How to Extend the Life of Your Bananas in 6 Easy Steps

Separate Them: Bananas release ethene gas, which speeds up the ripening process. If you separate them from the bunch, they will ripen more slowly. You can also wrap the stem ends of the bananas in plastic wrap to further reduce the release of ethene.

Refrigerate: Once bananas reach the desired ripeness, placing them in the refrigerator can significantly slow down the ripening process. The skin may darken in the fridge, but the fruit inside will stay fresher for a more extended period.

Use Plastic Wrap or Beeswax Wrap: Wrap the stems of the bananas in plastic wrap or beeswax wrap to minimize exposure to air. This helps prevent ethene gas from escaping and slows down the ripening process.

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Keep Them Away from Other Fruits: Bananas are sensitive to ethene gas produced by other fruits, such as apples and tomatoes, which can accelerate their ripening. Store bananas away from other fruits to reduce ethene exposure.

Hang Them: If you have a banana hanger or hook, use it to hang the bananas. This prevents them from resting on a surface, reducing the chance of bruising and slowing down the ripening process.

Freeze Overripe Bananas: If your bananas are becoming too ripe and you can't consume them in time, peel and freeze them. Frozen bananas are great for smoothies or making banana ice cream. The freezing process stops the ripening, and they can be stored for an extended period.

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