Does Banana Bread Need to Be Refrigerated? | Storage Guide


Banana bread is a delicious treat that millions enjoy. However, it can be tricky to decide how to store it once it comes out of the oven.

If you want to eat banana bread within the next four or so days, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Any longer than that, and it needs to be refrigerated. Whether or not banana bread needs to be refrigerated generally depends on when you plan on eating it. 

Keep reading to find out more specific details on whether banana bread can be left sitting out, some directions on how to cool and store your banana bread after freshly baking it, as well as some tips on how you can tell your banana bread has gone bad.

Can Banana Bread Be Left Unrefrigerated?

If you’ve made your own banana bread before, you’d know that, sometimes, refrigerating it can suck the moisture and flavor out of it— and no one wants that! However, you may be wondering whether or not you can leave your banana bread unrefrigerated.

As a general rule, banana bread will be completely safe to eat if left unrefrigerated for a certain amount of time. However, whether or not you baked it yourself or bought it at the store greatly affects how long it can sit out.

How Long Can Banana Bread Sit Out?

Sliced Banana Bread Sitting Out on a Table

Freshly baked banana bread can sit out while maintaining an ideal quality of texture for approximately four days. It is still safe to eat if left out for 5-6 days, but it will be dryer. On the other hand, store-bought banana bread can sit out until its best-by date, or one to two days.

Now that we’ve talked about how long banana bread can be left out at room temperature, let’s look at how to properly store it so these time frames can apply.

How Do You Store Banana Bread on the Counter?

Here are the steps it takes to store your banana bread on the counter:

  • Step 1: Make sure your banana bread is fully cooled down before you think about storing it.
  • Step 2: Grab a food storage container and line it with paper towels to prevent any leakage from the banana bread soaking into the loaf and making it soggy.
  • Step 3: Place your banana bread into the container, draping another paper towel on top, and then snap its lid on so it is airtight.
  • Step 4: Keep your banana bread for the recommended time period, then throw it out once that time has passed.

If you don’t happen to have any food storage containers on hand, no problem. Let’s look at whether you can store banana bread in a Ziploc bag or aluminum foil.

Can You Store Banana Bread in a Ziploc Bag?

Whether you’re storing your banana bread at room temperature, in the fridge, or in the freezer, you can keep it in a Ziploc bag as long as it is airtight.

Keeping your food in an airtight Ziploc bag will prevent contamination from other foods, as well as keep it fresh tasting.

Can You Store Banana Bread in Foil?

You can store banana bread in aluminum foil as long as it is wrapped in a couple layers to prevent exposure to other foods or freezer burn if you are keeping it in the freezer.

However, you shouldn’t store your banana bread in foil for extended periods. According to The Conversation, aluminum foil can leach into your foods in some cases.

How to Cool and Store Banana Bread After Baking

Tall Pan Baking in Oven

You’ve already learned how to store banana bread on your countertop, but what if you don’t plan on eating it within the time frame it lasts at room temperature? 

Below, we will look at how to cool and store your banana bread just after baking it using the refrigerator and freezer methods.

The Refrigerator Method

Here are the steps it takes to cool store your banana bread after baking using the refrigerator method:

  • Step 1: After freshly baking your banana bread, allow it to sit out for 20-30 minutes.
  • Step 2: Tightly wrap your cooled banana bread in some layers of cling wrap or cling film.
  • Step 3: Place your wrapped banana bread in the fridge.
  • Step 4: Keep your banana bread for the recommended time period, then throw it out once that time has passed.

Now, let’s take a look at how long banana bread will last in the fridge.

How Long Does Banana Bread Last in the Fridge?

Much like leaving your banana bread sitting out, the time it lasts when in the fridge depends on whether it is freshly baked or store-bought.

Freshly baked banana bread can last in the fridge for about 7 days. On the contrary, store-bought banana bread can only last up to its best-by date, or one to three days.

If you want to save your banana bread for a little longer, you can freeze it. See below to find out how.

The Freezer Method

Here are the steps it takes to cool and store your banana bread after baking using the freezer method:

  • Step 1: After freshly baking your banana bread, allow it to sit out for 20-30 minutes.
  • Step 2: Wrap a few layers of aluminum foil around your banana bread or store it in an airtight Ziploc bag or food container.
  • Step 3: Put your stored banana bread in the freezer.
  • Step 4: Keep your banana bread for the recommended time period, then throw it out once that time has passed.

Now, let’s take a look at how long banana bread will last in the freezer.

How Long Does Banana Bread Last in the Freezer?

According to StillTasty, banana bread’s fresh taste can last after thawing or baking if it has been frozen for as long as two to three months. It is still safe to be eaten past that time, though it will be dryer and most likely less flavorful.

Your banana bread must be frozen at a consistent 0 degrees Fahrenheit temperature for this safety period to apply.

How Do You Know if Banana Bread Is Bad?

Typically, you can tell if your banana bread is bad if any of the following applies:

  • Dryness or crumbiness after freezer storage
  • Moldy spots
  • Discolored spots
  • Rancid smell

If your banana bread has mold spots, take a look below to see if it is still safe to eat if you cut it off.

Can You Cut Mold Off Banana Bread?

It is not recommended to cut mold off banana bread and then consume the leftovers. As National Public Radio says, 

“…by the time mold has moved in, other harmful kinds of bacteria associated with food spoiling may also have infiltrated the food.”

While you may not likely be seriously harmed from eating moldy banana bread, it could be possible that you will experience nausea, vomiting, or even an allergic reaction if you are allergic to mold.

Final Thoughts

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