Is there anything more frustrating than buying a big beautiful bundle of brilliant yellow bananas and then the next day seeing that they have turned an ugly brown? It is frustrating, and you probably feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth. What are you going to do with brown bananas? You could make banana bread, but they aren’t good for much else.
Everyone loves a ripe banana, but there is a fine line between ripe and old. You don’t want a banana that is brown and mushy. You also don’t want one that is green and hard. Ideally, it should appear a brilliant yellow with a firm texture and robust taste. In this article, we will explore ways to make your bananas last longer and stay fresh.
6. Hang Your Bananas
In the jungle, bananas are going to stay hanging on the tree until some monkey or other creature comes along and picks them. They will ripen on the tree. You can recreate this phenomenon of nature by hanging your bananas as if they were on the tree.
Once you pick a bundle of bananas from a tree, they immediately start to ripen! This is very discouraging for the consumer. Bananas ripen because they release ethylene gas from the stems once the cut is made in the banana stem’s fibers. However, you can stall this by tricking the bananas.
Hang the bananas on a hook and the gas will leave the bananas slower so they will not turn brown as fast. Ideally, you want to slow down the gas release to reduce the amount of ripening time significantly.
Also, hanging bananas prevents the bananas from getting bruised on the counter. Remember, when a banana ripens it becomes very prone towards bruising. The slightest touch makes the banana bruise and turns brown. Hanging the bundle will reduce bruising and preserve its yellow hue.
Invest in a fruit basket with a built-in hook to hang your bananas. If you don’t want to buy a special basket, then use a small hook on the wall or under the counter to hang your bananas. While your bananas hang on the hook, keep them at room temperature. Yes, they will continue to ripen but your goal is always to slow the process significantly.
One thing about buying a banana fruit basket is that it looks great sitting on the table. Nothing looks more appetizing than a lush bundle of yellow bananas that are not bruised or discolored. In fact, many people will use bananas as a centerpiece for the table and will place other fruits around it
5. Buy Only Green Bananas
Buying green bananas does require planning ahead. You will be standing in the store and probably feel a great deal of temptation to buy beautiful yellow bananas, but you should stop yourself. Instead, pick a green bundle.
Remember that bananas are picked while they are still entirely green. They will then slowly ripen to a brilliant yellow hue. If you won’t immediately eat the bananas, then don’t be afraid to pick a bundle of green beauties and let them slowly ripen on your counter, or slow the process by hanging the green bananas on a hook.
4. Wrap the Bananas in Plastic
The ethylene that escapes the bananas comes from the stems and causes them to ripen. If you wrap the stems with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, then you can significantly slow down the entire ripening process. Sometimes, you will even see that supermarkets wrap the stems in plastic wrap to slow the ripening process.
You can even take the bananas apart and wrap each stem if you want to slow the ripening process on individual bananas. This is especially useful if you place one or two bananas in a packed lunch. It helps you ensure that the bananas are always ripe and ready to eat for any meal or snack.
3. Refrigerate Ripe Bananas
You have probably heard that you should never store bananas in the fridge. Keep green bananas out of the fridge, but once the bananas start to ripen then you can put them in the refrigerator. The cool temperatures will significantly slow down the ripening process and buy you a few more days to enjoy the delicious bananas.
2. Freeze the Bananas
Yes, you can freeze bananas! In fact, freezing the fruit is an ideal way to enjoy them later. However, be aware that how you freeze and thaw them will matter. When you freeze bananas, they will darken and then they will thaw and fall apart. Instead, to prolong their lifespan, you will need to peel the bananas and either freeze individual whole, peeled bananas or slice them up and freeze the slices for optimum results.
1. Invest in a Banana Keeper
Bruising hastens the ripening process and can quickly turn your bananas into a mess. There are commercial banana keepers that will help keep them ideal for a snack. They can preserve individual fruit so it’s quickly ready as a snack for lunch. Invest in more than one banana keeper to preserve several at a time for later use.