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No More Brown Bananas


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I eat ( and buy ) lots of bananas. To avoid having them turn
brown so quickly, simply separate them. It really works!

- Submitted by RAEVENSWING 4/8/2010 in Cooking | 22 Comments
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NALLIE01 4/10/2010 10:50:00 PM

    Bananas can lead to causing other fruits and veggies to ripen quicker than usual too. They give off a lot of ethylene that encourages ripening in each other and the fruits around them. It's best not to keep your bananas with other fruit either.
DIETMEISTER 4/9/2010 4:53:00 PM

    I put half in the fridge and half on the counter so they all don't ripen at the same time. I'll have to try the separation trick.
MUPP1970 6/2/2010 1:30:00 PM

    Nice! I peel and freeze them!
HABITATPAT 5/29/2010 2:18:00 PM

    You'd think we would have heard this before now, wouldn't you? I just moved bananas to the freezer because they're ripening too fast. They are smoothie-bound!
DUCKY2222 7/31/2014 7:40:00 AM

    Because they ripen so fast I buy them as green as possible, then I peel and freeze most of them. I then use them in smoothies or banana muffin etc. But I don't over eat bananas. Although good for your potassium, they just have too much sugar and carbs
TONIMAMA 8/30/2013 3:42:00 AM

    Interesting, I'll have to give some of these tips a try.
LTCARTWRIGHT 8/15/2013 10:33:00 AM

    I buy bananas in varying stages of ripeness. I wrap the stem ends of the greener or not so ripe ones in aluminum foil. They ripen slower and I don't have fruit flies anymore. When I want a banana, instead of removing the foil, I snip off or cut the top "head" off the banana from the stem. The ripen or nearly ripe ones, I wait until brown spots appear to freeze those I want for smoothies and "ice cream". The really dark ones I use those for low-carb baking.
NORASPAT 6/14/2013 10:34:00 PM

    I keep mine in a drawer on there own. Half in the green bag and 3 others separated. In the drawer and the green bags keeps fruit flies in check.
FLACHILOVER 3/17/2013 12:15:00 AM

    I use the green bags loosely tied closed with a twist tie. I have found if your refrigerator is cold and your fruits and fresh veggies are kept in the green bags you will notice a significant increase in the life of your produce.
I have had grapes in the vegetable bin loosely sealed in the green bag last 5 weeks and they are still sweet, crispy and still green!
Green bags are expensive to a point but it sure beats buying fresh produce every week.
I have deliberately left a small bunch of bananas on the counter to get over ripe and make Banana Nut bread and muffins. emoticon
46KATIE 1/29/2013 12:11:00 PM

    Great idea! I always have over ripe bananas.
BIGHAIRGAL 3/18/2011 7:30:00 PM

    Who knew?? What a great and easy tip.
MARIBELITA35 9/24/2010 1:30:00 PM

    I almsot gave up on bananas because of how quickly they ripe. I will give this a shot! emoticon
CJPJHM 9/12/2010 7:22:00 AM

    emoticon emoticon
KILLOURIE01 7/10/2010 7:38:00 PM

    thank you for the great tips
STALEAN 4/19/2010 9:04:00 PM

    I assume they can't be stored together after separating, either? I have been using those special green bags, and they seem to be working fairly well.
WESLEYV 4/12/2010 7:38:00 AM

    I'll give it a try.
SWIM_2_SLIM 4/9/2010 10:45:00 PM

    I will have to try this. Thanks!!!
BETTERME54 4/9/2010 3:50:00 PM

    Thank you so much for this info. because I was loosing a lot of money when I buy bananas and lettuce. (hey you got any tips on saving lettuce).

NEXTYEAR 4/9/2010 8:33:00 AM

    Great news for this house.
BENDER7 4/9/2010 6:30:00 AM

    I will try this--THANKS a bunch! emoticon
GRAMMAP1 4/8/2010 9:08:00 PM

    I will give this a try and if it doesn't work you will hear from me. Just kidding. I love bananas but not when they get too soft. Thank you for the tip.
WMILLER77 4/8/2010 8:45:00 PM

    Definitely going to try this one - it makes sense to me as all ripening fruit gives off a gas which can cause the fruit to ripen faster.

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