bag with the ziplock, being careful to squeeze out as much air as possible. Take it to the refrigerator, and you can use it in the next three or four months.
How to defrost it?
You already have your banana bread very well stored, and it’s time to defrost it to eat it. How to do it? Do not be afraid of humidity, because here we leave you the tips and the step by step to defrost your banana bread safely. Before you learn how to store banana bread in the fridge, you should know how to treat it after taking it out of the fridge.
- Take the bread out of the refrigerator. Once you thaw it, you will need to eat it whole as we do not recommend refreezing. Remove the layers that wrap it and leave it in the open air at room temperature.
- Store in a glass dish. Let the bread rest on a countertop where it is at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Do not despair or be scared, little by little it will thaw.
- Heat it up. Once you touch it and feel that the bread is soft and fluffy, it is because it is completely defrosted. If you don’t want to eat it cold, you can put it in the oven for 5 minutes to warm it up a bit. Eat it as you prefer.