Going Bananas With How Fast They Ripen?

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We love bananas, and we don't need to eat great gobs of them. They're delicious, but starchy — unless you're an elite athlete, you don't need much. 

They drive us bananas, however, because they ripen faster than we can logistically consume them. Buying "only what you need," doesn't help much —that will be the one time when everyone will want a banana, leaving you with nothing to sweeten that fish oil smoothie. 

Who knew. If you separate your bananas after purchase and wrap the stems with a tiny amount of plastic wrap, you can significantly lengthen their shelf life.  The stems release ethylene gas which speeds ripening and browning. 

Some might find they get mixed results, depending on wrapping skills. We were pretty careful with our plastic wrap and had great results. 

This has us breathing a huge sigh of relief — no more wasted bananas, and no more baking all that banana bread, with chocolate chips and walnuts, you know, all the time, anyway. 

What do you think? Does it work for you? 

Anna Dietze
Anna Dietze


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