How I keep bananas fresh for up to 10 days

About a year ago, when I was visiting my mom,

she asked me if I wanted a banana.

I was a little perplexed as she knows I help myself when I need a snack.

When I declined, she said, “oh you should have a banana!”

Being more perplexed that she was insisting that I have a banana.

So I agreed, and she proceeded to the refrigerator!

I was even MORE perplexed. Why is she opening the refrigerator to get a banana?

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She reached into the fridge and took out a banana.

It was  dark in color as a banana would get being refrigerated.

She said she was saving it for me . . . cue another perplexed look on my face.

“OK Mom, what is going on?”

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“Here, try it” . . . So I peeled back the darkened skin of the banana

and saw that it looked pretty good on the inside. . . . took a bite and it was actually good.

“Well, I learned how to keep bananas fresh for up to 10 days from the Japanese channel!” ,

she said with such joy. My mom just loves her “TV Japan.”

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“Excuse me?! . .  I am eating a 10 day old banana?!”

Me being impressed, asked her to teach me how to do this,

as I buy organic bananas and they tend to go bad more quickly than non-organic bananas.

So this is what you do as my mom taught me.

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When the bananas are at the desired ripeness that you prefer, follow these steps:

1. Separate each banana making sure the top stem stays intact (no banana flesh showing).

2. Fill a large bowl with very hot tap water, (not boiling) then place the bananas in the water.

3. Let the bananas sit in the hot tap water for 5 minutes.

4. Remove the bananas from the water and thoroughly dry each one with a towel or paper towel.

5. Place bananas in an open container and place in the refrigerator.

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It works!…now I am sure that results may vary with the type of bananas

and the level of ripeness that the bananas are in when you are about to prepare them.

My mom loves learning tips and tricks of all kinds from her “TV Japan” . . .

and I am glad that she can interpret and share them with us.

She is a happy, happy lady and even happier when she is able to share new things with us.

Here’s to a great day and a great banana!

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  1. So glad she watches that channel and shared it. I did not know this and they do go bad so quickly. One day they are green and then they are mush. Just pinned this.
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  2. What a great tip from the Japanese channel!!! I don’t usually buy bananas because they go bad so quickly. I’ve got to give this a try! Aren’t moms great?
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  3. Linda miller says

    Mom knows best!

  4. Yes! The app for android… and a good tip for my bananas too! Score today!
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  5. I love your posts on your mom, Shirley. It is wonderful that she stays so engaged in life– I hope and pray I can be like that as I get older!

  6. You can also put bananas in a brown plastic bag from the grocery store, they will also keep for up to 10 days. You don’t have to wash them either.

  7. That is crazy….I never heard of that before!!! We don’t buy a lot of bananas but I will have to remember this tip for in the future.
    Have a great weekend!!!
    ~Des
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  8. Thanks so much for sharing this, Shirley. It is a wonderful idea and I love the way you wrote the story.
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  9. This is such a great tip, Shirley! It seems like bananas go bad even more quickly in the summertime.
    Mary Alice
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  10. Shirley,
    This is a great tip. Thanks for sharing and thank you to your sweet mom for watching her TV Japan and getting this great tip. I love bananas but cannot eat them fast enough before they are too ripe so I am going to try this. Happy Friday.
    Have a great week end.
    Kris
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  11. How awesome is that! Bananas are one of my favorite snacks, and being able to keep them longer is a plus! Awesome tip Shirley!!! Thank you:)
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  12. What a wonderful idea! Thank you and your Mom and TV Japan!
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  13. Hi Shirley, This is great and I have always done this too but I did not know about the step with the water first. I will try that next time but I do know it really works and keeps the banana fresh for many days. Loved your pics and thank you mom for sharing her tip.
    Have a nice weekend. xo
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  14. I love this tip! Thanks so much for sharing this, Shirley. Bananas DO always go bad faster than anything else. Can’t wait to try this. Happy weekend! xo Lidy
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  15. Thanks Mom for sharing your tip on bananas….keep watching TV Japan. I have never heard this before, Shirley. I will try this next time I get bananas.

  16. Shirley this is a great tip to share. I have done this for years and I have a perfect banana every time. Then I don’t have to make so much banana bread. lol Enjoy your weekend. Jo
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  17. Donnamae says

    Really! I love bananas…but they have such a short life…I like them when they are still slightly green. I’ll have to try this! Thanks to your mom! 😉

  18. terrye Holcomb says

    Hi Shirley, I rarely write comments, but had to thank Mom for this tip! My husband has only 1/2 banana on his cereal, and will not use them if they start to darken, quite finicky only on the banana issue. Your Mom’s saving the lives of many half-bananas, and making him a happy boy! Thanks Mom!

  19. Shirley, I will definetly try this as we like our bananas just right, not ripe! Thanks to your sweet Mom and thank you for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

  20. I had read somewhere about separating the bananas, but I never heard about the water bath. I buy bananas a lot, but mostly because I use them in smoothies so I actually LIKE when they’re overripe and I peel and freeze them.
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  21. Thank you for sharing. I will stat storing them. I usually take those real ripe bananas I do not eat to work and this one baker takes them and makes bananaa bread with them.

  22. So glad she watches the Japanese channel!!! I never knew this. I am assuming the bananas do turn dark though, right? They just stop ripening. I love bananas and have to go to the store every 3 days to replenish, now I won’t have to!!! Thank to you and your wonderful Mom!!!
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  23. Who knew? Japan TV, huh?
    Brenda
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  24. Shirley, That seems so contrary to everything I’ve heard, what a fun tip! I’m usually at the store every other day anyway but it’s a helpful tip for someone that doesn’t like shopping or the store is a drive 🙂
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