Often enjoyed due to its delicious creaminess mixed with layers of banana, caramel, custard and biscuits, banana pudding is something that not everyone can finish in one go.
Fortunately, it can be saved and enjoyed as a chilled dessert (or snack) the following day. Even though it is often put into the refrigerator to be eaten later, it can be forgotten about or stored incorrectly.
Or, it is left out at room temperature to be consumed within a couple of hours, and then thrown out because it looks like it has gone bad.
We shall take a look at how long banana pudding lasts, and how you can make it last even longer.
How Long Will Banana Pudding Leftovers Last?
It is common knowledge that a banana will perish fast, so keeping banana pudding out at room temperature will only cause the pudding to spoil.
While a banana will ripen slowly with its skin on, once the banana has been removed from the skin, it will turn brown at a quick rate. This is exactly the same when it comes to banana pudding.
Slices of banana are put into the pudding, and if left out of the fridge, they will become spoiled. But it is not just the bananas, there is also cream in banana pudding. Cream does not do well in warmer temperatures.
One way to make sure that your banana pudding stays fresh and safe to eat is by placing any leftovers straight into the refrigerator. This ensures that it will stay fine to eat for up to 3 days.
Even so, you will want to keep an eye on it and check to see if it is still okay to eat. By not checking, you may be disappointed that the banana pudding has gone bad when you finally sit down to enjoy it.
If you decide to freeze banana pudding, then you will want to only do so for up to 2 weeks. After this, the texture will begin to change. It will not have that creamy freshness the pudding is known for.
One thing not to do is to leave it out at room temperature. If that is your only option, make sure not to consume it once two hours have passed.
How To Know Banana Pudding Is Spoiled?
Banana pudding is super delicious, but sadly this means bacteria love it just as much. It is quite a moist and wet dessert, so mold is drawn to its texture.
This is one of many reasons why you should check the banana pudding before eating it. The last thing you want is to dig your spoon into the creamy bananas and find that there is a big piece of fur hidden underneath. Yuk!
So, let’s take a look at how to check if the banana pudding has gone off.
How Does The Banana Pudding Look?
There are a few visual clues when checking to see if the banana pudding has spoiled, though the signs are not always obvious.
While a lump of green is a sure fire way to show you that the pudding is not safe to eat, you may have to use a spoon to dig around under the layers.
If you find that there are hidden bits of mold and anything else that looks disgusting, then throw it out. While there should not be any mold after a day or two if stored correctly, always check after 3 days or more.
However, it is best not to keep this kind of pudding for more than three days.
How Does The Banana Pudding Smell?
If you have not found anything that looks suspicious, then you will want to give the pudding a smell. Often food that is going bad has a horrible odor.
Usually, banana pudding smells of vanilla or something sweet, or maybe even of nothing at all. If it has a nasty odor, then it means it has gone bad. If it has a strange odor that does not smell too bad, then this also means it should be thrown away.
How Does The Banana Pudding Taste?
If you have found no clues with how the banana pudding looks and smells, then you should taste it. However, if you did find anything that smelled bad or looked strange, do not taste it at all and just throw it out.
If the banana pudding tastes either bitter or sour, then it has gone off. This will be the cream. Do not swallow it, and instead spit it out and rinse the mouth out with water.
How Should You Store Banana Pudding?
Fortunately, while you might not be able to finish your banana pudding, you can store it. There are also two ways to do this: refrigerate or freeze.
The former does not last as long, but will be fresher. The latter can make your banana pudding last a lot longer, though still only a couple of weeks, and it will not be as fresh.
So, let’s take a look at how to store banana pudding safely.
In The Refrigerator
You might be tempted to put the banana pudding as is into the refrigerator, but hold it right there! One of the best things you can do to make it last longer is by transferring it to an airtight container.
Remove the top layer of bananas as they will oxidize quite quickly and become spoiled, which likely happened even before you refrigerated them.
Put the container right to the back of your refrigerator where it is the coldest, and make sure to consume it within either 2 or 3 days. If you know you will not be eating it for at least 4 or 5 days, then freeze it.
However, if you want the pudding to be at its freshest, always consume it within a 48 hour period. If you do plan on leaving it longer, remove the banana and biscuits.
Re-add fresh bananas and biscuits when you take it out of the refrigerator. It will be much tastier!
In The Freezer
If you are not going to eat the banana pudding for a few days, then you will need to freeze it to make sure it lasts. It will also help to preserve its flavor.
When banana pudding is left in the fridge for too long, the flavor will disappear and the pudding will start to become watery.
To prepare, place the banana pudding into an airtight container and leave it in the freezer. It will only last for around two weeks, so there is still a limited time to eat it.
If you want it to be at its best, consume it within 7 days to ensure that it does not lose its wonderful texture.
How To Thaw Frozen Banana Pudding?
If you have put your banana pudding into the freezer, then you will want to know how to thaw it properly. The best way is to transfer the container which houses the pudding into the fridge.
Leave it to thaw for around 8 or 12 hours. If you want it to thaw out properly, then leave it in the fridge overnight.
If you are looking to serve the banana pudding straight away, then use the defrost function on your microwave. Once it becomes runny, it should have defrosted enough to eat.
Then, place it into the refrigerator to cool slightly for a few minutes. Once it has cooled enough, place it into a serving dish, and add fresh biscuits and banana slices.
Even though you have frozen the banana pudding, it does not mean that it is fit for consumption. You should always check to see if it looks okay, smells normal, and tastes normal.
If something unusual stands out in one of these tests, then throw it away.
Banana pudding is a delicious and creamy dessert that is enjoyed by many. Not only is it a pleasure to eat, but it is super easy to make as well.
However, it is also quite a filling dessert. This means that there are bound to be leftovers. Even so, if you store the banana pudding correctly, whether that is in the refrigerator or the freezer, you can enjoy banana pudding once again.
If in doubt – such as it smells or looks funny – then throw it away. Otherwise, enjoy your banana pudding the second time around. You never know, it might even be tastier.