Today it’s all about the best ways to preserve bananas. Are bananas one of your favorite fruits? Many people love them because of their naturally sweet taste!
It’s always good to have bananas around in the kitchen, whether you’re planning to peel them and eat them like that, slice them up and add them to your favorite fruit salad, or even use them in recipes to make banana-flavored treats, such as muffins, loaves of bread, and even pies.
No matter what you plan to do with them, it’s essential to know how to preserve the bananas to keep them fresh so that they don’t go to waste. You wouldn’t want to spend money on bunches of bananas only for them to go bad before you had the time to eat them outright or add them to any number of great recipes that call for them.
So, follow these helpful tips to preserve your bananas. You’ll notice these extra steps make all the difference in helping keep them as fresh as possible. My favorite, Banana Slicer!
If I plan to preserve my bananas I have to buy extra. Mark enjoys bananas with his morning cereal, so I often go looking for them and they’ve all been used. We also really enjoy bananas on top of a scoop of ice cream as an after diner treat. Life is good when you have bananas available!
The Best Ways to Preserve Bananas
Keep Them Away From Your Other Produce
One mistake people often make is that they start hanging their bananas too close to other fruits in the kitchen:
- If you’re buying many fruits, including apples, oranges, and pears, try to keep them separated from your bananas.
- There are a few reasons to keep the bananas away from the other produce. For example, suppose your other produce starts going bad. In that case, it could negatively impact the bananas, causing them to ripen more quickly and eventually go bad before you’ve had the time to use them.
- Another reason to keep them away from the rest of your produce is to minimize the occurrence of fruit flies that get on the bananas.
- If you have a swarm of fruit flies on your bananas, they can eventually cause the bananas to break down at a faster pace, causing them to go bad much faster than you anticipated.
Finally, there is nothing more annoying than going to grab a banana only to realize it’s no good.
Place Some Plastic Wrap on the Stems of the Bananas
You might think that the best thing to do when buying bananas is to keep them attached, grabbing one at a time when you plan to eat the banana or use it in a recipe. However, this isn’t the case.
Instead of doing that, remove the bananas from the bunch, separating them so they are no longer attached to the bunch. Once you do this, grab some plastic wrap and individually wrap it around each of the stems of the bananas. I’ve found it’s handy to use an elastic band to hold the plastic wrap in place.
You’re probably wondering why you’d need to go through the hassle of wrapping the banana stems with plastic wrap, but it’s pretty simple. When wrapped in plastic, the bananas contain more of their ethylene gas, which prevents the ripening process from happening too quickly.
If you don’t want the bananas to end up ripening fast before you’re ready to eat them or use them to make something, this is an important trick that will extend the life of the fruit.
Put Your Bananas in the Fridge
Did you know that you can place your bananas in the fridge to keep them fresher for more extended periods? It’s a trick that works, but you’ll need to make sure you’re putting the bananas in the fridge at the right time.
For example, if you put the bananas in your fridge before they’ve started to ripen, the cold temperatures will keep them from ripening at all, thus making it difficult for you to use the bananas because they’ll lack that sweet taste that you love and enjoy when eating them.
So, the best time to put the bananas in the fridge is after they’ve started to ripen. You can do it as soon as you notice they’re turning more yellow and possibly getting a bit softer than they were to halt the ripening process and keep the bananas fresher for even longer. It’s a great way to keep your bananas in good condition.
Put the Bananas in the Freezer
Like the fridge approach, you can put bananas in the freezer when you need to keep them fresh. You’ll need to wait until the bananas begin to ripen before you place them in there.
Some people put the bananas directly in the freezer because the peel keeps them protected.
However, some prefer placing the ripe bananas in a large food storage bag and then putting them in the freezer to keep them fresh for more time than they’d stay fresh if you were leaving them out on the kitchen table.
I place some sliced bananas on parchment paper placed on a small cookie sheet and freeze them. After they harden up from freezing for about 2-3 hours, I place them in an airtight container and return them back to the freezer.
Make sure that you don’t forget about your bananas. You wouldn’t want to leave them in the freezer too long, or else they’d no longer taste as good as they would after the first few days.
They taste like banana ice cream to me. I love them!
Toss Sliced Bananas with a Bit of Lemon Juice
If you’ve sliced your bananas but would like to keep them fresh, you probably think you have no other option but to throw them out because they brown quickly.
While bananas can turn brown within hours of being peeled, there is a way to preserve them so that you can come back for them later and enjoy them when you’re in the mood.
You’ll need to add a bit of lemon juice to a bowl, toss your banana slices into the bowl, and then toss the two ingredients.
The acidity of the lemon juice keeps them fresh and prevents them from becoming soggy and brown. If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use a different acidic juice, such as lime juice or pineapple juice.
Even when you’re using the juice on the bananas, it doesn’t drastically alter the taste of the fruit. So, you can expect your bananas to still taste great.
You Can Dehydrate Bananas
I love to dehydrate bananas, they are a great snack and healthy as well! In case you missed this post, How To Dehydrate Bananas. When my family comes to visit, they look for the pint-size jars I have filled with my dehydrated fruits and vegetables.
These are great for snacking, taking camping, and sending a baggie full in lunchboxes for the kids. I use this slicer to make the banana slices as evenly as possible. Banana Slicer
I use my FoodSaver to store these dehydrated bananas without oxygen absorbers, they will last for one year safely.
These are some of the best ways to preserve bananas when you want to keep them ripe and fresh. If you don’t want the bananas to ripen too fast or turn mushy and brown to the point that you can’t use them, try one or more of these different techniques, all of which work wonders to extend the life of the fruit. May God Bless this world, Linda