Cooking Tips - Ripen Bananas Quickly
I needed to ripen bananas quickly to make some banana bread a few days ago. I jumped online and started looking around to find a way to make it happen. I saw several different solutions to my problem, unfortunately most of them required that I wait at least 24 hours. Some of them required an apple, a tomato, a brown paper bag and time. I didn't have time, I had four teenagers craving banana bread. I will tell you if you have a couple of days to wait, you can put the bananas into a paper bag with either an apple or tomato. You just put the bag somewhere dry and in 24-36 hours...voila! This solution came up on many websites in my search to ripen bananas quickly. The reason this works is all because of ethylene gas. Give that a try if you have a little time.
Back to my search! I would not take "no" for an answer, so I kept searching. I ended up following a link, and then another link, and then several other links......long story short, I found the solution to my problem. There it was..."how to ripen bananas quickly." The website is called Buzzle.com. But I found the banana information here. It was written by Mrunmayi Deo, who seems to be quite an author on Buzzle.com. Well, I would like to thank him because he made four teenagers very happy.
Drum roll, please..........ripen bananas quickly by putting them in a 300 degree oven!! Yes, that's right, in the oven. You need to watch them closely because you don't want to burn them beyond recognition. I believe it took my bananas about 20 minutes. Obviously this will differ depending on where your bananas are in the ripening process. I just made sure they were mostly black with a little bit of yellow showing through here and there. The bananas were absolutely perfect for banana bread. I hope this makes someone in your home happy too! Happy ripening!