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How do you keep bananas from ripening too fast?

Started 1299174363.74 in Kitchen & Food Talk | Last reply 1299203709.917 by Pixie Jo

I've tried the Green Bags, but they don't work for me. How do you keep green bananas from ripening too fast? Also, sometimes I buy green bananas; and if they are too green, they never ripen. So I don't like to get bananas if they are completely green. Thanks for any suggestions you have. I like to buy my bananas once a week, but in a couple days, they have all ripened.

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Bajamama1299174571.0271216 PostsRegistered 7/5/2006

Lyn-I read a tip on here that said to separate the bananas from the group (pull them apart and lay them on the counter) and they will not ripen as fast. I haven't tried that yet though. I usually buy mine when they are green and yellow so they don't ripen too fast. If they do, I just make banana bread or muffins!

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silkgeisha1299174604.453413 PostsRegistered 3/1/2011

Humm.. I know those green veg. bags don't work. Just buy a few green-yellow bananas at a time. You can't put it in a refrig. because who wants to eat cold bananas - eewww.

Cardamom1299174641.7136259 PostsRegistered 6/24/2006

Yes, take them apart. Don't put them near apples.

duke mom1299174808.2571442 PostsRegistered 7/12/2009

I've also read that you need to separate bananas to keep them fresher longer. Never tried it though. I do know that you can wrap a damp paper towel around the end of a cut banana and it will not turn brown for a few hours. I tried this to see how long a cut banana would last so I could pack 1/2 a banana in my son's lunch box.

ennui1299175035.6919957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 3/3/2011 duke mom said:

I do know that you can wrap a damp paper towel around the end of a cut banana and it will not turn brown for a few hours.

I put a small piece of plastic wrap on the end, super snug so that air can't get to it.

In the summer, I've put ripe bananas in the refrigerator so they don't freckle so fast. Seems to work. Take one out a few hours before you plan to eat it so it isn't cold.

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queendiva1299175049.6273203 PostsRegistered 9/22/2006

separate each banana from the bunch and wrap individually in plastic bag/wrap. This works for me.

VCamp27481299175190.895730 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

Don't store them in plastic. Keep them completely away from all other fruits & vegetables. Keep them as cool as possible. When they're yellow at each end you can store them in the refrigerator, though the peel will turn brown. If you want to use them for other than a snack, like if you want to use them in smoothies, etc., you can just freeze them.

chickenbutt1299175333.74322666 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

I put them in a Lock & Lock container with an E.G.G. inside with them. I can have a green banana (for the bird) last two weeks easily that way. Oh, and keep in a cool place.

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annabellet1299175517.853299 PostsRegistered 4/3/2010

I've decided the best i can do is just buy 2 or 3 at a time, separate them and leave on counter - I don't mix with other fruit. I love bananas.. but they are high maintenance. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

Love to re­ad1299175536.4431681 PostsRegistered 11/3/2008Southern Indiana
On 3/3/2011 silkgeisha said:

Humm.. I know those green veg. bags don't work. Just buy a few green-yellow bananas at a time. You can't put it in a refrig. because who wants to eat cold bananas - eewww.

I've actually had really good luck with the Debbie Meyer green bags. I bought them at a local outlet mall, but HSN has them, too. I bought nearly ripe bananas almost 2 weeks ago and the one that I still have left that I stored in the green bag is still fine. It's pretty ripe, but not black an mushy. My mother in law puts hers in a small cooler with a blue block that she changes out daily. We've tried that and it works well, too. The skin changes color, but the banana remains firm.

nothin but­ goldens1299175609.032 PostsRegistered 3/3/2011

I eat a lot of bananas... use them in my protein shake everyday. I discovered that you can freeze them... great way to preserve ripe bananas without waste. When they are real ripe I just put them in the freezer... as is... and when I'm ready to use I stick them in the microwave for about 20 sec. and peel. They taste sooo good... much more flavor than unfrozen. Just don't leave them out or microwave them too much... they turn to mush. Great way to cut down on waste!

Tissyannie1299176104.856563 PostsRegistered 6/26/2010

I have the same problem and tried the green bags. They cause my bananas to grow mold, so that is out of the question for me.

Yesterday I read an article about bananas and it said when they are a little green is when they are the healthiest, because the carbs start turning to sugar when they get too ripe.

I am going to try to separate mine and keep them in my crisper.

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Baxjaxmom1299176127.982506 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 3/3/2011 chickenbutt said:

I put them in a Lock & Lock container with an E.G.G. inside with them. I can have a green banana (for the bird) last two weeks easily that way. Oh, and keep in a cool place.

What is an "E.G.G."?

I immediately gravitated to this thread because this question has "plagued" me for years and I have tried every tip/trick I've ever read and still have no luck. I detest having to make a trip to the super market every other day just to buy a banana! (In fact, I just won't do that). I like to have them on hand to eat for the potassium and would love to be able to by several to last at least a week; however, when I buy more than one or two (green)bananas, if I don't eat them almost immediately, by the third day, they are ripe, speckled and inedible. I simply cannot bite into a ripe mushy banana. Ewwww. I've done plenty of freezing them for banana nut bread, but to have fresh for peeling and eating, I'm still looking for the "miracle tip".

Also, when you put them in your Lock & Lock container, do you leave the peel on or put them in peeled?

Thanks.

chickenbutt1299176780.2122666 PostsRegistered 1/16/2006chickentown

The E.G.G. used to be sold here as one of the things Lori Greiner said she invented (and, of course, DIDN'T). I got mine directly from the website and order refills once a year. I believe they are in Wyoming, so they get to me pretty fast.

I just leave the bananas with the peels on of course. I slice off pieces for the bird each day and just put them back in. Of course, after I have washed the bananas I make sure to dry them very well for storage. Dry produce stores much better than wet.

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DiAnne1299176956.645001 PostsRegistered 9/22/2010

I only buy a few bananas at a time but I will not eat a banana with any brown spots on it so if they start to get too ripe I put them into fridge to give them a few days more. The peel turns brown but the fruit is fine (I found I like cold bananas!).

paShar1299177152.7471735 PostsRegistered 1/14/2006Western Pennsylvania

Bananas were the only thing that actually worked in the green bags for me. I would buy 4 or 5 mostly-green bananas and put them in one of the bags. By the end of the week, the last banana in the bag was just perfectly ripened.

Shar

Lyn081299178329.791821 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

Thanks for your suggestions. I like to use a banana on my cereal in the morning. I don't make banana bread very often, though. I'll try some of your suggestions. In fact, I've already separated my bananas (that I bought yesterday) and put them on my counter. I found my bananas turn moldy when I put them in the green bags. Maybe I have the wrong green bags -- I bought mine several years ago on QVC.

StylishWom­an1299178867.397765 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009SW FL

Eat them? Cool

Love to re­ad1299180076.3371681 PostsRegistered 11/3/2008Southern Indiana
On 3/3/2011 Lyn08 said:

Thanks for your suggestions. I like to use a banana on my cereal in the morning. I don't make banana bread very often, though. I'll try some of your suggestions. In fact, I've already separated my bananas (that I bought yesterday) and put them on my counter. I found my bananas turn moldy when I put them in the green bags. Maybe I have the wrong green bags -- I bought mine several years ago on QVC.

I find that it helps if you empty the green bag and wipe it out with a paper towel every couple of days. Bananas "sweat" and you'll notice condensation gathering in the bag. Keeping the bag dry really helps the bananas to last longer. The instructions that came with my bags were very specific about only putting dry produce into the bags, so I know that moisture must be a negative factor.

SeaGal1299185722.46311601 PostsRegistered 6/5/2007

Get them to turn yellow on the counter and then refridgerate them. Works for us.

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ennui1299186468.6919957 PostsRegistered 4/17/2007
On 3/3/2011 paShar said:

Bananas were the only thing that actually worked in the green bags for me. I would buy 4 or 5 mostly-green bananas and put them in one of the bags. By the end of the week, the last banana in the bag was just perfectly ripened.

I get the same results without the green bags. {#emotions_dlg.laugh}

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Lyn081299186576.21821 PostsRegistered 7/30/2008

Yes, I noticed that the green bags sweat a lot when I put bananas in the bags. I'll try wiping the bags out with a paper towel. Do any of you wash your bags; and if so, does that help?

Yorkieowner1299187481.287305 PostsRegistered 8/29/2010

I eat bananas every day with my oatmeal. If you hang the bananas from a banana hanger (they sell them at the Kitchen Barn or other kitchen gadget stores) they last longer. When vacationing in the caribbean I noticed how bananas hang from the trees in bunches and they don't ripen fast. Well it works the same with the banana hangers. Whoever invented them was very smart.

Tayler

golden mar­iposa1299203318.4371400 PostsRegistered 11/10/2007

They will last a lot longer if you put them in the fridge once they have ripened. The skin will turn black but the insides will be nice and firm. Whatever you do, do not put them in those Green Bags. They grow mold and develop slime. Worst thing I have ever seen on a 'nana.

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Pixie Jo1299203709.9133511 PostsRegistered 7/4/2009
On 3/3/2011 StylishWoman said:

Eat them? Cool

You stole my answer, but I would have used different punctuation.

Eat them!

Pixie Jo

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