3 simple tips on how to keep bananas fresh, the best ways to store bananas, and our favorite banana recipes you are sure to LOVE!
Kitchen Hacks are some of our very favorite shortcuts in life! We’ve mastered how to de-seed a pomegranate, how to get rid of fruit flies, and how to keep water from boiling over the pot. Today we’re going to show you a few banana tips we think are super helpful. (Your next bunch of bananas is sure to thank you!)
How to Keep Bananas Fresh
As a mom of five kids who happen to LOVE fruit, it can be hard to gauge how much fruit the kids will eat. 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. I usually 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 no plans in the near future to make banana bread! In an effort to save my bananas, I tried an experiment on how to keep bananas fresh… and it totally WORKS!
Here is a short video, and the pictured tutorial will follow:
How to Keep Bananas Fresh Longer
- Glad Cling Wrap
- Separate each banana from the bunch.
- 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. And 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
The Best Ways To Store Bananas
Whether you store them on the counter or in the fridge, here are a few tips on how to store bananas to keep them fresher, longer!
ON THE COUNTER –
If wrapping the stems in plastic wrap is too much work, here are a few other methods and things to consider –
- Take the bananas out of the plastic produce bags as soon as you get home. Keeping them in the bags will cause moisture to build up and the bananas will rot.
- Avoid placing the bananas in direct sunlight.
- Hang the bananas on a countertop banana hanger to allow air to circulate.
IN THE FRIDGE –
Have you ever tried refrigerating bananas? If you don’t care about the peels looking brown or even black, give this method a try – it is my favorite! The peels will turn brown much faster, but the fruit itself lasts WEEKS longer! They stay firm and fresh and they taste delicious!
- Store bananas in the fridge after they are fully ripe.
- Keep SLICED bananas fresh by putting them in a plastic bag or Tupperware and then covering the slices with lemon or pineapple juice.
IN THE FREEZER –
When thawed, you can use your bananas in several recipes – including banana bread and breakfast smoothies! But here are some things to keep in mind –
- Peel the bananas before freezing them. If you try to peel them after they have been frozen, the peels won’t come off. And if you wait until the bananas defrost, you’ll be left with a mushy mess!
- Put the peeled bananas into plastic storage bags or plastic containers. It is a good idea to freeze portions together that are the perfect amounts for your desired recipes.
- Frozen bananas will last in the freezer for several months.
If you have green bananas that need to ripen quickly,
- Store them at room temperature. The warmer the room, the sooner they will ripen.
- Place them close other ripe fruit.
- Put them into a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato.
Best Banana Recipes
Looking for a few new recipes to use those ripe bananas? We’ve got you covered –
Other Great Kitchen Tips –
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 all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting our sponsors so we can continue to provide fresh content to Somewhat Simple. This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in July 2014