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Why You Should Put Your Bananas in the Fridge

Bananas are arranged in diagonal rows.

Lots of us start the week by purchasing a ton of produce in the hopes of increasing our fruit and veggie intake. Unfortunately, we don’t always achieve our goal, and things start to spoil. However, there’s one fruit you might be able to save.

A simple switch that can have a big impact on your budget and your nutrition is to start storing your bananas in the refrigerator. It can extend their life, but you shouldn’t just pop your freshly purchase bananas in there. You’ll want to wait until they’re at their peak ripeness.

When you do that, they’ll still continue to ripen, but the process will slow down significantly. The peels might begin to brown, but that won’t affect the banana inside.

If you accidentally waited until your bananas were a bit overripe, don’t worry: you can still save them (or make banana bread). Just peel and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or a freezer bag, and then, place them in the freezer instead of the fridge. You probably won’t want to eat these on their own, but they’re still fine for baking or smoothies.

If you’re looking to save even more cash, you can freeze your avocados, too.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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