Friday, October 1, 2010

Separate, but Equally Delicious

Here's a real quicky tip because it's Friday, and I know you're busy and trying to get things done before the weekend, and I'm busy, and really distracted thinking about bananas. Wait, what? You heard me- bananas, people. You know how, no matter what you do, you always seem to end up with one or two overly-ripe bananas at the end of the bunch? It's not really such a bad thing, because it gives you an excuse to make delicious banana bread (you can also freeze them for making smoothies later on), but it's kind of annoying how fast those nanners ripen, right under your nose. So here's a tip for delaying the speed at which those suckers turn brown and narsty: Separate them. You don't have to, like, put each banana in an opposite corner of the room, just keep them from being so snuggled together. Each banana gives off ethylene gas and enzymes which cause all the other ones to get riper faster.  If you break all the bananas apart at the stem when you get them home, you will delay the ripening process.

So, you want your bananas to stay just right for longer? You gotta keep 'em separated.

photo credit: ehow.com

9 comments:

Mister Sharaf said...

nice post...

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness I was just looking at my bananas and thinking 'great another one is getting black.' Now I know for next time. Thanks.

Gecko said...

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Callie said...

Neat trick! I'll have to try stashing bananas around the kitchen. I can just hear it now, "Where're the bananas!"

Trinity said...

Really, I never knew that. Thanks for the tip.

Angela said...

Lovely blog. I have been following for a while. But, as is customary for me, I view a blog post, make a mental note to go back to it, then forget which blog I was on. So, my question is have you recently posted a blog about a new rug in your kitchen? Thanks.

Tamara Jansen said...

LOL! Great tip. I just STOPPED buying bananas so they didn't go bad but I like your solution better.

Kent said...

This post made me think of the latin phrase on the sign from the ranch in Lonesome Dove, "UVA UVAM VIVENDO VARIA FIT" very loosely translated, "A grape changes when it sees others ripening on the vine" Maybe this gas has something to do with that. That would put McMurtry, one of my favorites anyways, into a new class. An interesting meditation on life if you consider that being close to others can both speed your ripening and decay. consider Newt v. Gus in relation to Call? Universalize to your peer group. I think I smell something.

Tilly said...

Fantastic!