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Extend the Shelf Life of Bananas

When you get home from grocery shopping, separate all the bananas from the bunch and place in a bowl or basket. By doing this, it will slow down the ripening process. I've noticed by the end of the week, they will start getting brown spots.

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April 28, 20150 found this helpful

Hmm... will have to try that.
I used to deal with a banana wholesaler and they swear by refrigerating them but I must not have the exact correct temp. since mine turn dark within a few days...booo.

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May 4, 20150 found this helpful

You can peel bananas and wrap in plastic wrap and eat them like a frozen dessert. You can also use in a smoothie whilst frozen, depending on how good your blender is of course. I am trying to find a pattern I found on here for folding ribbon into points and covering a styrofoam ball. Actually I think they used long bits of material.

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May 5, 20150 found this helpful

I was told to separate the bunch and don't let them touch each other to make them last longer and this seems to work well for me. I am going to try putting some in a plastic bag, as I have seen done, then tie it with a twist tie and see if there is a difference.

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May 5, 20150 found this helpful

I put them in the frig and if the skin turn black it doesn't matter as the inside is fresh.

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May 7, 20150 found this helpful

Besides pulling them apart to prolong the ripening process, you can refrigerate or freeze to deter ripening (dark or black skins will result) but the banana flesh is good. The banana may already have blemishes, though not apparent, however, the refrigeration or freezing do not cause the blemishes or make the banana bad. Sometimes, the core of the banana will be dark, but this is not due to methods of ripening.


For ease of blending frozen, cut into pieces that you can break apart. Easier on the blender! The fruit may have turned brown due to freezing, but it is not bad. Great to have on hand for cookies (as a binder, banana acts as egg substitute) or for adding to your frozen fruit smoothies! Enjoy the pleasure of cooking, baking, pan-frying. etc. with banana. Great source of potassium for anyone taking a diuretic.

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May 17, 20150 found this helpful

To freeze a banana, slice it and place on a cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer until the slices are frozen. Then put the frozen slices in a freezer-safe bag or container until ready to use. Put in blender with other ingredients and blend away!

I freeze a bananas for a smoothie that I make with chocolate soy milk, peanut butter, and honey.

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May 18, 20150 found this helpful

I buy extra bananas so they will get over ripe. Like Maryeileen, I freeze banana slices. I place them on wax paper on a cookie sheet to freeze. It makes them easy to remove.


I love frozen banana slices in a bowl of hot oatmeal. I cut each slice in half before adding it to the oatmeal. Frozen banana slices are a great snack especially in the summer time. They taste like banana ice cream. I also use them for making cookies and banana bread.

Bananas have natural potassium which is good for the heart. I try to eat a banana every day.

Thanks for the tip. I'll try that. You have my vote.

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful

Separating the bananas is a good suggestion, and it is also best to keep them separate and elevated off the counter to allow for maximum airflow around each banana. This will allow for more even ripening of each banana, and also dissipate the ethylene gas and heat that causes bananas to ripen faster.

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

Where did you find this wooden banana holder? I would buy one like this!

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March 28, 20180 found this helpful

You can find it on Amazon .. just search for BananaRest

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