How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

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Want to know how to quickly ripen bananas? Read on to find out! By the end of this post, you’ll learn 4 different ways to help your bananas get to their perfect ripe state quickly.

sliced ripened bananas with honey
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Suppose you’re trying to get a batch of overripe bananas to turn soft. In that case, you’re likely disappointed if you’re looking for them at the grocery store.

This is because most bananas are sold underripe, and yellow bananas are best when they’re soft. You can speed up the ripening process at home in a few different ways to have ripe fruit (bread-ready bananas) in a matter of days, hours, or even a few minutes!

How to Quickly Ripen Bananas

🍌 Method 1: Place On Top of Fridge

Place a bunch of bananas on top of your refrigerator, near the back. On most fridges, that’s a warm spot where the heating element is.

The heating element gives off a consistent, low-level heat, which helps your bananas ripen quickly.

How to quickly ripen bananas
Ripe Bananas | Photo by Benigno Hoyuela on Unsplash

If the fridge method isn’t possible, find another warm area in your house or apartment. For example, you can place your bananas on the windowsill, in direct sunlight, or near a heating vent.

The heat will help them ripen in as little as 24 hours, but it might take up to two days if they’re extra green.

Note: It’s essential to keep your bananas bunched up. The more bananas you have, the quicker each one will ripen.

🍌 Method 2: Use A Brown Paper Bag

Another way to ripen your bananas is to use the brown paper bag method. As bananas ripen, they release a molecule called Ethylene gas. The more ethylene gas near and around bananas, the quicker they ripen.

This is why placing your unripe bananas in a paper bag works so well. The ethylene gas will accumulate in the bag, ripening your bananas super quickly.

a bunch of ripe bananas
Use a brown paper bag to quickly ripen your bananas!

To jumpstart the ripening process, add a ripe apple, tomato, or other fruit to the bag. These fruits also release ethylene gas. Your green bananas will be perfectly yellow within a day or two!

Note: If you don’t have a brown paper bag, use a plastic bag.

🍌 Method 3: Bake Them In The Oven

Baking is an easy way to ripen your bananas as quickly as possible. The folks at Chiquita recommend the best bananas to use are yellow or semi-ripe bananas for this method.

However, be aware that while baking your underripe bananas does produce soft, sweet, brown bananas, they’re not quite as delicious as fresh bananas that have been allowed to ripen naturally.

Naturally ripened bananas have had plenty of time to convert the starches to sugars.

How To Ripen Bananas By Baking Them:

  • Preheat the oven to 300Β°F.
  • Separate the bananas, leaving the banana peel on.
  • Arrange them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning them halfway through.
  • Continue to bake until they’re entirely black.
  • Don’t overcook them, or they will be hard.

While you’re here, check out my delicious Banana Bread Recipe Without Butter. (You can also make banana muffins with this recipe.)

🍌 Method 4: Ripen Bananas In The Air Fryer

Suppose you want to avoid heating the whole house with the oven. In that case, you can use an air fryer!

As mentioned above, air frying your bananas is a convenient shortcut. But the bananas ripened manually won’t be as sweet as bananas that have been left to ripen naturally.

The resulting bananas will be solid black in color and won’t have any brown spots.

How To Ripen Bananas In An Air Fryer:

  • Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Place unpeeled bananas in a single layer.
  • Set the air fryer to 300Β°F.
  • Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the banana peels are black.
  • Let bananas cool to room temperature.

If you’re in the market for an air fryer, check out my post detailing the best small air fryers money can buy.


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FAQs for ripening bananas

🍌 How To Store Ripe Bananas

If you have bananas starting to go bad, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also put them into a sealed freezer bag and store them for much longer.

Storing your bananas means you’ll always have some ripe bananas on hand. Eat them as a snack or use them in baking.

Personally, I slice my ripe bananas and then freeze them. Frozen banana slices make an incredibly delicious snack!

🍌 How long Do Bananas Stay Fresh in the Fridge?

Ripe bananas will last 5 to 7 days in the Fridge if left without peeling. Bananas ripened through the oven method will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator if they are cool, scooped out of their peels, and stored in an airtight container.

🍌 How long do frozen bananas stay fresh?

Peeled and unpeeled ripened bananas can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. Make sure to use a freezer-safe bag to avoid freezer burn.

My family uses the trusty FoodSaver vacuum sealer to keep all of our frozen foods fresh.

Foodsaver for storing frozen bananas
Foodsaver

🍌 Are Organic bananas Better than regular bananas?

There is no definite answer to this question as both organic and regular bananas have their benefits and drawbacks. However, organic bananas are generally believed to have a longer shelf life, be more nutritious, and contain more potassium than regular bananas.

Additionally, bananas are often labeled “organic” because they have been grown without pesticides or other harmful chemicals.


I hope you found this banana ripening guide easy to follow! Which do you think is the best way to ripen bananas? Comments and feedback are always welcomed, so please feel free to leave them below. Thank you!

-Kelsey

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