Prolonging the Life of Bananas

bananasAlice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster County
Questions or Comments? Contact Alice Henneman, author

Would you like to keep bananas from ripening so fast once you bring them home from the store?

Keep bananas a couple of days longer by storing them in the refrigerator after they've reached the desired degree of ripeness. The outside will turn brown, but they will still be light-colored on the inside.

Another option is to buy bananas in varying degrees of ripeness so they don't all ripen at the same time.

Or, enjoy ripe bananas in these recipes found in our smoothie recipe collection:

  • Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake
  • Let's Drink a Banana Split
  • Awesome Banana Walnut Shake

Frozen banana slices also work well in all types of smoothies and add extra thickness to the smoothie. One of the easiest ways to freeze banana slices is to:

  • Cut bananas into about 1/2-inches slices.
  • Lay the slices in a single layer on a parchment- or plastic wrap-lined cookie sheet (make sure the cookie sheet fits in your freezer first!)
  • Freeze for a couple of hours until the bananas are frozen solid. They will not darken during this time.
  • Remove and store in freezer bags to use in smoothies as needed.


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