If you have a bunch of bananas, consider separating them. When bananas are connected, they ripen faster due to the release of ethylene gas.
Cover the stem ends of the bananas with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps prevent the release of ethylene gas and slows down ripening.
Hanging bananas instead of placing them on a surface can help prevent bruising and slow down ripening.
Store bananas away from other fruits, as many fruits produce ethylene gas, which can speed up the ripening process.
If your bananas are ripe and you won't be eating them immediately, refrigerate them. The skin may darken, but the fruit inside will remain fresh.
Specialized banana storage bags or pouches can extend the life of your bananas by reducing air circulation and preventing ethylene buildup.
If your bananas are becoming too ripe to eat, peel and freeze them. Frozen bananas are excellent for smoothies or baking.
Keep bananas away from direct sunlight and heat sources as heat speeds up the ripening process.