Two clever tricks to extend the life of your bananas 38



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It’s banana season and they’re cheap as chips at the moment, making it much more tempting to buy a big bunch. But when you get home you realise you might not be able to use them as quickly as you thought!

We have found a couple of ways to stop them rotting quickly and losing their freshness.

1. Wrap each individual stem in plastic wrap

By wrapping the stems of your bananas in plastic wrap, you prevent ethylene gas from reaching the other parts of the fruit. Ethylene gas is the gas that occurs naturally during the ripening process, and is thought to accelerate the ripening process. While this method wont stop all of the gas from getting through, it’s better then nothing and is sure to make at least some difference in the life of your fruit

2. Use lemon juice or vinegar to keep banana slices fresh

Sounds funky, but the use of lemon juice or vinegar removes the amount of oxygen that gets to the fruit and in turn reduces enzymatic browning. You’ll want to be careful if using vinegar. Too much will leave you with sour banana slices. Use about a teaspoon of vinegar and try to coat all of sides of the slices.

How do you keep your bananas fresh? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. I just keep mine in my fruit crisper. Last about 10 days. If any left then I make banana bread. Win, win situation.

  2. Put some in the fridge.. especially if you are making banana cakes or bread. Even soggy black ones will still be usable.

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    • Yes they keep very well in the refrigerator !

  3. While on the subject of bananas am I the only one going a little bananas? Am I the only one feeling a little stressed, a little shaky, perspiration forming on the brow, withdrawal symptoms? Starts at 60 it’s Thursday already and we haven’t had a Helen Mirren story. HELP.

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    • oh don’t remind them, and what those Royal posts !! we were getting them every second day !!!

  4. Split them up, wrap in 3 sheets of newspaper, put in plastic bags, place in bottom of frog. Can usually get an extra 4-5 days out of them before they go black

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    • Thought I had better reply to myself to correct the typos. Only one plastic bag need and also place in “frig”, frogs don’t like bananas 🙂

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      • They particularly don’t like it when you “place in the bottom of the frog”. Your frogs must be a lot bigger than ours.

  5. I don’t know about bananas being as cheap as Chios at the moment I live in Cairns FNQ and bananas at our local fruit & veg are $1.99 a kilo and at Coles there $2.99 kilo there are banana plantations in innisfail about 1 1/2 hours drive from us but to far to drive just for bananas

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    • Lucky you – here in Tasmania they were $3.80 this week.

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