Keep Bananas Fresh Longer (slices, too!)


Step 2: Separate, then Wrap the Stems

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Sure, wrapping the whole stem section works, but why keep the bananas together? Since most bananas on a bunch ripen at slightly different rates, your prematurely ripe bananas are going to put off more ethylene gas which will only serve to make ALL the bananas ripen that much faster.

Divide and conquer! Separate the ripe fruit from the slightly-less-ripe, wrap their stems in plastic, then enjoy when you're ready.

This should do a couple of things:
  1. prevent ethylene gas from initiating the ripening process on under-ripe bananas
  2. fully cover the stem to really forestall the off-gassing
  3. make your bananas more convenient to grab and enjoy on the go
And if you're bothered by the stem wrapper, try opening your bananas from the opposite end like a monkey. You'll get fewer stringy bits and have a convenient handle to hold onto while you eat. Also, no awkwardness for that final bite.

There's no such thing as an over-ripened banana. Bananas that are turning brown are perfect for using in recipes such as banana bread, banana cake, ice cream and so on. With that said, yes...separating bananas does keep them yellow longer. I haven't tried putting saran wrap on the stem...I'll have to do that.

psst1 year ago

“try opening your bananas from the opposite end like a monkey”

— how do you open a monkey?

wilgubeast (author)  psst1 year ago
dkrmwiz2 years ago
well, this is just awesome! i can't wait to try it! thanks for the info! :)
chinda.raul2 years ago
i wonder if dipping the ends in butter or oil will do the trick?
I was thinking the same thing about mineral oil, which I always have handy to re-oil wooden cutting boards and spoons and such. Experimentation time. :-)
I was wondering a simmilar thing; wouldn't it work if you dipped them in parafin wax... Microwave a small bit of parafin and dip each steam indulvidually... Violia???
wlgoode2 years ago
IMHO those seeming "overipe" nanners on the right are perfect for eating!! They won't be brown inside and now they actually taste like bananas. When they are eaten like on the left they have almost no flavor.
wilgubeast (author)  wlgoode2 years ago
You're absolutely right. No overripe bananas are pictured in this Instructable.
danzo3212 years ago
wow, great to learn this!
djimdy2 years ago
You know what could be less trouble than using plastic wrap? getting those individual, latex finger cots! Though I suppose you'd have to get really small ones or have really thick stems on the bananas.
Another alternative, if you frequently use candles, is to dip into molten wax.
-chase- djimdy2 years ago

@ djimdy - Pretty cool idea's there... the wax sparked a thought  as in Canning wax, which I just so happened to have bought some at Publix a few months ago.

I was using it to wax the window slides in the house and used barely an edge of a bar by the time I was through with that project. I was wondering just what the heck I was going to do with all these bars of wax since I don't can anything at the moment.
And I bring a couple bannanas to work each day... and I found keepting them in the fridge browns them real quick like ( I like to eat them cold).

A quick dip in the canning wax after seperating them might just do the trick.

Thanx for that add!

Just wanted to share this: http://www.chow.com/food-news/55566/why-do-bananas-turn-black-in-the-refrigerator/

The reason the skins get brown in the fridge actually doesn't have to do with ripening at all. So just make sure they're perfect ripeness before you put them in the fridge!
wilgubeast (author)  caityjay2 years ago
It's awesome!!!!!
verity332 years ago
Or wrap the bananas loosely in a couple of layers of bubble-wrap before they're ripe and put them in the fridge. They'll stay that way for (many) days. I take them out one at a time to ripen.
jmhoward2 years ago
Wow practical science that's fun too! Well played!
inkfzz2 years ago
another thing for overripe bananas: throw 2 or 3 of them in the blender, a cup and a half of soy milk, 4-5 ice cubes and 1-2 tablespoons of peanut butter. excellent peanut butter banana shakes for breakfast and way faster than banana bread!