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Jun 16, 2007 03:31 PM

Bananas in the fridge - yes or no?

Husband claims does not want bananas to ripen all at once and has stuck some in the fridge. OK or will it eventually kind of ruin the texture like with tomatoes?

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  1. I don't put bananas in the fridge because that turns the skin an ugly brown. Not sure if it will change the texture...but I believe that it would.

    1. Doesn't ruin the texture, but as noted the skin turns black and once you take them out of the fridge, you have to eat it immediately ... no packing the banana in the lunch bag or you'll get banana slime. Also, if he's putting not quite ripe bananas in there, they won't ripen correctly. I pretty much only put bananas in the fridge when they are getting on the ripe side. It keeps them a few more days than on the counter.

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      1. re: rworange

        I totally agree however I don't get the banana slime thing. I do it all the time and have never had this experience. Perhaps because I take my lunch in a cooler so it keeps cool until I take it out.


        1. re: rworange

          Ditto to all. They last much longer. I don't mind the black peel.

          1. I put mine tied in a plastic bag. it slows their ripening dramatically. once taken out of the bag they ripen more quickly. they don't turn black.

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            1. re: cheetobrain

              Cool hint. I'll have to try that. Just like the grocery store produce bags or something heavier like ziplock?

              1. re: rworange

                You know, I would be careful about putting them in plastic bags because it tends to trap moisture, which causes the bananas too become soggy and limp.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Better to skin them, wrap them in foil and put them in the freezer. They taste like banana ice cream!

                2. re: rworange

                  um, just a plastic grocery store bag if you can tie it off airtight enough. I've never had an issue with moist bananas! In fact, they are sold this way at costco I think? tied in a bag still greenish. then they ripen quickly when opened.

              2. put the ones you want to ripen faster in a paper bag with an apple or a tomato...will speed the ripening process.

                Leave the other ones out of the fridge