How do you keep bananas from turning dark?
By Jean from Saxe, VA
By Laura 04/25/2009
Regular plastic bags also work well for keeping the bananas from turning brown. Just tie the bag and leave on the counter.
By lisa Hegewald 04/04/2009
Are you talking about AFTER you peel them?
If you dip them in a citrus (orange, lemon, or grapefruit) juice or pineapple juice after they are cut they will not turn black.
By Grandma J 04/03/2009
If you want to let them ripen to the desired sweetness, the stick them in the fridge. My husband likes a slightly green banana, as they ripen HANGING ON A BANANA hook on the counter, they get ready for the grandchildren to eat. Then the really ripe ones get peeled and put into bags (4 make a banana bread recipe) to put into the freezer. So start to finish, someone likes them here. Needless to say, you did not hear me say I LIKED THEM. ODed as a child and can't go near them!
By Barbara 04/03/2009
Yes. I agree. I love the Debbie Meyer green bags. I put all my produce these days in the bags and put them in the refrigerator. I leave the bananas out on the counter in the bags. What a money saver as well my produce lasts longer, less trips to the store and less wasted produce going bad. Great investment.
By Barbara Snyder 04/03/2009
Try those green bags from Debbie Mayer they are 10. dollars here but they work great. I sometimes forget what is in the fridge and when I buy my fruits and veggies they keep really good.
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By Marie Brack03/25/2013
I keep bananas in the refrigerator because even though that makes the skins go black faster it also makes the actual fruit stay good even longer.
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I am making a desert called "Easy Southern Banana Pudding". My question is: How to keep the bananas from turning black?
I've heard that if you dip fresh cut slices of apple in 7Up that it will keep them from turning dark, maybe this will work on banana slices, too?
Also, if it were me making the banana dessert to take somewhere, like for a potluck, or to a pal's home, etc. I'd make sure to use nice yellow bananas. I would not use ones either starting to spot or already spotted, as the yellow bananas will stay fresh longer, and not turn dark for several days. The spotted or already spotted will turn dark faster. (09/05/2005)
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