How To Keep Bananas Fresh



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How to Keep Bananas from Ripening Too Fast

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Bananas turn brown for a variety of reasons. When you cut open a banana, the oxygen affects enzymes in the banana, turning the inside brown. When a banana turns brown on the outside, it is because the banana's yellow pigment is broken down and not replaced, producing a brown color.Knowing the science behind why bananas ripen is important for keeping them fresh, tasty, and edible.

Steps

Preserving Bananas in the Peel

  1. Purchase bananas that are green on the ends and yellow in the middle.This means they are slightly under-ripe.
    • Make sure the bananas have no brown spots or blemishes. Bruises and punctures leave the banana exposed to air, which speeds up the ripening process.
    • Do not choose bananas that are already yellow. Bananas ripen at a rapid pace and their shelf-life is very short.For this reason, you want to make sure you buy bananas that are on the greener side; this will give you more time to properly store your bananas before the ripening process occurs.
  2. Store bananas at room temperature until they are ripe.Avoid exposing them to heat as this will speed up the ripening process.
    • Do not place bananas in the fridge before they are ripe. This can actually have a reverse effect and turn your banana peels brown faster. This occurs because the cold causes the cell walls to break down prematurely, which allows the production of melanin, turning bananas completely black. Contra-intuitively, the inside of the banana will still not be ripe since the cold inhibits the ripening process of the fruit.
  3. Hang your bananas on a banana hanger.This prevents them from getting bruised and becoming exposed to air. You can also seal the stem of the banana bunch with plastic wrap.This limits the amount of oxygen the stem receives and can keep bananas fresh for another week.
  4. Keep your bananas separate from other fruits and vegetables.Fruits and vegetables give off a gas that speeds ripening.
    • Storing produce together can speed up the ripening process. Plants naturally produce a gas called ethylene, which causes them to ripen. Fruits or vegetables that are already brown give off more ethylene than normal, causing nearby fresh produce to ripen faster.
    • Do not store bananas in sealed bags. This will cause the bananas to turn brown faster because the ethylene hormone will be unable to escape from the air surrounding the bananas.
  5. Place bananas in the refrigerator once they are ripe.Now that the ripening process has begun, you can safely delay it with the application of cold temperature.
    • To stop ripening, you need to slow down the chemical reaction. Cold temperatures will slow down the reaction, delaying the banana fruit from ripening.
    • Do not be alarmed if your banana peel turns completely black, which it most likely will. This is due to the pigment of the peel turning black and does not have anything to do with the actual freshness of the banana. The banana should still taste flavorful and remain slightly firm.

Preserving Peeled Bananas

  1. Place peeled bananas in an airtight plastic container and put it in the freezer.You can thaw the bananas for use at a later date.
    • Although peeled bananas have no protection against air exposure, the airtight sealing acts to limit the amount of fresh air that the bananas get. The freezing temperature will slow down the ethylene emission more than simply refrigerating it.
    • Unlike refrigerated bananas, frozen bananas will not be edible immediately. You will need to leave bananas at room temperature for about an hour to allow them to thaw.
  2. Brush the banana in lime or lemon juice.The acid coating acts as a preserving agent and keeps the banana yellow longer.
    • You do not need to saturate the banana in lemon juice. Adding more lemon does not equal better preservation. Adding to much will make your banana taste sour.
    • For sweeter alternatives, replace lemon juice with pineapple, orange, or apple juice. These are all acidic enough to slow the browning process without needing to be diluted. Apple juice is also mild enough to be nearly undetectable; opt for the other juices if you plan on later mixing the banana with other fruit.
  3. Dip peeled bananas in a vinegar water solution.This also uses acidity to preserve the banana but uses vinegar instead of fruit juice.
    • Using vinegar is a nice alternative if other fruit juices are distorting the taste too much. Simply add ¼ cup of vinegar for every cup of water. Dip the banana, sliced or whole, into the water for about three minutes.
    • Avoid leaving bananas in the vinegar water solution for longer than three minutes. Submerging the banana can cause it to become too soft and can impart a strong vinegary taste, which is likely less appetizing than lemon or lime juice.
  4. Soak bananas in a water solution with crushed vitamin C.If you don't have access to other fruits or vinegar, vitamin C can achieve a similar effect when dissolved in water.
    • Crush a single vitamin C tablet with a spoon and sprinkle it in a glass of water. Stir the solution with a spoon and dip your bananas in the water for a few seconds.
    • Effervescent vitamin C tablets work especially well for this. Put one tablet in a glass of water. Once the effervescing stops, skip stirring and dip your bananas in the water immediately for a few seconds.

Over-Ripe Banana Recipes

  1. Bake banana bread.Just because you may not have saved all bananas from ripening doesn't mean you can't use them in tasty treats.
    • Banana bread is actually the sweetest and most flavorful when over-ripe bananas are used. For bananas considered a "lost cause," banana bread is usually the answer.
    • Bananas are actually edible longer than you might imagine. As long as your banana does not have mold, fruit flies, or traces of fruit fly eggs, it will most likely be edible regardless of its softness or blackness.
  2. Blend a Biscoff banana apple smoothie.Throw your over-ripe bananas into the blender with a few other ingredients and create a tasty drink.
    • All you need is one over-ripe banana, half an apple peeled and cored, four Biscoff cookies (can be purchased at most grocery stores), a dash of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, one cup of milk, and a handful of ice cubes.
    • Place the banana, apple, and Biscoff cookies into the blender first and mix until smooth. Add the other ingredients and continue blending. You can continue adding milk until you've reached your desired consistency.
    • For added texture, add whole oats or blend them into the smoothie as well.] This will give your smoothie a crunchy element to offset the richness.
  3. Freeze melted bananas into Bananas Foster Popsicles.Bananas Foster is a popular New Orleans dessert and is very simple to make.
    • You will need 2 large, very ripe bananas that have been thinly sliced; 2 tablespoons (29.6 ml) of brown sugar; 1 tablespoon (14.8 ml) of butter; ½ teaspoon of cinnamon; 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt; ½ cup of milk; 1 teaspoon of vanilla; and 1 teaspoon of rum extract.
    • First, add your bananas, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon to a small bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until the bananas are soft. Stir this mixture. Allow the bananas to cool, then add the mixture to a blender along with the Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla, and rum extract. Blend these ingredients. Pour the blended mixture into Popsicle molds and place them in the freezer for a few hours until they are completely frozen through. Pop them out of the Popsicle mold when you are ready to serve.

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    What about organic bananas?
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    The same techniques will work for both organic and non-organic bananas. When you buy a batch of bananas wrap plastic wrap around the meeting point of all the bananas and they will last longer.
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    I kept my totally green banana in the fridge and the skin turned black. Does this mean my green banana cannot be eaten? I keep it green because I want to consume its resistant starch content.
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    Bananas are actually edible longer than you might imagine. As long as your banana does not have mold, fruit flies, or traces of fruit fly eggs, it will most likely be edible regardless of its softness or blackness.
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  • Question
    Can the banana popsicles be made without the rum?
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    It's not rum. It's rum flavoring. You find it in the store where the vanilla flavoring is located.
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  • Question
    How do you make a trifle?
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    Boil them. After 3 hours of simmering, immediately put it in your freezer at less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
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To keep bananas from ripening too fast, store them at room temperature on acounter or table that’s away from windows or heat sources. When you bring them home, hang them on a banana hanger to protect them from bruising, and wrap the stem of the bunch in saran wrap to lower the amount of oxygen the bananas receive. Be sure to keep your bananas separate from other fruits and vegetables, since they can release a gas that can cause your bananas to ripen quickly. Once your bananas are ripe, place them in the refrigerator to slow down the ripening!

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Travis Ann Sherman

Sep 25

"Inspired by this article, I tried a number of the methods to avoid rotten banana frustration. I was happiest withthis simple method: separate the bananas at purchase, and then wrap up the ones you think you won't eat in the next day individually, securing them at the top. On the sixth day, the wrapped banana was still pristine and delicious! (And this is the only use I've ever found for recycling newspaper bag plastic)."

Anonymous

Jul 7, 2019

"Learning the science for each tip helped the most. Knowing the natural ripening process, I can now make choices ateach step to avoid having to throw them out because of over-ripening. I'll use all 3 methods. Love the recipes, too. Thanks!"

Anonymous

May 14, 2019

"I knew black bananas were fine to bake with, but keeping them from turning over ripe too fast and needing to bakewith them has been an ongoing problem for years! Thank you, great advice! I'd like to see an avocado one now, please?"

Valeria Pizzolato

Sep 6, 2019

"I knew that bananas were to be treated differently from the other fruit, but I could not remember how. This articlehelped me to clear the many doubts I had."

Ron Carter

Jul 16, 2019

"I eat a lot of bananas, and was losing too many. Your suggestion of wrapping the ends in plastic worked great, itwas amazing. "

Anonymous

Nov 21, 2019

"I needed to keep the bananas just ripe for a fruit salad in three days. I am happy to know this information."

Beth Gates

Mar 19, 2019

"My bananas are ripening faster than I can eat them. The info on placing them in the fridge is helpful."
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Jul 1, 2019

"These ideas were helpful: 1) Hanging bananas. 2) Sealing stem of banana bunch with plastic wrap."

Anonymous

Aug 16, 2019

"I knew most of this, but not about if the banana peel had a slit in it. Thanks for all the info."

Shabnam Shamloo

Aug 26, 2019

"Tip # 3 about wrapping the banana stems with plastic wrap helped. I didn't know that."

Anonymous

Jun 16, 2019

"Keep bananas green longer by getting them out of the store's plastic bag."

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Apr 12, 2019

"I never thought about freezing them. Learned something new!"
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Aug 23, 2019

"Hanging the bananas to protect them from bruising helps."

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"The preservation technique was really helpful. Thanks!"

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