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How to Preserve Bananas: 5 Amazing Tricks That Work Each Time

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How to preserve bananas

How to preserve bananas

How to Preserve Bananas: 5 Amazing Tricks That Work Each Time

My husband brought a huge bunch of bananas home some weeks back and as I stared at it, I realized we would soon be having a little problem on our hands.

This was obvious because banana fruits tend to ripen at the same time. When that happened, we would be faced with two choices:

- Eat a lot of bananas over a few days or

- Allow them to go to waste.

The third option (while not so bad, didn't exactly appeal to me either) was to make a lot of banana recipes, which would still translate to eating a many bananas over two or three days.

I knew I had to find a way to change this, so I googled "How to preserve bananas and the options I found worked tons, even If I tried just a few of them.

So, in this post, I'm going to be sharing with you two very key things:

- The first is how to keep your bananas from ripening too fast.

- And then we will be looking at how to keep your bananas fresh even after they have turned ripe.

How to preserve bananas

How to preserve bananas

How to Keep Your Bananas from Ripening Too Soon

1. Keep Them Separated

Bananas typically come in bunches and will take anywhere from 1 to 5 days to ripen. This happens because bananas emit ethylene gas from the stem, a substance that controls the fruit’s browning and ripening.

With the bananas all bunched together, the collective gas produced goes to work on all the fruits. However, when you separate the bananas and keep them apart, each stem produced way lesser gas, making the fruit ripens a little slower.

2. Keep the Stem Covered

You can also control the effect of the gas by keeping the stem covered with a plastic bag.

You have two ways of doing this:

- One, you can wrap it up as soon as you get back from the store.

- You can do so after separating each banana.

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Either way, you will achieve the result of keeping the ethylene gas away from the bananas as much as possible.

How to Preserve Bananas Once They Ripen

Now that the bananas are ripe, you could still preserve them for as long as possible using these three simple hacks:

3. Keep The in Fridge

The cool temperature from the fridge slows down the further ripening of the fruit.

I should point out though that the banana peel might continue to change color, even turn black while in the fridge, however, this does not in any way affect the banana inside and you could still have some yummy bananas for long.

Bananas stored this way can last for one to two weeks, so from the time you bought the bananas home until this time, you should have good fruits for three weeks, give or take a few days.

4. Make Use of Citrus Fruits

Any citrus fruit (orange, lemon, lime) will work just fine to preserve the bananas and that's because citrus also slows down the oxidation process.

To use, brush this juice over the bananas before storing them. If the bananas are already peeled, then you want to sprinkle a teaspoon or two of the juice over them.

A little heads up, though, adding lemon or lome juice to the bananas will give them a slightly tart taste, so you want to dilute the juice a bit before using.

5. Keep Them in the Freezer

The last way to preserve your bananas is to keep them refrigerated, either as a bunch or peeled and cut in chunks in a bowl.

Again, the coolness of the fridge works to slow down the oxidation process, keeping them fresh.

How to preserve bananas

How to preserve bananas

What You Should Know About Bananas Stored in the Fridge or Freezer

As already mentioned, bananas stored in the fridge will still produce a black peel. Another fact worth mentioning is that the bananas, when brought out and allowed to thaw, no longer remain in their once solid state.

They would come mushy, which doesn't make for a great snack. However, they can still make for a great addition to other recipes like smoothies, pancakes, pies, to mention a few.

So, there you have it: five really simple ways to keep your bananas fresh and edible for the longest possible time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Farrah Young


Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on December 20, 2020:

Thanks! I'm glad you found it useful.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on December 20, 2020:

Yeah, citrus is a great juice all round.

Farrah Young (author) from Lagos, Nigeria on December 20, 2020:

Yeah, they all work wonders to keep your banana fresh.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on December 18, 2020:

I must say your article has a certain "appeal" to it. Good to learn ways to preserve bananas. Very helpful.

E Randall from United States on December 15, 2020:

I never knew about using citrus juice to preserve them once they are ripe, I will have to try that one.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 15, 2020:

I have heard the tip about keeping the stem covered to stop them ripening. The others are all new to me but I must try them the next time I buy some.

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