How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time

Articles Aug 08, 2019 13:48

With some simple steps, you can turn green bananas into ripe bananas in an extremely short time.

Banana growers are masters in controling the maturity of their bananas. They store them under certain conditions to extend their products' shelf life. So when we buy bananas home, we sure can borrow the experiences and skills they have developed to ripen bananas. Here, Break has gathered 2 best ways to make green bananas soft and delicious. 

Method one: Use a paper bag to ripen bananas

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time

1. Put the bananas in a paper bag. Bananas release ethylene gas, a phytohormone that promotes fruit ripening. Storing bananas in sealed paper bags increases the concentration of ethylene around the them and promotes their ripening. However, stay away from paper bags with clay or waxy coatings as they absorb ethylene gas and affect the ripening. Plastic bags is also not approriate since they prevent the fruit from coming into contact with oxygen, which in some ways reduces ethylene production.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


2. Add other fruits to the bag (optional). Some other fruits also release ethylene, accelerating the ripening of the bananas. The best choices are apples, pears, apricots, avocados, kiwis, citrus and similar long-term preserved fruits. Other bananas are also helpful for ripening, but unless you use fully ripe bananas, the ripening efficiency will be less than satisfactory. So, use the most ripe fruit you can find, or cut open the fruit to stimulate the release of more ethylene gas. Even leafy vegetables and potatoes can release ethylene gas if they are cut. If you have no other choice, cut them and put them in the bag.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


3. Place the bag in a warm place. High temperatures can significantly accelerate the ripening of bananas. The best ripening temperature is 65–68oF (18–20oC), which maximizes the flavor and texture of the banana. This temperature is quite near the temperature of a normal room. Place the bananas in a warm corner — such as next to a refrigerator or a stove, which may speed up the ripening. This method may not ripen the bananas very evenly though.

Warning: Avoid putting the bag in too humid areas, which can induce molds.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


4. Add a little moisture if the air is too dry. Too low humidity may slow the ripening rate and affect the taste. If the air is dry, turn on the humidifier in the kitchen or put a pot of water near the bag to increase the humidity.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


5. Always check the bananas in the bag and observe the ripeness of them. Bananas usually ripen within 48 hours, but if the bananas are too green, it will take several days to ripen. Check once or twice a day until the bananas in the bag are fully ripe.

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Method 2: Use an oven to ripen bananas

Use this method to make bananas warm and sticky for cooking. Baked bananas are moist, sweet, and tan. This method is a great way to cook banana bread and other baked things. If you just want to eat a warmer, stickier banana, then this method is also a good idea.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


1. Preheat the oven. Preheat it to 300oF (150oC). If you don't want your banana to be completely black, set the oven to the lowest level. It is usually 77oC (170oF).

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


2. Put the bananas into the baking sheet. Cover the baking sheet with baking papers to prevent the baked bananas from leaking onto the baking sheet. Place the unpeeled banana on the baking sheet. Don't overcrow the bananas so that the hot air can flow evenly.

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


3. Check the bananas frequently. Turn on the oven light so you can watch the bananas at all times. For most baking recipes, you can wait until the bananas are completely black. This takes about 20–40 minutes, depending on the size of the bananas and the power of your oven.

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How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time


4. Add the banansa to your recipe. Here is an easy and convenient way to add the baked bananas to the batter: use the scissors to subtract the top of the bananas and squeeze out the "flesh".

How to ripen bananas faster: 2 useful methods to make your bananas ready just in time

More tips:

  • Some Indian merchants will ignite incense (Mosul sandalwood incense) in the room where the bananas are stored. Incense can accelerate the release of ethylene to achieve ripening effect. A proper flame can also release ethylene, but it will bake the bananas, so it is not recommended to use it.
  • There are other ripening methods, but expensive and the smell is unpleasant. “Stearic acid” acts as a food fortifier that makes green bananas more sensitive to ripening ethylene. Since it also prevents the banana from producing ethylene itself, it is only suitable for use when bananas and fruits are placed in a bag for ripening.
  • Freezing bananas also make them mushy, black, and overripe.
  • If the bananas you got is too ripe, you can use them to make banana milkshake and banana bread.
  • The place where the bananas are stored must be protected from moisture, otherwise the bananas will get moldy.
  • Do not store unripe bananas in the refrigerator. Even if they are put back to room temperature after that, the bananas will not be fully ripe.

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