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Bananas will ‘stay fresh for up to 2 weeks’ when following professional chef’s genius tip

Bananas are one type of produce households need to store properly or they will end up with a brown banana very quickly.

While many people put their over-ripened bananas to great use for delicious banana bread recipes, there are only so many of them you can bake.

A perfect banana is ideal for topping off your pancakes, pairing with peanut butter for a quick snack, or eating on its own.

As bananas ripen, they release ethylene gas, which makes them turn brown. But some ways might potentially slow down the browning of bananas.

Previously speaking to Express.co.uk, professional chef Peter Sidwell has shared how bananas need to be stored. 

He noted that as bananas love warm, moist and bright conditions to ripen, they should immediately be removed from their plastic wrapping to “keep your fruit fresher for longer”. 

The chef recommends storing bananas away from any windows, out of direct sunlight and away from any source of condensation and it’s also “best to choose a cool spot”. A “cool spot” should be at a distance from the oven or any other source of heat.

Bananas will continue to ripen at room temperature so once they’ve reached your ideal level of ripeness they can be popped in the fridge to “slow down the process”. 

Peter said: “I recommend using a banana preserving bag if you do want to keep your bananas in the fridge. Polyester bags will help keep your bananas fresh for up to two weeks – don’t worry if the skin turns brown in the fridge, the taste won’t be affected.”

Households can purchase the KitchenCraft Banana Reusable Storage Bag from Amazon for £8.99. Customers like the freshness, value, performance, and quality of the food storage bag. For example, they mention it keeps bananas fresh for weeks, it’s worth the money, and it extends the shelf life of bananas. 

Elsewhere households can opt for Lakeland’s Yellow Banana Bag which retails for £7.99. Customers noted that their bananas were still in good condition after two weeks, however, their only downside was that it didn’t stop the banana skins from browning.

Remember to never refrigerate bananas before they are ripe though as they’ll “remain hard and tasteless”. 

For those leaving their banana outside of the fridge, they should never keep them close to other fruit. This not only ripens bananas quicker but also has the same effect on the other fruit.

The expert explained: “Bananas actually release a gas called ethylene from their stems which ripens then and surrounding fruit, making them go rotten faster. 

“Apples, pears and melons are particularly sensitive to this gas so it’s best to store bananas separately from your other fruit.”

Alternatively, households could wrap their banana stems in plastic to trap the ethylene gas and slow down the rotting process. 

The chef has also shared a tip for those who are looking to only eat half a banana and want to save the rest for later, but do not want it to turn brown.

Peter said: “If you cut open a banana it will quickly become oxidised and turn brown. 

“If you only want to eat half and save the rest for later, I recommend sprinkling the remaining fruit with a small amount of lemon juice to lower pH levels and wrap in cling film to reduce more oxygen turning the fruit brown.”

For those who’ve just purchased bananas, but don’t plan on eating them for months, they should freeze them. Peter said: “You can also freeze bananas for up to six months, but they will taste best after the first three months.”

Make sure to peel the fruit before freezing to stop them from going mushy when defrosting and to speed up the thaw.


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