Extend your bananas' shelf life to six months using effective storage technique

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Bananas turning brown could be a thing of the past with this handy food storage tip.

When stored in the fridge, bananas can last up to a week, compared to just two to six days when left on the counter. Those looking to make them last even longer can take things a step further with a simple tip.

Wrapping the stems in plastic can further extend their shelf life by slowing down the release of ethylene gas, which ripens the fruit. The plastic wrap acts as a barrier, containing the ethylene gas and thus prolonging the fruit's freshness.

According to Allrecipes, there's a way to extend the shelf life of bananas by up to six months or even more, reports the Express.

Freezing ripe bananas is the key to extending their longevity by half a year or more, but it needs to be done correctly. Instead of freezing the whole bunch or individual bananas, they should be peeled first.

The peeled bananas should then be sliced and placed in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, preventing them from clumping together in the freezer.

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When you fancy a slice of banana, simply defrost the pieces in the fridge overnight or leave them on the kitchen counter for three hours if you want them the same day.

Bananas can also be frozen for later use in smoothies or ice cream. To do this, puree the bananas and pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the cubes into a freezer bag and label for future reference.

Alternatively, you can enjoy fresh bananas for a week if you store them in the fridge with plastic wrapped around the stems.

Before placing bananas in the fridge, make sure they are ripe and yellow, and not green. While the banana skins will turn brown in the fridge, the inside of the bananas will remain fresh and tasty.

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