I know that bananas can help speed up the ripening of other fruits/veggies – which is why you want to be careful of placing them near each other. (heads up – apples, kiwi, tomatoes and pears do the same – releasing a plant hormone called ethylene)
I also know that you speed up the banana ripening process by placing it in a paper bag (keeping the ethylene gas contained).
Alternatively, if you want to slow the process, separating the bananas and wrapping the stems in plastic wrap is supposed to help.
But what if you’re stuck with a bunch of green bananas and you want banana bread right. now.
(well, 45 minutes from now, after baking time)
Are you ready for an amazing life hack?
Put your unpeeled green bananas in the OVEN on a lined baking sheet at 300F for about 15-20 minutes. (They’ll turn black and probably leak a bit – you know, that gross banana liquid – but it’ll all good!) Take ’em out. Let ’em cool. Peel ’em. Use ’em.