Tomorrow I an receiving a delivery of organic produce from a wholesalers, this will be the first time I am having to organise a box of bananas for lone consumption. I eat 15-20 bananas per day and my box is 18kg (about 100 bananas), as I want to make the box last a week I am going to have to speed ripen those I want first and delay ripen those I want to eat last. Can any comrades ( as apparently this is a cult !!) give me any pointers on how to best achieve this?
I hope you'll get an answer, I'm very interested to know about this too, I go to the store every 3 days or so to get green bananas so that I always have some ripening while I eat others, but it's kind of pain, I'd love to just buy a big box every week, I just don't know how not to end up with 20 darkening bananas I have to freeze after a few days.
Having a similar problem right now after receiving my first wholesaler delivery last Friday. So far, I've had some success storing bananas at different temperatures. Some I keep in the kitchen/living room, some a moderately cool room in the basement and some in a cool room in the basement (earth flooring instead of concrete). I say only some success as overall they are still ripening faster than I'd like, but we are currently having a heat wave here, so that might be to blame as well.
I have found that leaving the bananas in the box will ripen them up faster because of all the ethylene produced and that spreading the bananas out so that they have more air circulating around them slows them down a bit. Also if you have somewhere that is fairly cool to store them it will slow down the ripening. My bananas are ripening faster with the warmer weather at the moment and also attracting a swarm of fruit flies!
Thanks Carl ... do you buy organic bananas by the box and if so what does it cost you?, I found a specialist organic wholesaler in Devon and e mailed them to see how much or little produce they would deliver to me for and they replied with about £100. They are delivering in my town Tuesdays anyway so I ordered 5kg of medjools for £53, 8kg of oranges for £13.80, 7kg of grapes for £18.90, 9 mangos for £8.90 and 18kg of Bananas for £20. I told em i'd order every fortnight.
I remember the sweaty ethylene from my days working in a greengrocers in Chelsea. When they arrive would it be best to take half of them out and store them in a cool place and keep the other half in the box somewhere warm until they show ripening. You'd think i'd know having worked with fruit for 8½ years but we just put the whole box out on show one at a time, ripest box first.
How about putting some in the fridge, if they're destined to become smoothies, would that make them the ones that ripen the slowest of all then?
I think refrigeration is too cold for bananas, they'd go black and slatey and not ripen. I think a better answer in that case would be to let them ripen naturally and go spotty and then freeze them to be used whenever. A solution I was seeking was slightly slowing the natural ripening process for some of the box and slightly hastening others to give me a maximum window of readiness (5-7 days). I eat bananas whole and not in smoothies as i find that way more palateable and better digestion.