Hello beautiful fruity people!
So I have two cases of bananas that are pretty yellow (still green stems). Great right?
The problem is that I will be leaving and not coming back until next Sunday (9 days!!), and they will be sitting by themselves to ripen...
Can I put some of them in the freezer/fridge now (before they're ripe)? Or would that spoil them? Would it only work after they're spotty??
Please help me save my bananas!
If they're yellow now, I doubt they'll still be edible in 9 days. Since you've got so many, you can try an experiment and let us know what worked best. Leave 1/3 out to ripen, throw 1/3 in the fridge, throw 1/3 in the freezer.
I'm thinking the freezer will win. Might not be fully ripe when you peel em now, but at least they won't be rotted. Make it the last thing you do before leaving, so they can ripen up a little more before peeling em and storing em in the freezer.
On a side note, have a fun trip!
Thanks for the reply Mathyou!
I will not be leaving until tomorrow night. I could also get someone to put them in the fridge/freezer for me when I'm gone. Would that be better than putting them in the fridge/freezer now?
Yea, then have someone peel and store em in a freezer when they get pretty spotty. I use big zip lock bags and suck all the air out. I can only fit 14 or so in a bag, so it's kind of a lot of bags/work to store 200! lol.
Yeah, I say try an experiment. That way at least you'll learn something.
I already have a ripe box of bananas waiting for me where I am going :p!
Yeah, I am wondering if getting someone to put them in the fridge/freezer after I'm gone is better, or putting them in the fridge/freezer BEFORE the ripen is better...hmm...
Thanks for your suggestion :)
I don't have those green bags, and don't really think I can get them anywhere around here. That's good to know for the future though!
Yeah, I think I will get someone to put as many of them as possible in the freezer/fridge when they get spotty.
I always put mine in the freezer. Peel them first.
Myca, do you put them in the freezer before they're ripe? Or do you mean after they're ripe?
I think if I peel them and put them in the freezer they wouldn't ripen properly...
Thanks guys for all your help!
I decided to give one box away to the soup kitchen here (feeding more people bananas, yay!), and I'm going to keep one box. I'm going to get my friend to put them in the fridge/mostly freezer.
Oh sure Esra, I freeze lots of my bananas for the same reason and I usually do it when the bananas are just starting to get little brown specks, I really like making ice cream out of them and I find them to be much more pleasant tasting when their not too ripe. I remove the skins first and freeze in freezer bags. It's the only way to prevent the loss of many banana's. I found a Yonana machine at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $50.00 and it works great.
Yup! Thanks for the tip. That's what I thought.
I would immediately put a few in the fridge as an experiment to see if they go out of the edible range and the rest I would put in the freezer just before you leave and/or donate somewhere.