Keep Bananas Yellow And Firm For 20 Days With The Food Expert’s Clever Storage Trick “So Easy!”

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Tash said: “Bananas are a staple in most UK households, which is hardly surprising considering they are fourth on the list of the country’s favorite fruits.

“They have many benefits, including supplying essential vitamins like B6 and potassium, and provide the body with sustained energy, which means they’re great for people involved in sports activities.

“However, bananas can be tricky to store properly and often the period of time between underripe and overripe is short, so how should you store them to keep them fresh longer?”

The expert explained: “A potentially obvious but often overlooked tip for keeping bananas fresh is to buy them when they are green and let them ripen at home.

“If you are looking for the brightest yellow bananas in the store, it means they are already ripe and will have a shorter shelf life than green ones that are yet to ripen.

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“Anywhere too warm will speed up the ripening process, so avoid keeping them near hot ovens/appliances.

“Separating individual bananas from the bunch can also help them stay at their optimum ripeness for longer as it prevents the fruit from being affected by ethylene gas released by the other bananas.

“Ethylene gas is released from the stem of the banana, so to slow the impact of the gas and prevent them from ripening too quickly, you can also wrap the stems in plastic wrap or cling film.

“This reduces the amount of gas that will be able to travel through the fruit and therefore allow them to stay fresher for longer.”

Tash added: “If you prefer to keep the bunch together, you can buy a ‘banana tree hanger’ which can help delay ripening and encourage air circulation, it also helps prevent bruising of the fruit’s skin, which is often they make the inner impacted area have an undesirable soft texture.”

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Can you put bananas in the fridge? Tasha said: “Bananas should never be refrigerated while they are ripening, as the cold temperature can be detrimental to the ripening process.

“However, once bananas have ripened at room temperature, placing them in the refrigerator can make them last longer!

“Once they are yellow and slightly speckled, it means they are ripe and ready to eat; place them in the refrigerator at this stage and after a few days, while the skin may indicate overripe by turning a black/brown color, the fruit inside should still be good to eat for a week or more.

“If you separated the bananas and wrapped the stems in cling film, they will keep longer in the fridge.

“Once ripe and yellow, the inner fruit of these bananas can last up to 16 days, again don’t be put off by brown or overripe banana skin as the inner fruit needs to stay fresh.”

If you buy completely green bananas, they take three to four days to turn yellow, before using the cling film/plastic wrap technique and putting them in the fridge.

So a banana can last up to 20 days.

What about underripe or overripe bananas? Can they be eaten?

The expert explained: “Never throw away bananas that are a bit too ripe to eat straight, these are perfect for making banana cake or banana bread.

“The riper the banana, the smoother the texture, which means they blend evenly into a cake mix without creating too many lumps or altering the consistency.

“If you want to eat an overripe banana for a snack, it is safe to do so as long as there is no mold present.

“You can also tell if a banana has gone rancid and is no longer safe to eat by its smell.

“As with green or underripe bananas, although some people experience digestive issues, they are actually largely safe to eat and again provide a host of great health benefits for most people.

“This is due to the fact that green bananas are mainly made up of resistant starch, which is not digested in the small intestine.

“As they ripen, bananas lose their starch as it is converted to simple sugars.

“Underripe bananas are firmer and haven’t developed the main flavors yet, so it all depends on your preferences,” he says.

As for whether you can freeze bananas, Tash revealed, “You can freeze bananas and use them in smoothies or to bake treats, however eating a thawed frozen banana as a snack is not recommended.

“You can cut them up and put them in a zip lock bag and they will keep in the freezer for up to six months.”

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