Question: This senior citizen has a different problem with bananas: how do you keep them from becoming ripe too soon?
Now that I live alone I never buy more than 3 at any one time. I eat one every day and have a shop quite close to home so it is easy for me to do it that way. Sometimes I pick 3 separate ones from different bunches which all look to be in the correct state of ripening for me to eat them in the correct order. I don't like them green but nor do I like them spotty and almost black.
By ones that are in varying stages of ripeness. Some yellow and some with a little green and some that are totally green.
I wish I knew. I had heard once you can freeze them, without the peel, and they will come out tasting good, but I've never tried it. When I ask my husband to buy some bananas, I always caution him to only buy two or three but he invariably comes home with a bunch of them. We eat them with ice cream a lot. Banana bread when they get too ripe.
You can put them in the ice box when they are ripe, the peels will darken but they are still good.
keep them away from apples and don't keep them closed up because the gases in an enclosed area will hasten ripening, and keep them in a cool place.
I bought a bunch of red bananas on sale and it was difficult to tell if they were ripe because the peels are dark red, I peeled one and it was still green.
I buy the greenest ones I can find and then let them ripen, eat one a day because slightly green ones have a resistant starch that is good for the metabolism. Used to make a lot of banana breads and freeze them up and serve for breakfast or give to my friends.
I hate it when that happens !
My solution? I am thinking about just walking across the parking lot to my Fred Meyers store and buying one banana at a time. I'm sure that since you live in Washington, there is a Fred Meyers in your town.
Sometimes, when buying more than one, the bananas are too ripe by the time I get back home. The single purchase could be the answer.
When my bananas start looking a little to ripe, I put them in the dehydrator. Dried bananas are wonderful. You can put them in a jar and they last months and months. Reconstitute them with some water or milk and use them for banana cream pie or banana pudding or in a strawberry banana shake.
We just like snacking on them.
I haven't figured out how to buy just enough bananas and not any extra. I do tend to buy them a little on the green side. They'll ripen in just a couple of days.
I agree with Patti. Also I buy them green and put a couple in a brown paper bag to ripen to eat in 2 days. Then put 2 more in the bag.
What Patti said.
Ideally, keep them around 50 degrees F., not in contact with each other, or with other fruit, or with anything else (suspending them in the air is best).
Purchase fewer bananas
Buy some green or buy fewer.
The only way i have found is to eat them. :o)