How to Store Bananas

How to store Bananas
It happens to all of us.  We purchase a bunch of bananas from the grocery store or farmer’s market and place them in a basket on the kitchen counter and before you know it, they’re all too ripe to eat.  
How do you prevent this from happening?
Here are a few tips for storing your bananas:


  • Never store bananas in the plastic produce bags.
  • Always store bananas at room temperature; never in the refrigerator.
  • Wrap the stems of the bananas in plastic wrap.  This will prevent ethylene gas which is produced naturally during the ripening process from reaching other parts of the banana causing them to ripen too quickly. 
  • Separate the bananas from the stem when you bring them home.  Place them in a basket or on a plate on your counter individually.
  • If you need to ripen bananas quickly for a recipe, place the amount needed in a brown paper bag. 
  • If you need to ripen the bananas in less than a day, place an apple in the bag with them.  
  • Or you could simply place the bananas near other ripened bananas in a bowl.
  • Do not place bananas in direct sunlight.  
  • If you slice a banana to use in a fruit salad,  you should sprinkle the slices with some fresh lemon juice to prevent the bananas from turning brown.  

And if you have over-ripened bananas, you can freeze them to use at a later date.  I love to freeze my bananas to use for banana bread, muffins or even smoothies.  Simply peel the bananas and place them in a freezer-safe bag.

The next time you need bananas for a recipe, pull the desired number out of the bag, let them defrost and you’re good to go!  If you’re going to use the frozen bananas for a smoothie, there’s no need to defrost.  Just throw the frozen banana in the blender and process along with the other ingredients for your smoothie.

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  1. says

    Banana’s are my nemesis. I can never figure out the best way to store them. I appreciate the tips you give here! Thanks for linking up with Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. We are so glad you came.

  2. says

    I don’t know why bananas are so hard for me to store! my husband loves bananas and I hate buying them b/c they always seem to go brown …I have become very good and making banana muffins lol.

  3. says

    Awesome! You would think I would have figured this out by age 38, but this was very helpful! We have gotten fruit flies a lot lately and someone said they come in on the banana skins as larvae and to wash the bananas once you get them inside. Have you ever heard of that? #SITSsharefest

  4. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    My bananas always turn brown too fast. Thanks for the tips and for sharing at Freedom Fridays


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