The Best Way to Store Bananas in the Fridge

Bananas in the Fridge: Is it Possible?

Bananas are one of the most versatile fruits out there. You can eat them as a snack, add them to smoothies or use them in baking recipes. They are also affordable and readily available all year round. But what happens if you accidentally bought too many bananas and they start to ripen too quickly? Can you store bananas in the fridge?

The Short Answer

Yes, you can store bananas in the fridge but only if they are already ripe or overripe. Unripe bananas should be stored at room temperature until they become yellow with brown spots on their skin.

Why Store Bananas in The Fridge?

Storing ripe or overripe bananas in the fridge will slow down their ripening process and prevent them from spoiling too quickly. This is helpful when you have more ripe/overripe bananas than you can consume before they go bad. Additionally, chilled banana slices make for a delicious and refreshing snack during hot weather.

How To Store Ripe Bananas In The Fridge

1) Look for fully-ripened or even overripe yellow-skinned bananas
2) Peel each banana cleanly
3) Wrap each peeled banana tightly with cling film
4) Place wrapped bananas gently into an air-tight container
5) Label your containers with dates of storage (bananas might stay fresh enough up to 5 days)

The reason why we advocate peeling your ripened fruit is that unpeeled ripe or overripe fruit will continue to release ethylene gas which quickens its spoilage by making it sticky blackish due to enzymes action around sugars on its surface content.

If your goal is freezing rather than refrigeration: place each peeled banana slice onto parchment paper before storing inside sealed freezer bags; this prevents sticking together and makes it easier to remove just a few slices at a time.

How To Tell If Bananas Have Gone Bad

Even when stored in the fridge, bananas will eventually go bad. Here are some signs that your bananas have gone bad:

1) Soft spots or bruises on the skin
2) Moldy patches or black spots
3) An off smell coming from the fruit

When you notice any of these signs, it’s best to discard them immediately.


In summary: Yes, storing ripe or overripe bananas in the fridge is possible. However, they should be peeled and properly wrapped with cling film before being placed in an air-tight container for up to five days (labelled/dated). Remember that unpeeled ripe fruit will continue to ripen even when refrigerated increasing its chances of spoilage.

If you find yourself with too many ripe or overripe bananas than you can consume within several days then consider freezing them instead. Frozen banana slices can last up to six months and are perfect for making smoothies, baked goods like muffins and banana breads as well as enjoying alone as snacks!

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