How to Keep Bananas Fresh

Freshness, wrapped up.

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As a mom of five kids who happen to LOVE fruit, it can be hard to gauge how much the kids will eat for snacks when their appetites seem different every week. Some weeks the fruit bowl is empty 2 days after I go grocery shopping, other weeks the basket is full of overly-ripe fruit at the end of the week. Oftentimes I will buy green bananas from the store just to give us a little more time before they turn brown and mushy. But somewhere along the way, the ripening process takes place and I’m usually left with a bunch of bananas, too ripe to eat but not ripe enough to use in banana bread! In an effort to save my bananas from the trash can, I tried an experiment on how to keep bananas fresh… and it WORKS!

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All you have to do is separate each banana from the bunch and wrap each stem in plastic cling wrap. Simple enough, right?

Wrapping your bananas in cling wrap will help slow the ripening process and keep your bananas fresh for 3-4 days longer than if you don’t wrap them. I am not just making this stuff up, here is the science behind it:

Bananas, like many fruits, naturally release the gases that control browning and ripening. Much of the gasses escape from the stems, or the crowns, so by wrapping the crowns, you are able to slow down the ripening process a bit.

Paraphrased from an article found on LifeHacker

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Give it a try- does it work for you?

This post is in support of Glad. For this experiment, I use Glad Cling Wrap around my bananas. Cling Wrap is a staple in my kitchen- I use it to cover leftovers, I use it to keep food safe from bugs on a picnic, and I even use it for steaming frozen veggies in the microwave. I was compensated to write this post, but as usual, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and I only partner with brands and products I love! Thanks for supporting our sponsors so we can continue to provide fresh content to Somewhat Simple.

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Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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Comments

  1. Yep, it’s totally true. We started buying the organic bananas since my husband swears that they taste better and we’ve noticed that they also last longer because the organic bananas at Kroger all have plastic covering the stems.

    • Stephanie says:

      Awesome! I’ve never tried organic bananas, now you have me curious about them tasting better!

      • They’ve done tests with monkeys and bananas, organic and not, and the monkeys choose the organic bananas 100% of the time! Look it up!

        • Stephanie says:

          That is so interesting- I am definitely going to try organic and see if I notice a difference in taste. Thanks for the info!

  2. Crystal says:

    I’m so going to try this when I buy bananas this weekend. We only like when bananas when they have a little green or just barely ripe. I can buy the greenest bananas and in two days they already have spots. Thanks for the tip! Can’t wait to try it!!

  3. Thanks for this tip – good information. Also, when my bananas do start to get too ripe before I can use them all, I just mash them up and put them in a container in the freezer until I have two cups for banana bread. Or, I peel and cut them in half, wrap in wax paper and put in a plastic bag to freeze for smoothies. Either way works great!

    • Stephanie says:

      I’ve never even thought to freeze them- what a great tip!!!!!! We make smoothies all the time! I am definitely going to do this!!!

      • You can also just stick your ripe banana in the freezer as is….. I do this with my ripe bananas and then defrost to make banana vale etc

  4. I had a dejavu (I’m sure I spelled that way wrong) when I saw this post. My husband came home from his microbiology class like a year ago and told me that if you separate bananas they will not turn quite as fast. He also told me the the chemicals that make the bananas go bad will also make any other fruits and veggies that you store them with go bad more quickly. So for a month or so I would come home after buying bananas and he’d have them taken apart and spread all around the kitchen. I probably don’t have to tell you that it drove me crazy and I told him to leave the bananas alone.

    • Stephanie says:

      HAHA!!! That is such a great story! I’d love to see a kitchen with random bananas all around!

    • Melinda says:

      You can also put your ripening bananas to good use. Not only do they make other fruits spoil faster – they also make other fruits and vegetable RIPEN faster. Put your banana in a paper bag with an almost ripe tomato picked from your garden, and the waiting game doesn’t take nearly as long…

      • Stephanie says:

        This is a GREAT idea! We always have hard avocados sitting around waiting for them to ripen- I never thought of sitting them next to a banana! Thanks Melinda!

  5. Never throw a banana in the garbage. Just when you see one brown spot on the banans they are perfect for FREEZING. Peel all bananas, lay them on a large cookie sheet to freeze individually. when frozen, bag them. At that point they are perfect for smoothies or baking. For one banana put on a plate in the microwave for 20 seconds on high and it will be almost thawed and really to use for baking or easy to cut into large slices for putting in the blender for smoothies. Just so you know you can also freeze ripe pears. Core them, do not peel, then chop in large pieces. Use them in smoothies as wel. Ripe avocados? peel, remove pit, put in blender with a little water and lime juice. they will not go brown. Take one tablespoon amount and fill the sections of ice cub trays, freeze then bag. One avocado cube i 1 tablespoon an good for smoothies.

  6. Love this post. Going to try this as I can’t stand normally ripe bananas. I love them underripe, green and firm.

    I buy 2 of the biggest bunches each week as my kids are the same. The bananas have only been home for 2 days and overripe already! And they were green when I got them.

    Thanks for the tip. This is going to change my [banana] life, LOL.

    • Stephanie says:

      You and me both! I can stand any sort of soft banana! I am glad I was able to change your banana life, lol! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Also you can wrap them in bubble wrap (whole bananas) and store in fridge and the skin won’t go brown.

    • Stephanie says:

      REALLY?!?!? I LOVE a cold banana, but the peels always get so brown in the fridge. I eat them anyway, but this is definitely good to know! Thanks Denise!

  8. I always store my bananas away from other fruit and veggies as the skin touching them will cause other things to go off

  9. Christine Ploog says:

    This is a great tip! Just an FYI…when my bananas are too ripe, I throw the whole thing in the freezer…not peeled. When I’m ready to make banana bread, I just thaw them out in a gallon bag and then sqeeze them into a bowl to mash up…easy peasy :)

  10. Phyllis R. says:

    Love this tip! I try to do my grocery shopping only once a week, and it’s really hard to judge which shade of green is actually going to last until the next week’s shopping day before going too soft. Also, for those who freeze their over-ripe bananas, no need to freeze them on a pan first. I save the extra step and just break the peeled bananas in half, freezing 4 halves in one sandwich size zippered bag. There is enough sugar content in the bananas that they don’t freeze solidly together and you can easily separate 1 or more halves out of the bag without thawing then put the rest back in the freezer for another time.

  11. Mitch G says:

    My wife and I are going to try this as our bananas always ripen too quickly. We also get a number of fruit flies, usually around them stem area. Does anyone know if this helps keep them away too (we’ll soon find out at home).

  12. I will definitely try this for the same reasons mentioned: some weeks the kids zip through the fruit and other weeks it just sits there. Another tip: if your bananas aren’t ripe enough for bread, but are too ripe for the kids’ tastes, just freeze them and thaw them in a bowl in the fridge when you have enough to make bread or muffins.

  13. Morrismomma says:

    If my family doesn’t eat the bananas and they start to go brown, I will let them get very ripe before I freeze them. Depending on how many I have to freeze, 5 – 6 bananas fit in a quart bag (good for 1 banana bread recipe) or 1 banana fits in a snack size bag ready to pop in to a smoothie. I do peel the fruit first. For banana bread, I smoosh (technical term) the bananas in the bag after they have thawed, easy and no extra dishes.

  14. Chuck Corpening says:

    I’m a retired Marine Officer, and still visit the Military Commissary whenever possible. They always have the GREENEST bananas you’ve ever seen (I mean seriously–I didn’t even know that bananas were that green when growing!) or they have yellow bananas that will be too ripe in a day or two. I might have to mention this to the produce manager.

  15. Aside from smoothies, you can use Frozen bananas to make ‘ice cream’. We throw frozen bananas, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of milk, and if we’re living on the edge – a scoop of pb, all into the vitamix and mix until smooth. Yummy ice cream!

  16. Sounds like a Glad commercial to me…doubt it even works!

  17. Samantha says:

    Got almost too ripe bananas, slice them up stick them on a cookie tray and freeze then, once done blend them up with a little chocolate topping or cacao and a little honey and you have Banana Ice-Cream without the dairy! … my fave is adding a little chocolate and peanut butter.. oh my nomnomnomnom

  18. Not trying to be a smarty pants, but bananas aren’t fruit. They are classified as a herb….

  19. Hate to be the party pooper here but, I hate plastic wrap. It’s horrible for the environment. Cut them up and freeze for smoothies!

    • Stephanie says:

      Sorry Cathy- and I am definitely going to use them for smoothies! I don’t know why I never thought of this before! Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Altaf Lutfi says:

    God bless Stephanie !

    No matter how little you share with mankind, it becomes source of divine blessings, making your life easier and I guess you have opted that as a permanent source to derive comfort and happiness. Selfless service always pays, here and in life after.

  21. Kevin Farnsworth says:

    You are a secret genius.

    • Stephanie says:

      (blushing) AH, thanks Kevin! I’m not good at keeping secrets- I like to share them with EVERYONE!!!

  22. I always freeze my bananas when they are starting to brown, put them in chunks in plastic wrap or freezerbags, then i just tip them into my smoothie maker frozen when making milk shakes or smoothies makes them deliciously cold. Or i allow them to defrost and use them for making banana loaves.

  23. Anne-Marie Clarkin says:

    Hi! -first time I’ve read your blog! – thanks for the tip!! We have bought a machine called a Yonana that blends frozen bananas, & any other fruit you would like to use, into the smoothest ‘ ice-cream type’ pudding-&its all natural!! Delicious!! x

  24. Visiting from Link Party Palooza and I HAVE to try this! I can only eat bananas if they’re slightly under-ripe which is a very short window before they go too ripe for my tastes! :-)

  25. Love this tip! My bananas are forever going too brown.

  26. What a great idea! I also have that problems and end up making banana bread or freezing them for later use in baking. If I could get them to last longer though that’d be great. Thanks for sharing:)

  27. First time reading your blog. Very interesting. Does anyone ever make banana pudding? The riper the banana the better for a banana pudding. Well thats how I use my over ripe bananas. Smoothies are great as well.

  28. Banana pudding is a true southern dish. and if you purchase Nilla vanilla waffers, check the side of the box for a good recipe.somel boxes does not have the recipe so check the box side to be sure you get the recipe. I know its not a health food but for the sweet tooth in me its my summer favorite. Evelyn.

  29. I am totally trying this, Stephanie! Thanks for the great tip!

  30. Well that is fascinating. How on earth did you come up with that idea? It’s quite clever – though I like my banana more on the ripe side, so that I can freeze them for smoothies later :) Still – great tip! Thanks.

  31. you guys got some good tips here and we are going to try them too. does anyone here know how to make frozen chocolate bananas? i love those but just don’t know how to make them.

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