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We're not loving the bananas that I put in the refrigerator. They turned black. I took them out a few days ago and l put them on the table in the sun, hoping that they would ripen.

But they totally don't taste right. There's an aftertaste too.

I'm not sure it's worth getting a whole case of bananas if a large number of them taste like this.

I am going to have to find the guts to do like BeMe and ask for the ripe bananas. I'd be happy to pay full price. I just want loads of ripe bananas.

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BEME, thats whats happening to my neon bananas, they still green but with freckles. Not quiet sure what to do about that just yet..

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I used to put almost ripe bananas in the refrigerator and they would turn black but the inside would stay as it was when I put them in the fridge so maybe that would help sometimes if you don't always want to freeze them. I also bought some really green ones recently that didn't ripen the way I am used to. They stayed mostly green but also got freckles? Very weird!

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That is such a cute image of your banana loving bunny!

I have a freezer full of bananas and plenty more ready to go. I see some mighty thick smoothies in our future.

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I was at the co-op the other day and they where selling organic bananas that were over ripe for half off!

I already had tons of ripe ones at home but they were perfect!

I made the mistake of leaving my bag on the floor with a banana in it. My rabbit was out and was attacking the bag to get the banana. That little thing could live off them if she wanted but I try to limit her.

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Well Kneyrus I learned a lot from my adventure with 2 cases of bananas. The neon green bananas are not doing well. Most have turned completely black. The other box has done well.

When we get close to the end of this box I'm going to take that top from BeMe and see if I can get some already ripe ones. And from now on, I'll only buy one box at a time!

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Rosalie, did those neon bananas ever got spots on em? lol .. I had to get some neon nanas few days ago and they not looking that hot :(
Going on the hunt for ripe bananas tomorrow..

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Great forum everybody. I am a big banana eater too and I cannot stand it when I go to the store and every banana they have out is totally green.

Great advice. I am sure the stores in my area throw out a ton of them everyday.

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thankfully my local grocery store sells the "over ripe" bananas cheaper then the yellow ones! I love it because they are ready to eat. I buy a bunch of those and then get some yellow and some green and yes I fill up there banana boxes lol. I get more looks when I am rolling melons down the conveyor belt to the cashier lol. I just hang up the ones I want to ripen sooner and keep the rest in the box.

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Thank you Mindy! I will definitely check with local stores. We have a food pantry close by in the church that receives tons of fruit and vegetable donations from the stores, I often go there and get boxes and boxes of fruits, sometimes they aren't that good, but most of the time they are perfect, church mostly resells it, but even they isn't able to sell and give all of it away, lots of times, just like you mentioned, there are boxes on the street outside for people to take all they want for free. It has allowed me to drive the cost of my produce way down. Worth looking into for sure!

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After reading about all the bananas I thought I would share something. I work in a food ministry at my church where we pick up food daily from 5 different grocery stores (TJ's & Fresh & Easy) and we serve it to the poor & needy twice a week. We literally pick up hundreds of pounds of bananas every week. It's not unusual to receive 50 to 100 lbs. per day. They are PERFECT, very ripe with lots of brown spots. However the average consumer will not buy this ripe of a banana. Even though we serve approx. 250 people per week, we still end up throwing away so many bananas. I would suggest that everyone speak to your store manager or produce manager & ask if you could pick up some of their bananas once a week or so. Just explain how many bananas you personally use. Today our food ministry gave away food to 143 families and we still ended up throwing away approx 30 lbs. of bananas. We have so many that we actually set the bananas out in a crate and tell the people to take as much as they can carry. By the end of the day, with the heat, the bananas are turning black & getting mushy. (Perfect!) I am very blessed to be able to have all the bananas I need, but even with as much as I use, I could never use the amount the stores get rid of. You have no idea how many bananas the grocery stores get rid of each day. It's unbelievable. I would encourage everyone to try to get some of these. It won't hurt to try!

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I think I will be on banana island tomorrow.. I was pretty much on it today too, the only variation was 2 mangoes and half a pound of kale.. lol
I have a lot of brownish bananas and I don't want to freeze them all .. I got to remember next time not to clear out all of the bananas on sale, only enough for a week or so ..lol

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you can always cut them up and freeze them if they all ripen at the same time.

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Yes! Thanks to your encouragement. I hope they ripen in sequence.

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wow we you didn't money around with the bananas and now your set. woo hoo

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Well my dear friends I just came home with 80 pounds of bananas. One box is filled with neon green bananas and the other with slightly yellow ones. I put a lot of the yellow ones on the table where they'll get sunlight. The rest I put in the dark in the basement where it's cool.

Pete is skeptical - but I am so tired of worrying that we're getting low on ripe bananas.

BTW it was easier than I ever imagined to get the boxes of bananas. The price wasn't reduced at all but it wasn't bad 54cents a pound.

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I have seen ripened bananas for sale for cheap and baught some befor but I'm not sure if it was a box full but they were in special bags.

I love aldi I can get alot of fruits and veggies for very cheap.

Ok I'm not a big banana eater, I like them but I can only eat one and thats it. I love making chocolate banana ice cream.

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That's so funny Dani. We're starting a trend - I'm sure of that!

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Hahahha I keep waiting for someone to ask me if I have a monkey at home.

The people at the co-op act like it's no big deal but at whole foods they always forget how to ring up a case of bananas and then have to go and find someone to help them. You think that Whole Foods would have more people buying cases of stuff. The girls there usually ask what we use them for...it tends to go like this..."omgeee like why all the bananas do you like totally eat them all like omgee" I want to be like YES WE EAT ALL OF THEM EVERY SINGLE ONE IN LIKE TOTALLY LIKE 3 DAYS OMGEE. hahahaha.

One day they will be buying cases of them too.

I guess at the co-op all the other cases people order are boxed or canned mcvegan food.

I was very surprised.


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Isn't it fun to just look them straight in the eye? And then when they ask if you've got a monkey at home - just say yes!

Hold your head up high - we're on the right path.

I am getting a couple of boxes this very afternoon. Thanks for all the encouragement. I love knowing that we have plenty to eat in the house.

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One of my local grocery stores was having a sale on bananas for 35 cents a pound (about 14 bucks a case), so I bought 2 cases. Everyone in line was staring at me. LOL! The guy behind me asked if I had a gorilla in the house... I said, "yeah, ME!" It was an interesting experience, but I got tons of naners! YUM!

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This is all so helpful! And, yes indeed, a fascinating and complicated subject!



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I get them by box from ALDI, they are 44cents a pound, so 40lbs box is under $18 dollars, once in awhile they have them at 22cents and I asked manager to call me every time they reduce the price :) 3-4 medium bananas on average make a pound/ a little more. 1 box lasts me about a week and probably is the lowest cost produce I get. I put some on the sunny spot by the window, some in the darker and colder spot on the basement, some in the refrigerator and freeze some if they getting too brown. Who knew that the art of ripening the bananas can be so fascinating? lol

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That's great Dani!

I feel bolder now after reading how you just make it part of your regular plan.

WooHoo!

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We are now getting two cases of bananas from the co-op on Fridays and then getting one later on in the week from Whole Foods. The ones from Whole Foods are always super green but the ones from the co-op are yellow usually.

We put some in a box with an apple in a warm spot to help them ripen.

They certainly are a staple food and no one seems to understand that we need ones with spots haha. Not neon green!



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I know huh? I think I should get really brave and when I talk to the Produce guy about the bananas from the day before - the ones they think are too ripe to sell.

If those are being thrown out then there is tremendous waste. People are hungry in this country.

Much as I would like to buy those (and hopefully at a reduced price) I'd rather see them go to a food pantry.

I don't know why I feel so much anxiety about asking for those ripe bananas. They're what I need.

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Great idea. I have not actually bought a full case, but I do know how you feel.....why is it that everywhere I look, everyone is selling GREEN bananas? This is not going to cut it, people! So, not working for my dietary needs.

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Bananas are such an important staple in my daily calories. I'm feeling concerned because my ripening time isn't meeting my needs. If I don't get enough calories in, them I start to have cravings and sometimes give in to them. I feel so much better having completely raw - completely 80/10/10 days.

I think I'll talk to the produce manager about getting a case of bananas and then ripening only a few every day by taking them out of the box.


Anyone ever get a case at a time?

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