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how do I keep bananas from getting too ripe?

Last post Jul 17, 2008 7:43 PM by carol1229 . 7 replies.


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  • how do I keep bananas from getting too ripe?

    I am taking bananas for a trip with a bunch of people.  Anybody have any ideas on how to get them to not ripen too fast, so they will last all weekend?  How should I pack them in the car?

     Thanks,

    Sue

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  • Re: how do I keep bananas from getting too ripe?

    Bananas always turn so fast! I would buy them as green as I can find them and then try to keep them in a cool place out of the sun.....maybe even in the cooler??? Not sure if this would work or not, but thats the only thing I would know to do! :)

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  • Re: how do I keep bananas from getting too ripe?

    I put mine in the fridge when the weather gets hot and it works so I think the cooler idea is spot on.

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    I don't know if this helps or not, but I read recently to separate the bananas from the bunch. It said separate bananas    don't keep ripening like they will connected to the stem  on the bunch. We don't like green bananas, but it is hard to keep them from ripening too soon. I refrigerate mine. the skins turn dark, but the banana lasts longer. Good luck with yours.
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    Try one of those 'green' bags.  They're on TV but I bought a box from Bed, Bath & Beyond.  They really work well for bananas.  They're by Debbie Meyer.  They're just green plastic bags, but whatever is in them keeps fruits and veggies fresh longer.

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    I read in a magazine to place each banana in a white paper bag. It also went on to say you could place them in the refrigerator this way. Since you are going on a trip you can not refrigerate, but the white bag should still help.
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  • Re: how do I keep bananas from getting too ripe?

    thanks for all your great ideas!

    Sue

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    I can vouch for the separating the bananas hinr...a guy at work told my husband about it and I thought oh what the heck good will that do?  Figured why not try it?  I did-and by gosh it works like a charm!  I've had bananas on the counter 2 weeks or more-the skin turns pretty dark but the bananas inside are still fine......the last ones I had for 3 weeks...thought uh oh-they won't be any good-opened them BEFORE I started making the banana bread and they were PERFECT-yes, real soft and just right for banana bread or muffins but no rotten spots at all!

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