How to store bananas correctly
Got your hands on bananas at the grocery store and wondering how you can store them so they achieve their maximum ripeness or slow down the ripeness till you're ready for them? It all comes down to storage!
Bananas in general are really sensitive to temperature and unripe bananas will only ripen when they are warm.
At the grocery store:
While they feel firm, they will still bruise easily. Make sure they are at the top of your cart and also at the top of your grocery bag on the way home.
Keep them out of the trunk. In the winter, it can be too cold for them and in the summer, too hot. For the best looking, tasting and feeling bananas, let them ride in the car with you.
As they bruise easily, it’s best to store them hanging off a “banana tree” or in a bowl - making sure there is no weight on any one banana.
In the winter, store them in a warm room and in a cool room in the summer.
Never put them in the fridge - it can prevent them from ripening even if you take them out of the fridge later.
How to control their ripening process
As bananas ripen, they give off ethylene. If you can control the amount of ethylene they are exposed to, you can control the speed at which they ripen. The more ethylene - the faster they ripen.
To speed up the ripening process of a banana:
Store them with other fruits and vegetables that produce ethylene as they ripen - like potatoes, apples and avocados. You can place them in a paper bag and just crinkle it shut for the fastest results. But a word of caution - the bananas will also make the fruits you store with them ripen too, shortening their shelf life.
To slow down the ripening process of a banana:
Use a wax wrap or cling film to cover the stalk of the banana. The ethylene is released from here which causes the banana to ripen. These will keep your bananas fresh for longer.
Move them away from other ethylene producing fruits and veggies.
Make sure they are kept in a place that allows proper ventilation, if the bananas warm up, they will ripen faster.
Storing Ripe Bananas
These are also stored best at room temperature, but will turn over-ripe in a few days. You can move them to the fridge to prevent them from over ripening and also to prevent the loss of water soluble micronutrients like Vitamin C, B6, B12. The skins will turn black this does not mean the bananas have gone bad and should not affect the flavor of the banana.
To store these the best possible way, keep the peel on and add an additional layer of protection with a wax wrap or cling film. Eat the rest of it as soon as you can.
Over ripe bananas will start to attract pests and mold due to the amount of sugar in them and start to get soft. If your bananas have reached this stage - you don’t have to throw them out just yet! You can use them right away or you can freeze them for later use.
If you are looking for what to do with all those bananas - check out the recipes we've curated for you by clicking on the picture!