How To Ripen Bananas
Wouldn't you know it. The day you decide to bake a banana pudding, all the local market has is
. While I can't tell you how to get them to ripen by dinner time, I can tell you how to ripen bananas quickly:
Check the bananas in a couple of days. Once the bananas begin to ripen, check them more frequently. It doesn't take long for bananas to go from ripe to overripe.
How To Keep Bananas Fresh
This is the flip side of how to ripen bananas.
To keep bananas fresh longer, store them by themselves. All fruit emits a gas that hastens the ripening process. This is why the brown bag technique works so well. Putting the fruit into an enclosed environment magnifies the effect of the gas.
The bananas will stay fresh longer if air can circulate all around them. This is why those cute wooden banana hangers are so popular. Storing bananas in any kind of bag is a bad idea. Unless you're trying to ripen them. If you can't hang them and you don't want to just leave them laying on the table; you could put them in a colander.
Even with careful storage, bananas will only keep for a few days before becoming overripe. If you want to hold them at the peak of ripeness, there are two things you can do:
When you refrigerate bananas the skin will turn black. This makes the bananas look like they're rotten. They're not. The flesh will stay fresh for a few days longer than it would have at room temperature.
If you want to keep them longer than this, you'll have to freeze them.
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