Does bananas go bad? It’s a very popular question. There are different types of bananas all over the world but they are all good for health.
If you are not a fan of bananas, you might need to reconsider to add this kind of fruit to your kitchen and the daily menu. You might be surprised how nutritious a banana is.
A rich source of fiber, carbs, vitamins and minerals that bananas contain will help you lower the risk of many health problems such as heart diseases, digestive health and blood pressure.
Like avocados, bananas usually appear in the regular dish of those who are in the diet. However, this fruit turns tender when being ripe so there is a high chance that it will go bad easily.
If you have a lot of bananas on hand that cannot use in one time, you should know how long they can last and how to store them with appropriate ways.
How long do bananas last?
You need to be aware of the fact that the shelf life of different conditions and ripeness of bananas will be distinct.
Specifically, the time that unripe bananas, rip bananas, cut or dried bananas last can vary. Let’s take a look at this table:
|Type of banana||Pantry||Fridge||Freezer|
|Green or unripe banana||2-5 days until ripe||x||x|
|Ripe banana||2-3 days||5-7 days||x|
|Cut banana||2-3 days||x|
|Dried banana||Expiration date||Expiration date + 2-4 months||x|
To explain a bit further, dried bananas are a kind of processed fruit that you can easily buy from the supermarket.
They are usually packaged in a bag with the label on and the shelf life of this sort is based on the best-by date on the bag.
How to tell if bananas go bad?
Generally, when a fresh banana ripens, it will have a beautiful bright yellow peel and the texture of the flesh inside is firm but you still feel tender when biting.
Once it starts to over-ripen, there appear brown spots on the peel.
However, this doesn’t tell that the banana is necessary to be thrown away now, you will need to check if the flesh has liquid or not then it’s time to decide to keep or toss it.
Regarding dried bananas that are packed in a bag, they will be mold when the moisture contacts the inside of the package. At that time, you should think about discarding the fruit.
How to store bananas?
Like other fruits, we have numerous ways to store bananas and different types will require different methods.
You can just let unripe bananas cool in dark and dry place such as your panty or counter.
As mentioned before, ripe bananas can last 2 to 3 days at room temperature so if you are about to savor them within those days, nothing to worry.
But if you expect to keep them a bit longer, fridge will be a good choice since it will lengthen 3 to 4 more days.
Whole bananas don’t call for any preservation bag but you will need to cover peeled or cut bananas tightly before putting them in the fridge.
Dried bananas can be both kept in your pantry or in the fridge, but once you open the package, better keep the rest in an airtight container or seal the package tightly.
Some people might think: “What if I want to stock up and store bananas in months?” Well, using a freezer is indisputable.
Can you freeze bananas?
Yes, you can freeze bananas to make it last up to 3 months. But there are several notices that you should pay your attention in some special cases.
How to freeze bananas?
Now you are going to learn how to freeze bananas properly in just some simple steps.
Tips to freeze bananas
- Leaving the peel on will turn it into brown, but don’t worry as the flesh inside the banana is still safe
- It’s recommended to freeze any types of bananas in small portion size so it will be more convenient to thaw when you need to use
Things you’ll need to freeze bananas
- A freezer-safe container or bag
- A baking sheet
How to freeze bananas slices
- Place the banana slices on a baking sheet then put in the freezer for a few hours
- Once they are frozen, transfer them in a freezer bag
- Label the bag with storage date and freeze it
How to freeze whole bananas
- Keep the peel or not (optional) then put the bananas into a freezer bag
- Label the bag with storage date then stick it in the freezer
How to freeze mashed bananas
- Put mashed bananas into a freezer bag or separate bags/ containers that will contain a small amount to use in one meal
- Label the bag/ container and freeze it
How to defrost/ thaw bananas?
Defrosting bananas is not a hard task and below are some ways to help you thaw your frozen bananas
Tips to defrost bananas
- The defrosting time can vary depending on the size and kind of bananas that you freeze
- Thawing at room temperature is not recommended. You can submerge the freezer bag in cold water to shorten the defrosting time
Things you’ll need to defrost bananas
- A refrigerator
How to defrost bananas in the fridge
- Transfer the freezer bags into the fridge and let them thaw in a few hours or overnight
How to defrost bananas at room temperature
- Just leave the freezer bags on your kitchen counter until bananas are completely thawed
Once frozen bananas are totally defrosted, you can start using them straightly to the dish per your own recipe.