Since this question directly involves food I assume it goes in this forum.
My wife and I both like bananas. She likes them on the more ripe side, and I like them on the less ripe side. We only do food shopping once a week so we try to stretch bananas out for 7 days. I think that’s asking a lot out of a banana, but I don’t want to shop every 4 days just for bananas since it’s a 45-minute drive to get them.
Our strategy is to buy a bunch of fairly green bananas and leave them grouped on our granite kitchen counter, away from any heat source. I can start eating them immediately, but my wife will wait a few days before they are no longer green.
After 4 days they are getting borderline too ripe for me, and by day 6 they are usually covered with brown spots. Great for making banana bread, but not for eating as a snack (as far as I am concerned).
I know they once had special bags for them, and someone told me to keep them in a paper bag and not out in the open, which didn’t seem to help. Hanging them on a hook suspended above the counter also didn’t seem to make any difference. You of course never want to put them in the fridge, even for a single day.
So is there any good way to keep green-ish bananas fresh for 6-7 days? The temperature of my house is usually around 70 degrees if that matters and I live in a place with relatively low humidity…
I eat a bunch of bananas,also. They are native here.
I think you are doing the best you can do. Unless you have access to other varieties. I assume you are describing the normal, long type. Here we have dominicos. They are slender, finger size. And monsano, finger size but fatter. Both these types have a longer shelf life. Might not be available in your area.
As soon as you get them home, wrap the knot where they are all attached, with a long piece of Saran. Feed it between a couple of the bananas, and up, and around, several times. Also, you should hang them, not sit them on something. And keep them away from other fruits and vegetables, in a separate spot.
I only recently started doing this and it WORKS! And quite well!
Here’s a product that helps keep bananas and other fruits and vegetables fresh longer. These bags are lined with a compound that absorbs ethylene gas. Things ripen and deteriorate more slowly with less ethylene. I once did a test of these bags, putting some bananas from a single bunch in a bag and some outside the bag. The ones in the bag ripened much more slowly.
Why not buy a couple of smaller bunches? Buy one bunch of closer-to-ripe bananas and eat those earlier in the week. Buy a second, greener bunch that will take a few days to ripen, and eat those when the first bunch is gone.
I vote for the fridge option. I let the banana get to just about the ripeness that we prefer (barely turned yellow from green), then I put it in the fridge. This will hold it at that stage of ripeness for several days. The peel will turn greenish-black, but the inner fruit is perfect.
Somewhere, perhaps a previous thread here, I saw a photo from South Korea of a plastic-wrapped package of five bananas, each a slightly different level of ripeness so that over five days, you could have a ripe banana each day. It seemed a clever idea and I don’t know why a US banana distributor doesn’t package them that way.
The fridge option is the only one that works for me. You just have to get past your disgust at the ugly brown/black exterior. I don’t like bananas beyond the point where they are mostly yellow, but the “seams” and the top are still green. Refrigerating them at that point almost completely halts the ripening process. I usually put one on the kitchen counter for an hour to bring it up to room temperature before eating.
Great suggestions from everyone. I tried the ‘wrap the tops tightly in plastic wrap’ this week and it seems to be working pretty well. I assumed that the ethylene gas came from the peel, but I guess I was wrong about that…
I don’t have anything to add… except, I was just in Malawi (and Zambia). I had 5-10 bananas per day. All kinds! They were beyond delicious. I was only mad once as some monkeys ate the bananas that I had to leave outside of my chalet as the ants were swarming them. Stupid monkeys! I hope they enjoyed their anty bananas.