I don\’t know about all of you, but over the years I have thrown away a lot of bananas that have gone overripe and its always bothered me. Such a waste of food, and you can only freeze so many. I mean how much banana bread can one person eat? So, what to do?
I decided to do some research and after reading too many long winded scientific explanations. Yes, people have spent a lot of time on this subject. I realized that most of the suggestions were far too much work, like wrap each banana individually and use a banana hanger and increase the airflow, keep away from other fruit etc.
I came up with what seemed to be a simple solution and I am happy to say, it works very well, and I have pics to prove it.
Apparently, its all about blocking the uptake of ethylene to the bananas, and there is a simple way to do it. The pics below show the bananas after 4 days and they have not ripened one bit more than when I bought them.
Step 1- Wrap the base of the banana with plastic wrap/cling wrap.
Step Two – Wrap an elastic/rubber band around the plastic wrap to secure it.
When you want to use a banana, just remove the wrap and take off a banana and re-wrap. This is important. If you cut one off, then you create a spot for the ethylene to uptake.
I mean how easy is that? I will update after a few more days and compare, but 4 days is good for me, as I was losing bananas in 2-3 days.
Update: Here they are after 5 days sitting on the counter. Minimal difference from the original pic and they are still firm and slightly green on the ends. Works for me.