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Here Are a Few Ways to Go About Ripening Bananas If You Need Them Right Now

Imagine this: you have decided to bake the perfect banana bread for your family. You plan your shopping list, head to your neighborhood supermarket, and find a trough filled with underripe, slightly green bananas. You purchase them, even though you need ripe bananas ASAP. This is where our helpful tip for the week comes in! Even though you now have these unripe bananas, you do not have to wait days for them to become usable. Instead, ripen them on your own with any of these methods below.

Ripen Bananas in Days

If you have a few days to spare, consider following the most natural method for ripening bananas. Grab a paper bag and place the bananas inside. (Bonus points if you have other fruit to add to the bag – this will only speed up the ripening process!) Fold the bag and leave it alone for 24 hours. Check the bag daily, until the fruit is at your desired level of ripeness.

Ripen Bananas in Hours

Got a few hours on your hands? Why not ripen your bananas in the freezer? Cold temperatures are great for softening bananas. All you have to do is place the bananas in a plastic bag and toss it in your freezer for a few hours. Don’t worry if you see the peels begin to blacken! This is a normal part of the ripening process. You'll find that the interior fruit is still good to eat.

Ripen Bananas in Minutes

If you need that banana bread loaf as soon as possible, you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that there’s a way to ripen bananas in as little as 15 minutes. Simply heat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, place unpeeled bananas on a baking sheet, and cook them for 15 to 20 minutes. This method will soften and sweeten the fruit quickly, so they’ll be ideal for sweet breads and other recipes.

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