How To Store Bananas (…Before You Buy A Banana Stand)

My homemade banana stand: using the shelves in our pantry! The bruising you see is from their time on the store shelf. We go through A LOT of bananas with all the smoothies we make, so we usually buy bananas in bulk. Sometimes, they go bad before we manage to use them all.

If bananas go bad too quickly for you, too, consider doing what I do: hang the bananas from their stems in your pantry!

Don’t laugh…

CLICK for recipes for homemade banana bread! Unless you plan on whipping up a batch of banana bread every time you’re left with over-ripe bananas, then you need to find SOME method of prolonging the life of your bananas. (Pssst… mushy bananas work well in smoothies, too.)

Lipper Beechwood Collection Banana Hanger. My homemade version of the banana stand works great… and it doesn’t cost a penny!

Isn’t it amazing how quickly bananas start bruising? It seems like they develop brown spots virtually minutes after you bring them home from the store!

I’ve always had the best luck keeping bananas in the refrigerator. They seem to last a tiny bit longer that way.

That was until now…

Now I just hang the stems of the bananas between the slats in the shelves of our pantry. Seriously!

It’s the exact same concept as those “official” banana hangers… but much cheaper.

A banana stand made out of the closet shelves in the pantry. Plus, the pantry tends to stay cooler than the rest of our house. And the bananas themselves aren’t touching anything… just the stems are.

Bananas last much longer this way.

Try it!

Of course, if you’ve got the money, you might enjoy something FUN like this in your kitchen:

An official Chiquita banana stand available from The Hubert Company.


Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • saron

    I want you tell us about the method to keep the banana in the large warehouse for the purpose of commercial ,I would to say thank you first of all that you have knowledge about this .I am Cambodian