How to Store Bananas

By LeafTV Contributor

How to Store Bananas. Half the world eats bananas raw and sweet, while the other half cooks it as a starchy vegetable. Whichever way you choose to partake of this tropical fruit, careful storage can make bananas all the more enjoyable.

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How to Store Bananas

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How to Store Bananas

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Step 1

Step 1

Leave bananas in a closed paper bag at room temperature if they are not yet ripe.

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Step 2

Step 2

Place an apple in the bag to speed ripening. The apple gives off ethylene gas, which causes fruit to ripen.

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Step 3

Step 3

Once bananas become ripe - that is, yellow in color, speckled with a bit of brown - put them in your refrigerator, preferably at a temperature of about 50F (10C).

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Step 4

Step 4

Store for no more than 2 weeks.

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Step 5

Step 5

Once cut, sprinkle with citrus juice to stop them from browning too quickly.