How do you like your bananas best? Still a little bit green, yellow, or a little over-ripe? Perhaps covered in chocolate and ice-cream in a banana split?
However you enjoy the universally loved, curved, yellow fruit, there is one problem that plagues all banana lovers: they ripen far too quickly! It’s often the case that you do your weekly grocery shop, pick a bunch of still green bananas (and maybe one yellow one to eat on the way home) in the hopes it will last the week, but within two days at the maximum what you’re left with is a pile of mostly brown, mushy, stinky waste. The only thing you can do is bake banana bread and wait until next grocery shop.
Until now, that is. With this clever hack, they won’t last forever but you will definitely be able to extend the shelf life of your favourite fruit, and save yourself a few supermarket trips.
Next time you buy bananas, instead of taking them out of their bag to put in the fruit bowl, divide them into twos and tie them up in freezer bags (or the plastic bags you get in the fruit and veg section at the supermarket) instead. By dividing them up, you won’t be constantly letting air into the bag every time you want a banana, and the ripening process will slow down dramatically.
Did you know that having bananas in your fruit bowl also causes the other fruit to degrade quickly? So by using this hack, you’ll extend the life of the rest of your fruit too!
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.
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