What Is the Best Way to Keep Bananas?


Quick Answer

To ripen properly, bananas should be stored at room temperature. They should not be stored in a plastic bag or in the refrigerator because bananas in plastic bags may not ripen evenly, and bananas in the refrigerator stop ripening.

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Many people like bananas to be yellow or mostly yellow when they eat them. Unripened green bananas can be hard to digest, and placing them overnight in a brown paper bag with an apple or onion makes them ripen faster. To slow down ripening, bananas can be placed in the refrigerator. Very ripe bananas make moist banana bread; the riper a banana, the sweeter and creamier it is.

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