Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Slower ripening for bananas

We eat lots of bananas at our house, between packed lunches, smoothies, and snacks. Kim C.'s post about the convenience of bananas rings true! Now, if only bananas hadn't doubled in price recently. At least we're not consuming 30 pounds of bananas each week, like Kim's family. ;)

Our banana stash... currently

To keep bananas from ripening as quickly, separate them at the top, and keep greener bananas away from more yellow ones. Riper bananas emit more ethylene which causes the other bananas to ripen more quickly.

If you ever do want a banana to ripen more quickly, you can put it in a brown paper bag and close the top. :)

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Kitchen Tip Tuesdays Participants

1. IfOnlyI HadSuperPowers (bulk canned tomatoes)
2. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (Chicken Veggie Quesadillas)
3. Debbie J. (The Spring Kitchen)
4. Handprints on the Wall (Quick Strawberry Hulling)
5. Lynn (baking chocolate)
6. Candace (storing ginger)
7. Kim (Single servings)
8. Miranda (homemade mixes tip)
9. Julie Stiles Mills (5 minute veggie chop)
12. Rachael @ Beans & Rice (stretching ground beef)
13. Ann\'Re (Cast Iron Care)
14. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home (healthy oatmeal preparation)
15. AmyG (home made cleaning product)
16. Erica (freezing bananas)
17. Mandy @ Biblical Homemaking (my favorite and frugal pans)
18. Mrs. S (Burritos without the fuss)
19. Nicole @The Simple Cajun Life (Getting kitchen cabinets to stay closed)
20. Liberty (Gluten Free For Less)
21. Babychaser (Keeping up with the dishes by hand)
22. Our Red House (Menu Planning and Grocery Shopping the Red House Way)
23. Niki (egg mcmuffin tip)
24. Blessings Abound (Biscuits)
25. Every Good and Perfect GIft -Making Frozen Yogurt
26. Every Good and Perfect GIft -Recipe card holder
27. Kirstin: fruit and flower tip
28. Mrs Pear (Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Granola Oatmeal)
29. Spending Simply (frugal banana dessert)
30. Melinda (lettuce)



I'm glad to see the price of bananas is a global thing and not just my area. Our price only went up 10 cents a pound, though. It's too bad because we go through a lot of them.

Glad you're back Tammy!

I need to follow your tips about bananas. Ours always get ripe too fast and I hate ripe bananas! Thanks1

how funny....your tip is on bananas and mine is on apples! How did that happen:):)

Thanks for the tip - I'm always mystified by how fast my bananas seem to ripen, especially since I purposefully pick them up a little green.

Thanks for the mention. We love bananas, but The Boy definitely eats more than his share. He calls them "mannas," and wakes up needing them like his dad needs his morning coffee. We've started calling him Manna Man.

What a great tip, Tammy!

We don't eat too many bananas around here (not because we don't like them - actually, we love them - but we choose to buy local fruit whenever possible) but we happen to have some around at the moment. I'll make sure to try this out. :)

But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]. --Isaiah 62:4

Thanks for all of the great recipes!

Hi I just thought I'd mention what to do with all those left over banana peels. Take an empty 2 liter bottle (ie pepsi) put the banana peel, 1 c sugar, 1 c. cider vinegar and fill to curving part with warm water. Put the lid on and shake it up to dissolve the sugar and then tie a stout string around the top and hang (take the lid off and save it to put on when its full) it in a tree, it will soon fill up with flies. Much cheaper than those stinky boughten fly traps. It doesnt seem to work in the open, it needs to hang in a tree. We put out hundreds of these every summer.

Debbie, thanks for sharing about the fly traps! :)

We do just as you suggested and it works like a charm. Also, when they start getting too ripe, I put them in the fridge and although the skin turns dark, the inside will stop ripening and they will stay perfect for a few more days.

I don't mind paying more for bananas. When I lived in Costa Rica and saw first-hand the horrors of working in the commercial banana fields and how sick the workers were from the chemicals, I couldn't understand why the US wouldn't pay more for bananas. THose poor folks need the extra money, and although I'm pretty sure THEY aren't seeing the excess money, I think it's time we Americans shelled out a bit more for one of the cheapest fruits around.

Bananas are one of the few fruits we've noticed to taste totally different if they are organic. It's really amazing, and the price difference is almost non-existant currently due to the increase in regular ones.

Dana, I've never tried organic bananas! I'll have to check at Kroger, which is the only store here that carries them (I think). :)

And I am all for the actual workers getting paid more... it's very sad that so frequently most of the profit never reaches the farmer/worker. Definitely a good reason to buy local or directly from family businesses! 

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