Can I put bananas in the fridge

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “can I put bananas in the fridge?” We will also discuss how to store bananas correctly to keep them fresh for longer.

Can I put bananas in the fridge?

Yes, you can put bananas in the fridge. Bananas are a delicious fruit that is very versatile and could be eaten all year long. You can eat it in smoothies, with cereal, or you can even prepare some banana bread with them, it’s up to you!

However, as fresh bananas only last for a few days in the pantry, it is natural you want to preserve them for longer and the fridge will help you to do so. But you have to be careful about when you should store them in this place.

How long do bananas last?

Depending on the way you store bananas their shelf life will be. First, if they are not ripe you need to let them at room temperature to accelerate the ripening mechanism. This would take you about 2 to 5 days.

After bananas have ripened, it is time to store them in the fridge, there is no other way! You should consume them within 5 to 7 days, past this time they might exhibit a mushy texture and a not-so-delicious flavor.

However, when you have reached this point there is no need to throw the bananas in the trash, you can use them to prepare yourself some banana bread, you will save money and you’ll end up with a delicious dessert. 

How to refrigerate bananas?

Bananas are a delicate type of fruit that should be handled carefully to prevent bruising. Also, you must keep all of your products inside airtight containers to avoid bananas from absorbing any strong odors.

So, if you want to refrigerate bananas properly, you need to wrap them in some plastic wrap which will prevent other fruits from ripening by the gas they produce. 

However, you need to wait until the moment your bananas are ready to be refrigerated, which is when they are as ripe as you want. It is recommended to wait until your bananas start exhibiting some brown spots. You can refrigerate them as a bunch of stems.

  • To refrigerate banana stems. First, you should cut them from the bunch to then wrap their stems in some plastic wrap, to prevent the release of ethylene gas, responsible for ripening. Get further guidance on this subject here.
  • You can also refrigerate the whole bunch of bananas. They also need to wrap them in plastic to prevent rapid ripening. 

It is normal for bananas to go darker when stored in the fridge, so do not panic and throw them away. First, unpeel them and check how the flesh of the fruit is. If the flesh looks yellow and firm, they are still edible.

How to tell when bananas have gone bad?

You only need to pay attention to several visible signs to determine if bananas are still fresh. Check for these signs before consuming stored bananas

  • Bananas turn black and become moldy. It is completely normal to note brown spots on bananas’ skin, but if you notice they have become softer, and have a black color, it is time to discard them.
  • Mushy texture. Bananas should feel firm, when they are soft and mushy, they have likely spoiled.
  • Off smell. Bananas should smell fresh, if the odor has become musty or sour, they are not edible.

Can you freeze bananas?

Freezing bananas will let you enjoy this fruit for a longer time, and can also work to prepare chocolate-covered frozen bananas! However, you should not just throw bananas in the freezer and expect them to do well, you need to follow different guidelines to do so.

First, you need to peel the bananas. You can choose to freeze them whole or cut them into pieces first. Then place them over parchment paper and submit them to a flash freeze.

Once frozen, you need to move them into a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air you can, and seal the bag. You can label the date to help you keep track of time. Consume them within 2 to 3 months, and you are good to go! 

If you have decided to use bananas, you can defrost them without that much trouble. You can leave them in a bowl, or submerge them in cool water. You do need to keep in mind that thawing your bananas can leave you with a mushy treat that might not be as appetizing.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “can I put bananas in the fridge?” We have also discussed other queries related to the subject at hand. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://thekitchencommunity.org/can-bananas-be-refrigerated/

https://www.glad.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/GladUC_HowtoFreezeStoreBananas.pdf

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.