I love fresh bananas but they seem to ripen a little to fast. You know what I mean, you bring them home and set them on the counter top. Within just a couple of days they are too ripe to eat and are ready to make into banana bread.
Tips to keep bananas fresh longer
Is this what happens to you? I do several things to use the bananas but I really like to eat them while they are still a little green. Before we get to the trick to keep them fresh here are some other ideas you can do to preserve them.
Freezing bananas, a great way to preserve them.
Freezings the bananas is one way I preserve them. You can learn more about freezing bananas here. This is a great way to preserve them. We like to use them frozen in smoothies and milk shakes. You can also freeze them when they become too ripe to use them later in banana bread.
Dehydrated bananas, a great snack.
Another great way to preserve bananas is by dehydrating them. Kids love snacking on dried bananas. They make a great snack and work great in homemade trail mix. Drying bananas are simple and fairly quick to make.
When I go for my monthly grocery shopping trip I always buy several pounds of bananas. We live 90 miles one way from where I like to shop. When I buy groceries they need to last me a month without spoiling. I have learned to plan meals and ways to preserve them so they wont go to waste.
I have tried several ways to keep them fresh. You know the little banana tree you can hang them on or leaving them on the counter. These methods didn’t work for me.
I left them sitting on the counter, wrapped tightly in the plastic produce bag. This method did keep them a little longer than just setting on the counter top.
How to keep bananas fresh longer
Then a friend of mine told me something she had tried. I thought it sounded a little crazy, but I thought I would give it a try.
She said to put the bananas in a brown paper grocery bag closed tightly, and put them in the crisper in the refrigerator. She said the peel would go black but the banana would taste good.
She was right. After 2 1/2 weeks in the crisper in the refrigerator I took my bananas out to try them. I really wanted to put this method to the test.
The peelings don’t look like the banana is going to taste good but when I peeled the banana it had not gone mushy like I thought it would. It was still firm and tasted just a little riper than when I put them in the brown paper sack.
When I bought the bananas they were yellowish green. The banana would peel and were good to eat so it was not really green. This is what the bananas looked like after the 2 1/2 weeks.
When the bananas are to ripe
I will check them everyday to make sure they are not getting to ripe. If they start to ripen quickly I will put them in the freezer into a freezer bag to use later.
There you have it. Another great way to preserve bananas. This is a great tip when you find a good price on bananas or if you are like me, you buy a bunch to last you a while.
I hope you enjoy your bananas, I would love to hear how this works for you!