Black Bananas - C. Rule

How To Ripen Fresh Bananas In 15 Minutes

Who knew that if you needed to, you could ripen bananas this quickly.

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EASY & DELISH | Several weeks ago, I was invited to a dinner party and asked to supply dessert. I wanted to take along Caren McSherry’s no-brainer five-minute banana ice cream (CLICK HERE for the recipe) but did not have overripe bananas on hand, could not find any at the grocery store and lacked the (several days) time it takes to force-ripen fresh bananas in a brown bag.

I was explaining this predicament to my foodie friend Anne when she suggested I speed-ripen my bananas by popping them the oven. “This trick is so easy,” she told me. “And oven-ripened bananas taste just as sweet as ones that have been left to over ripen on their own. I love they way they look, too. Their transformation is so radical it makes me think of magic.”

Here’s how Anne ripens bananas, and what yellow bananas look like after they’ve been in the oven.

Banana Ripening 101

Black Bananas - C. RuleTake yellow bananas and spread them out on a ungreased baking sheet. Pop them in an oven that has been preheated to 300 degrees fahrenheit. Bake the bananas until their peels turn a rich ebony (this takes no more than an hour; you need to keep an eye on the fruit while it’s cooking). Pull them from the oven and  let them cool slightly before slicing them in half. Pinch the ends of each half until the banana slides right out of its skin.

Black Bananas -- C. RuleBake up a bunch of bananas and use some of them right now. Freeze the rest to use later for ice cream, smoothies and banana bread. —C. Rule

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