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KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (2,874)
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7/9/12 1:31 P

I'm pretty picky when it comes to bananas: I only like them when they're yellow with a bit of green or all yellow with no brown spots. So when I buy them, I plan to eat them only the day of or the day after I buy them.

It helps, if you live alone, to buy half bunches, or just a couple at a time if it's the summer and things ripen quickly. You can put them in the fridge, and the peel may turn black, but the fruit still ripens more slowly.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (31,839)
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7/9/12 12:54 P

I buys some green ones and some more ripe ones. I refrigerate mine because I don't like warm bananas (yes, I know that's weird).

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,687
7/9/12 10:55 A

If you're going to use the bananas for smoothies, or baking, or just mashing up to add to yogurt, they can go in the freezer, too. If they start to get old, too old for you, that's your next step. Freeze without removing the skin.

RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 1,923
7/9/12 9:26 A

I buy them green because right now they ripen way to fast

KAYYYDEE SparkPoints: (7,284)
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7/9/12 9:07 A

I buy them green for my house. I don't eat them, but everyone else in my house does. If they do start going bad, they get put into the freezer and then used in smoothies later.

KEITHA39 SparkPoints: (28,258)
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7/9/12 12:47 A

I buy them pretty green too. I eat one after most demanding exercise routines. By the end of a few days, they're pretty brown, but I still eat them, so long as they're reasonable under the peel.

LINAREX SparkPoints: (22,715)
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7/8/12 10:25 P

I buy bananas at different stages of ripeness so I have some that last all week. Like 3 super green ones, 2 medium green/yellow ones, and 3 ripe ones ready for eating.

SUMSUMS SparkPoints: (12,159)
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7/8/12 7:27 P

I would only buy like 3 or 4 days worth at most. Unless you like smoothies, because over ripe bananas are great for smoothies.

SWALSH329 Posts: 310
7/8/12 6:16 P

i think i'm going to refridgerate them from now on. thank you.

GOOFYNANNY1 SparkPoints: (4,151)
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7/8/12 5:51 P

I love to have a banana with my breakfast.

KTYGRN6 SparkPoints: (1,684)
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7/8/12 5:17 P

I always buy my bananas slightly green and put them in the refrigerator right away. They may turn brown put will remain firm and taste fresh longer than if kept on the counter. The riper the banana the more sugar they contain. I always look for the smallest bunch and buy no more than 5 or 6 at a time. Sometimes I do freeze them and will dip in sugar free choc syrup for a hot summertime treat!!

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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7/8/12 4:54 P

I throw mine in the freezer too and then whip it in the food processor. some times I add a stevia and/or skim milk. Not exactly like ice cream but taste pretty good. You could also add them to yogurt and make a smoothie. Other than that buying less of them is a good option.

SWALSH329 Posts: 310
7/8/12 4:45 P

I think I'm just going to start buying less because I think this last bunch was 7, and I'm worried that they will go bad. But I have 2 left, so I'll have one tomorrow and maybe I'll give the other to my roommate or something.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
7/8/12 4:35 P

Bananas do ripen pretty quickly; if I'm buying bananas, I'm typically starting to eat them that same day and 1 every day after. Otherwise, they go bad so I only buy 2 or 3 bananas and eat other fruit that keeps longer, like apples. If they start to go bad, I put them in the freezer and use them to make banana bread later.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (52,407)
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7/8/12 2:40 P

in the summer I like to put them in the freezer, then give them a whirl in my food processor. Yummy just like ice cream!!

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VICSAC Posts: 418
7/8/12 1:43 P

You can refrigerate bananas. The skin will continue to blacken (and look pretty ugly) but the refrigeration will stop the ripening process of the banana.

SWALSH329 Posts: 310
7/8/12 1:35 P

this may sound like a stupid question but i bought a bunch of bananas on wednesday, and they are already pretty soft, i just put the remaining 2 in the fridge, aren't they used to warm weather? my house does not have central air, so I'm assuming the heat is what was making them turn faster.

should i put them in the refrigerator when i buy them? I've NEVER refrigerated bananas before.

(this seems like such an OBVIOUS thing but i figured i'd ask here)

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