When I buy bananas, they often get too ripe before my family is able to eat them all. Fortunately, I found a life hack that can help extend the life of bananas much longer than usual. User Bethany Ugarte (@lilsipper_official) shared her trick for extending the life of bananas via a now-viral TikTok video that showcases a bizarre trick that promises to change the way you store fresh bananas.

If you’re among the millions of people who feel that bananas get ripe too fast, then you’re going to want to study Ugarte’s trick and mimic it so you can maximize the life of bananas after you bring a bunch home from the grocery store. And the fact that this trick is so simple to do will make it all the easier for you to apply it to the produce in your kitchen.

Ugarte’s banana hack is quite easy. All you have to do to preserve your bananas for longer is freeze them with the peel still on. Once your bananas are frozen, you keep them in the freezer until you’re ready to devour them as a snack or part of a meal. As the TikTok user suggests in the caption of her viral video, the frozen bananas also work well in smoothies.

However, if you want to eat a banana to the head, you need to melt the peel so you can get at the meat underneath it. All you have to do is run the frozen banana under hot water, and you can melt the peel enough to slice it in half. Take a knife and cut the banana down the middle, and you’ll be able to peel the banana for use in a smoothie. You can also eat it out of the peel if you desire, but the banana might still be pretty cold. However, frozen banana tastes almost like ice cream in some cases, so it might be a desirable way to eat them.

The benefits of Ugarte’s frozen banana trick are many. There is no browning of the banana because the banana does not get ripper than what it was when you first put it into the freezer. You also do not need to waste any plastic bags for this trick to work. Instead, you can place the banana into your freezer. The peels protect the fruit and keep everything sanitary inside your freezer. There’s little cleanup, and it’s easy to keep bananas fresh for much longer.

TikTok users flooded Ugarte’s video with comments. The following are some thoughts from her followers and friends.

Another person suggested using reusable plastic containers to store bananas.

“If single-use plastic is the problem, use a container or re-use the bag for more bananas (what I do). And of course, always recycle your plastic.”

One person gave a dire warning about slicing frozen bananas: “I almost cut my thumb off trying to cut a frozen banana. I had to go to the emergency room to get five stitches.”

What do you think about this trick to keep bananas fresh for longer?

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♬ original sound - Bethany Ugarte