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Bananas- When is it to ripe to use in baking really?

nbermas Jul 14, 2008 12:29 PM

I get these often and my husband loves banana bread and I have 3 that just look yucky but smell sweet so do I or don't?

  1. danhole Jul 14, 2008 01:01 PM

    When they start to get spots, and looking yucky, that is the perfect time to bake with them! That is when they are the sweetest. Not if they are totally black, though.

    1. Life of Pie Jul 14, 2008 02:06 PM

      Even if they are completely black they are still good. If there is mold growing at the stem then it is too late, but that takes awhile.

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      1. re: Life of Pie
        nbermas Jul 14, 2008 03:22 PM

        Thanks just used them and made a great blueberry and banana bread for my husband. It turned out wonderful.

        1. re: Life of Pie
          alkapal Jul 14, 2008 03:24 PM

          completely black bananas have a funky flavor that cannot be salvaged by transforming them into banana bread, imo.

          1. re: alkapal
            todao Jul 14, 2008 09:13 PM

            Ditto, alkapal ... when they're so ripe that they begin to develop a fermented flavor akin to banana wine (IKKKKK) they're past usefulness IMHO.

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