3 Simple Steps on How to Store Banana Bread
Banana bread is irresistibly moist and super delicious. It is not that hard to make as long as you use the right recipe. My family loves banana bread so sometimes I make a batch of it and store it so that I don’t have to bake each time the craving hits. Storing banana bread is a skill everyone ought to learn.
Congratulations on making your perfect banana bread! Banana bread is a delicious treat. The next thing you need to learn is how to properly store your banana bread. There are two main ways you can store banana bread. You can either store banana bread at room temperature or in the freezer. It depends on how soon you want to eat it.
If you plan on eating it in the next few days, store it at room temperature. Otherwise, store it in the freezer.
Storing it at room temperature
If you store your banana bread at room temperature, it will stay fresh for approximately four days. Follow these steps to store your bread at room temperature.
Cool your banana bread.
You need to let your banana bread cool completely. You will be sealing the bread in an airtight container and doing that while the bread is still warm will trap warmth which will produce moisture and make your bread soggy.
Use your hands to feel whether the bread is still warm. If it is, let it cool for longer.
Place a paper towel at the bottom of an airtight container.
Choose a container that is big enough to hold your banana bread. If you don’t have a container big enough, you can always use a sealable plastic bag. Place a paper towel inside the sealable bag.
Place the cooled bread on top of the paper towel.
The paper towel will absorb any excess moisture that may leak out.
Cover the bread with another paper towel.
Make sure your banana bread is sandwiched between the two paper towels. The paper towels will prevent your banana bread from getting soggy during storage by absorbing any moisture.
Seal the airtight container or the sealable bag
If you have stored your bread in an airtight container, tightly seal the lid. If you are using a sealable bag, press excess air out of the bag before sealing it.
Store the container or sealable bag in a cool dry place. This will maximize its shelf-life. Your bread will stay fresh for approximately four days.
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Freezing the bread
This is the best way to store banana bread if you plan on keeping it for longer. Frozen banana bread can stay fresh for approximately three months when stored properly. Here is how to properly freeze your banana bread.
Cool the banana bread.
This is an important step regardless of how you plan to store your banana bread. Storing the bread in the freezer while it is still warm can disrupt the internal temperature of your freezer and consequently prevent food from freezing properly. If you are wondering exactly how long to cool banana bread before wrapping, it is approximately 30 minutes. However, always use your hands to make sure it is completely cool. If it hasn’t, let it cool for a little bit longer.
Wrap the banana bread in a plastic wrap.
Wrap the plastic wrap around the bread about three times. Fold the edges to make sure no bread is left exposed. The wrap will keep away air from the surface of the bread thus ensuring it stays fresh for much longer.
Alternatively, use beeswax for this step.
Wrap aluminum foil around the bread.
Use enough foil that will wrap around the bread at least once. Wrap it tightly around the bread so that it doesn’t come off while in the freezer. The aluminum foil adds an extra layer of protection that ensures the bread stays fresh.
Place the banana bread in a freezer bag.
After wrapping the bread in the foil, place it in a freezer bag. Use your hands to squeeze out any excess air from the freezer bag and seal it. Alternatively, suck out excess air from the freezer bag using a straw.
Store the banana bread.
Once you place the bread in the freezer bag, store it in the freezer bag for up to three months. Always make a point of dating so that you can tell how long it has been in the freezer. After three months, your banana bread may develop freezer burn. If it becomes discolored, it has most likely gone bad, so throw it out.
How to keep banana bread moist
The secret to keeping your banana bread fresh and moist is storing it properly. If you are storing it at room temperature, always sandwich your bread between two paper towels when storing it in an airtight container or a sealable bag. The paper towels absorb any moisture and prevent the banana bread from getting soggy.
If you are storing your bread in the freezer, always wrap a plastic wrap around it and also wrap it with a layer of aluminum foil. Wrapping the bread in plastic prevents air from reaching the surface of the bread and the aluminum foil adds an extra layer of protection and keeps the bread fresh.
How to store banana bread in Freezer
To properly store banana bread in the freezer, first, let it cool completely. Never store warm banana bread in your freezer as it may disrupt your freezer’s internal temperature. Once the banana bread cools down, use a plastic wrap to wrap around the bread two to three times and fold the edges to ensure no bread is left exposed.
When done, wrap it in aluminum foil to add a protective layer that will ensure the bread remains fresh. Place the wrapped banana bread in a freezer bag and squeeze out any excess air from the bag using your fingers. Alternatively, use a straw to suck out excess air from the freezer bag.
Tightly seal the freezer bag and date it so that you can tell how long the bread has been in the freezer. Place the freezer bag in your freezer for up to three months. If the bread stays in the freezer for longer than three months, it will experience freezer burn and will no longer be safe to consume.
How to thaw banana bread
Remove your banana bread from the freezer and place it on your countertop. Let the bread thaw for approximately thirty minutes if you had sliced it. If you had not sliced the banana bread, let it thaw for three to four hours.
Alternatively, speed up the thawing process by placing your frozen banana bread in a 350° oven for 30 minutes to an hour.
If your bread is sliced, you can thaw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. However, I don’t recommend using the microwave as it may dry out your banana bread.
Can you freeze banana bread muffins?
Yes, you can freeze banana bread muffins to keep them tasting fresh. Here is how to freeze your banana bread in just a few simple steps.
Let the muffins cool completely.
Once you remove your muffins from the oven, let them sit at room temperature until they cool completely. Freezing them while they are hot or warm will destroy their soft, fluffy texture.
Freeze the banana bread muffins in a single layer.
Once the muffins cool completely, arrange them in a single layer in a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and let the banana bread muffins freeze for approximately 30 minutes or until they are frozen solid.
Place the banana bread muffins in a freezer bag.
Remove the frozen muffins from the freezer and place them in airtight freezer bags. Squeeze out air from the freezer bags before sealing them. Place the freezer bags into another freezer bag and squeeze out air. This will prevent freezer burn.
Store the freezer bag in your freezer. Your banana bread muffins will remain fresh for up to three months.
Can I freeze muffins in Tupperware?
Yes, you can freeze muffins in Tupperware. All you have to do is cool the muffins completely place them in your Tupperware, secure the lid, and place them inside your freezer.
You don’t need to place paper towels in the Tupperware as long as the muffins cool completely. Always make sure that you don’t stack too many muffins in one container. This may make them fail to freeze properly.
How long to let the banana bread cool before eating
Proper cooling of banana bread is important. This is because when baking, bananas caramelize and become sticky. Consequently, removing the banana bread from the pan can become difficult. If you cool your banana bread for too long or you don’t let it cool enough, the bread might emerge in pieces instead of one smooth lovely loaf.
You should let your banana bread cool for fifteen minutes before slicing and eating it. The cooling period allows steam to condense thus it will be easier to remove it from the pan and slice it.