We’ve already told you all about what it takes to keep your bananas fresher for longer, but we admit that we’ve only really covered short-term options. And though adding several days to the lives of these miracle fruits sure can be helpful, we actually found out about a way that can keep them tasting great for months!
This extraordinary food hack is an absolute must for all of you potassium lovers out there. Sure, it requires a bit of slicing and dicing, but it also can keep that incredible fruit yummy for up to 4 months. If you like dropping banana slices in your morning cereal or oatmeal, this is for you!
To get started on this incredible banana-saving hack, first gather together these materials….
- Butter knife
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Freezer bags
…then follow these simple steps:
Choose your bananas wisely
This process is all about preserving bananas in their best form, so it probably goes without saying that you should not be trying this with bruised, brown, or mushy ones. Bananas that are bright yellow, ripe, and have minimal damage make the best candidates.
Slice ‘em up
Peel each banana, and place them on a cutting board. Once complete, take a butter knife and slice each piece of fruit into fourths, making sure to remove and discard those hard ends.
Line your cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper, and place your banana slices on top of it—the pieces should have at least an inch of space between one another. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes.
How to keep more of your favorite foods from rotting
Since you are well on your way to mastering this super-smart, banana-saving tip, let’s take time to highlight some of the ways you can keep your other favorite foods fresher for longer:
Potatoes and Onions
DON’T store these guys in the fridge if you haven’t sliced them yet! Instead, place them in a wire basket in a cool, dry place, like your pantry.
Lettuce and Greens
If your lettuce and greens never last as long as you want them to, consider this simple trick. All you need to do is remove the veggie from its package and wrap the leaves in a paper towel. Once finished, stick in a large plastic zip bag and throw in your fridge’s vegetable crisper.
These pricey superfoods have a way of browning rather quickly after being sliced! To avoid this, place your avocado half in a plastic bag with a slice of onion. If you don’t have one of those on-hand, sprinkle the slice with lemon juice and place in the Ziploc. This simple step can add an impressive 72 hours to the life of your avocado!
Easy enough, right? Now, you are probably wondering just what in the heck you need to do with those freezer bags. To learn that important final step for yourself, be sure to click on Shared Food’s video below. No more throwing out brown bananas!
What do you think of this banana-saving hack? Have you tried this before yourself? Do you have any other ways of making bananas last longer? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!