How to refresh a rotten banana

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Like you, I can’t remember how many times I’ve trashed a banana that’s turned brown from over-ripe.
But there is an amazing and simple way to revive that rotten banana.
Watch this short video. You’re not gonna believe your eyes.

UPDATE (Sept. 26):
For those who have difficulty following the video, here are the instructions:

  1. Put rotten brown banana with 2 handfuls of rice in a zip-lock bag.
  2. Squeeze all air out of the bag.
  3. Leave bag with banana for an hour.
  4. Take banana out of bag.
  5. Blow-dry banana with setting on low until banana turns yellow.

H/t FOTM’s maziel

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0 responses to “How to refresh a rotten banana

  1. Did he use rice?

  2. I think a new banana is still cheaper.

  3. DUH He didn’t say what he put the banana in!! What was that?

  4. Had to watch a couple of times and enlarge the screen. It IS rice. Pretty amazing.

  5. Wow! That’s amazing!
    Whenever I hear “Mom, will you make Dead Banana Cake?” I know the bananas look just like the one in the video.

  6. Awesome! We eat bananas every day and sometimes a few go bad….this is perfect! I’ll buy some cheap rice and store it just for my brown bananas.
    Thanks Dr. Eowyn 🙂

  7. What a cool trick, and I will have to give it a try. He does say “rice” but the mic doesn’t pick that word up very well. The bag also shows that it is rice.
    I traditionally take those over-ripe bananas, skin them, freeze them, and when there are four or five make banana bread from them. The esters and other over-ripe chemicals that make them taste icky all bake off in the oven, and the over-ripe texture helps them “smoosh” throughout the bread better.

  8. Or you could make home made banana wine? Magnificent and dead easy!

  9. “Zombie Banana.” I like that!

  10. Dr., you are prescient, I didn’t believe my eyes.

  11. You can peel them, freeze them, and use them frozen instead of ice for smoothies. Really, though. I have to wonder how much time this guy has on his hands, and how the heck he figured this out. What did the inside of the banana look like before his treatment? Was it mushy or just brown outside but edible inside?

  12. Near-rotten bananas make the best banana pudding you will ever have.
    Trust me.

  13. Since I use my bananas exclusively for shakes, I put them in a glass container and store them in the freezer so I don’t have this problem. It also serves as an ice cube to get the mix cold. Regardless, this is an awesome video.

  14. But then again, if the butterflies are flying in season, take that banana and let it rot outside in the sun on a plate. Then watch – butterflies are most active in direct sun, from which they derive their energy. I’ve seen red-spotted purples, who are breathtakingly beautiful, all over rotting pears on the next street – and they were all drunk!

  15. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for sharing this great tip. I will do what is recommended the next time I buy bananas.


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