Storing 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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Bananas will last much longer if you store them in the refrigerator. They also taste sweeter! Just pick the bananas in the store that are ripe to the point you want them, leave them in the plastic bag, and put them in the refrigerator.

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Keep your bananas in the bottom crisper drawer of the refrigerator. They will keep for about 2 weeks. They will turn black and look utterly disgusting but inside the flesh will be white and firm. You get a perfect banana a week after everyone else has throw theirs out.

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If you put your bananas in a plastic grocery bag, in the bottom crisper drawer of your refrigerator, they will keep for about a week before turning black.

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I have posted this in the past, but I will add it to this grouping. If you put your bananas in a brown plastic grocery bag and a clear or white plastic grocery bag in the refrigerator, they stay fresh much longer. They don't discolor either.

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I thought about that cute banana hanger that our daughter has on her counter. I don't have room for one but I found a place to hang the bananas. Using a shoe string, I hung the bananas at the end of the kitchen cabinet.

Bananas hanging from a shoe string in the kitchen.

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March 12, 2009

When buying bananas, buy the green ones. Put them in the fridge in a brown paper bag. Make sure you take them apart one by one. No need to buy green bags, this works much better and adds the shelf life.

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April 5, 2017

Sometimes, bananas can ripen too fast, with the yellow skins turning spotted then dark. This page has tips for keeping bananas from turning black.

2 overripe bananas on white background.

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