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I had seen this banana bag in Lakeland on previous shopping trips and had nearly bought it several times but I thought it was likely to be a bit of a gimmick and the £5.99 could probably be put to better use. However after throwing away yet another bunch of mushy brown spotted bananas I decided I would give it a try.
The bag is a bright yellow and slightly larger than an A4 piece of paper with a white draw string closure at the top.
It is so simple to use, you simply put your bananas in the bag and keep it in the fridge. The bag provides the right amount of light and ventilation to keep your bananas fresher for longer.
IT WORKS !!!!
I was actually a little bit surprised that it actually worked, I had bought a bowl of bananas from my local market, these usually only last two to three days at the most so I didn't hold out much hope.
When I took them out of the bag the skins looked a little bit weird and green and it was initially disappointing, as I thought it hadn't worked but once peeled they were firm and creamy and delicious as if I had just bought them. They lasted for about seven days, however if I buy the bananas from the supermarket they last about 10-11 days in the bag. It is like magic.
I have had the bag for about six months now and it has easily recouped the money it cost as I now only need to buy bananas once a week or less often instead of three times a week.
The only problem I have found is that the skins can mark the inside of the bag and it doesn't wash off easily. The bag is wipe clean only although I might risk putting it in the washing machine as it is getting a bit grubby, although it still works perfectly.
You can buy this bag from Lakeland stores or online. It costs £5.99. I think it is worth every single penny.
Showing that Dooyoo does influence purchasing habits, I read the reviews of these banana bags having seen them many times in store and thought it would be worth a buy.
The bag costs £5.99 and is 29cm x 35cm it has a drawstring at the top which you can pull tight to shut out any light, it is bright yellow and can be wiped clean. Generally we keep bananas on the kitchen side but the brief instructions with this bag suggest the bag is best kept in the fridge, this provides bananas with the exact amount of insulation and air needed to avoid over ripening, but equally stops them going black and gooey.
In general bananas last around 4-5 days, with this bag we've found they last closer to ten days, I would say that over the course of the last 3 months this has probably saved us throwing out 9-10 bananas and the bag will probably have paid for itself in the next 3 months.
The bag is easy to store and feels nice to the touch, it is easily identifiable by our child as a banana bag due to its colour and I have to say I came at this buy with a degree of skepticism which has gone.
I am sure there are ways of making bananas stay fresh longer without the bag, but this is a simple and easy to use option which has done for our fresh fruit what the onion and potato bags have done for our vegetables. We have used this bag with plantain, mangos and papayas and all lasted slightly longer than they usually do, the plantain lasted three weeks which was great.
As ever Lakeland have combined practicality with a decent look and come up with a nice product which isn't essential but can be useful if your family buy lots of bananas. A definite 4 out of 5 product.
My kids are far too spoilt and although they both love bananas they will refuse to eat them if the skin has turned black even if the actual banana inside is perfectly ok. This is a problem especially in summer when bananas tend to ripen extra quick. I would actually just stop buying them but it is one of the only fruits my kids will both eat.
I noticed this banana bag whilst perusing my Lakeland catalogue and thought that it seemed like the perfect solution for the huge amount of waste that happens in our house when I have to throw perfectly good bananas in the bin.
The banana bag is a bright yellow bag that has been designed to slow down the ripening of bananas and stop the skin from becoming blackened. It does this by giving bananas the exact amount of insulation they need and keeping the skin at the right temperature to stop blackening from occurring.
To use the bag you just need to pop in your bananas and then tie the bag back up. You then place the bag in your fridge and that's it. They bag will then at least double the life span of the bananas. I find that I can but some bananas from the supermarket that are perfectly ripe and not green and then when I get them home put them in the bag and they will last me for at 3 weeks even longer if I buy ones that are slightly green to begin with.
I was expecting the bag to be ok but I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it is at keeping bananas perfectly fresh. In all the time that I have had the bag I have never once went to get one and had it be over ripe.
The only problem I have with the bag is the fact that it needs to be put in the fridge as it means that I can't just go and grab a banana and I have to get one out and let it warm up slightly as I think they taste horrible straight from the fridge.
At only £5.89 (I'm almost sure I paid less than £5 for mine but that's inflation for you) I think the banana bag is a great little invention and one that has come in really handy in my house since I bought it and is something that I would definitely buy again if I needed a new one which thankfully I don't.
Since I was a child my favourite fruit has always been bananas. I do eat lots of other fruit but bananas have remained my favourite. I eat at least one banana each day, usually in my packed lunch for work.
As I do my shopping on a weekly basis, usually by the end of the week my bananas have gone black and over ripe. I have to throw them out as I can not eat them like this. I have known for a long time that bananas should be kept away from other fruit. This is because other fruit speeds up the ripening process of bananas. Even hanging them on a banana tree did not stop them going black and over ripe.
Then I came across a banana bag. I bought this from Lakeland during the summer last year, and I have been using one ever since.
As you would expect the banana bag is bright yellow in colour, and it measures 29cm by 35cm. It has a draw string top. On the instructions for use, inside the bag, it says that, the bag provides the right amount of insulation and air needed to stop the flesh over ripening, and the right amount of insulation to keep the skin warm enough to stop it blackening.
I can now store bananas inside the bag for longer than a week and the bananas are as good as the day I bought them. As it told me on the instructions, I do keep the bag in the bottom of the fridge. I have not had one over ripe banana since I have been using the bag.
The bag is very easy to clean both inside and outside with a damp cloth. I always make sure the inside of the bag is completely dry before I use it again. The bag is not suitable for the washing machine and I would not use any detergents on it.
One thing to keep in mind. If you do not like cold bananas, take one out of the fridge a few hours before you are going to eat it.
Over time the inside of my first banana bag began to look a bit black and mouldy. When this happened I was more than happy to buy a new one. As the saying goes "good things don't last forever".
I paid £5.79 for my banana bag at Lakeland. The amount I have saved because I no longer have to throw bananas in the bin, far outweighs the cost of these bags.
I will take one star off, because in time the bag does turn a bit grubby on the inside. In saying that it does still do the job.
I was recommended a banana bag from a close friend so dropped into Lakeland to get myself one. I love bananas, but my husband does not, so I buy 5 bananas at the weekend to last a week at work, but they often don't make it until Thursday / Friday and they end up going in the bin because I don't like them overripe and brown.
The bag is almost £5, which does seem a bit expensive for what it is, but it does work and you would probably save that money in wasted bananas within a few months.
It is a yellow bag (made of bubble wrap I think), with a drawstring handle to do up. You place your bananas inside and pop it into your fridge and the bananas stay ripe for 2 up to 2 weeks or so.
It does make the bananas discolour slightly, but they taste absolutely fine. It also takes up a bit of room in your fridge, but for us this isn't a problem.
I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys bananas and hates wasting money by putting them in the bin because they are too ripe.
My mum got this Banana Bag in a secret santa last year and we've used it ever since because even though we don't eat many bananas in our house we always buy them for my 2 year old sister who loves them. The problem was that to buy 2 bananas loose for her cost nearly as much as a bag of 5 or 6 in the supermarket so mum would always buy the bag and end up throwing at least 2 from each bag away if my sister didn't want a banana for a few days.
The Banana Bag says that if you put your bananas in the bag, tie it up and put them in the fridge it will keep the fruit fresh for over a week. It works too, I can't believe it but it does work!
I'll use this week as a perfect example because we ended up with 10 bananas last Saturday because me and my mum both brought some without realising. My sister has eaten 6 since and the other 4 are still in the same condition as when they were put in the fridge a week earlier.
The bag takes a bit of room up in the fridge but that's ok because we've got a big fridge but I reckon anyone with a small one would find it a pain because the bag takes up at least half a shelf and more sometimes if the bananas are extra big or haven't got much of a bend to them.
The only problem I think and it's not really a problem is that the skins of the bananas can go a bit dusty looking if they've been in the Banana Bag for a week. This doesn't affect the banana at all and the inside of them is exactly the same as if you'd picked up the banana fresh in the supermarket.
The Banana Bag is about £5.00 from Lakeland and that's a bargain because I reckon since last Xmas it's saved our house loads more money than that because we haven't had to throw as many bananas away and that's a good thing with the price of fruit at the minute.
This Lakeland Banana Bag is a really great product, i only wish i'd found i years ago. My dad comes to stay with my husband and myself every 2 weeks and he seems to inhale bananas (they get devoured that quickly: )) so we buy around 20 bananas a week. However when my dad goes home we are always left with bananas and as we are just mere mortals who only eat one banana a day it seems that we were always having to throw out bananas that had gone off after only a few days.
My dad then went to Windermere on holiday and popped into Lakeland. Being anything to do with bananas my dad was drawn to this product and he thought that it would be great for us, so he bought it. Well our banans now last between 10 - 14 days so no more wasting money throwing away ones that we couldn't eat in time.
The bag fits into the bottom of out fridge and for the money it saves us I'm happy to give over the space that it takes up. At around £5 for the bag too, you soon get your money back in savings made by not throwing out bananas that you have bought.
t is fascinating, when wartime rationing bit hard a banana became as precious as a diamond, yet now we take the fruits for granted and they are plentiful and affordable.
There are just the two of us but it still works out cheaper to buy a larger bag of bananas, often I buy the family bags of Fair trade bananas from Lidl and the Tesco Value Bananas offer brilliant value for money.
It is all very well having plenty of bananas but it is storing them successfully that is the problem. If you leave them in the plastic wrapping then they sweat and ripen far too quickly, if you store them in the fridge they go black and if you put them into the fruit bowl along with the other fruit then it all ripens too quickly.
I like a spotty banana and I am one of those fruit and nut cases that saves the blackened banana skins, cuts them up and feeds the potassium laden skins to my roses.
A friend of mine said that you could freeze bananas, I was dubious but it turned out that her theory was right. If you slice the bananas in half lengthways and then lay them on a tray ( making sure that they are well separated) then put them into the freezer until they are solid , then you can put two or three of the frozen bananas into a freezer bag and straight into the freezer. Once they have been frozen you can use them for making banana fritters, or banana cake or add them to a fruit smoothie, hence no wastage.
Anyway, back to the drawing board.
I have tried everything to try and make my hand of bananas last longer, I have wrapped them in newspaper, I bought one of those fairly useless banana holders that sits on the kitchen worktop and I have tried buying unripe fruit but I still find that the fruit ripens far too quickly.
On the Lakeland website they have been advertising this banana bag, I hold my hands up, I was loathe to believe Lakelands claims about the bright yellow banana bag.
For a start the bag costs nearly £5 and to my mind that seemed to be an expensive way of keeping the fruit for a little bit longer.
The Lakeland Banana bag.
It arrived and I looked at it and really thought that I had lost the plot, who on Earth pays good money for an average sized yellow bag which looks like a large Jiffy bag in disguise.
The Lakeland banana bag measures 11 ½ x nearly 14 inches and it is surprisingly thick. This is due to a layer of insulation, this layer is supposed to keep the fruit at the right temperature when you put it into the fridge and it also protects the bananas inside of the bag from being bumped or bruised.
The bag is nothing to look at, an oblong bag with a wipe clean surface and at the top there is a white thick cord that you can tie loosely to make sure that the fruit inside does not escape.
The Lakeland banana bag holds about six bananas, if you try to put anymore into the bag it will not tie properly. Then the bulky bag needs to sit on one of the racks inside of the fridge to keep cool, this does mean that your refrigerator space becomes limited.
From my point of view I found it quite hard to understand just how the Lakeland bag worked but they say that the insulated bag keeps the fruit at the correct temperature and enables the bananas to stabilise rather than ripen further.
Put the bananas into the fruit bowl and you are very lucky if you can get away with keeping them for more than two or three days but put them into the Lakeland banana bag and pop them into the fridge and it becomes a whole different ball-game. The fruit that is kept in the insulated bag at the correct temperature keeps far far longer, the appearance of the fruit remains virtually the same though you may notice a few tiny brown blotches appearing after a couple of days.
The bananas do not sweat inside of the bag as I first thought that they would either.
I admit that I sometimes curse the space that the bag uses up in the fridge ( the bag will not fit into one of the salad boxes either ) but it has paid dividends.
Instead of picking out overripe bananas and trying to eat the best bits I can now enjoy good firm fruit.
The Lakeland bag is easy to clean, I wipe it over both inside and outside with a cloth that has been rinsed in warm water.
I suppose Lakeland have yet again proven that all the old fashioned methods are not necessarily the best ones.
When it comes to storing bananas then the Lakeland banana bag beats the lot hands down.
You can order this online from the Lakeland website and you will pay just under £5..
I have recently started trying to eat lots more fruit & veg and I am a huge fan of Lakeland so when I saw this Lakeland Banana Bag online I thought it would be the perfect addition to the Banana Guard I already own.
The Banana bag is a 29x35cm bag which can be pulled shut by draw string to keep just enough air and insulation going to the bananas to prevent them from getting blackened on the outside. The bag can be stored in the fridge and it's advised on the website that this will keep bananas ripe, but not over-ripe, for around a fortnight.
I have found that the Banana Bag is quite effective, if a little small. I can usually get the smaller Fair Trade bananas in here but any larger standard supermarket ones and I struggle to get some of them in. The bag does work quite well and it's easy to keep everything grouped together in the fridge. The bananas usually keep for around a fortnight if they are unripened when I purchase them and well over a week if they were just turning yellow.
I read a bad review and a good review of this Banana Bag before I purchased it but I decided at £4.88 it was worth a try and if it didn't work I wouldn't have wasted too much money.
This bag can be wiped clean if required and the only thing I would improve on would be the size. I would like them to produce a large and small variety as I stay at a couple of different places with various fridge sizes so I know the smaller one would be useful for the mini fridge that I use.
It's a pretty useful little bag and it does seem to have improved the longevity of my bananas so I am going to rate it 4/5 and have just knocked off one star because of the smaller size of the bag.
The trouble with bananas is that they don't keep very well. No matter how quickly I eat them, I always seem to end up throwing a couple away that have gone too mushy and over-ripe. This is where the Lakeland Banana Bag comes in - it claims that putting them in here will keep your bananas fresh for longer.
Mrs SWSt - a firm believer in all things Lakeland - recently bought one for the princely sum of £4.88. I have to confess I thought it would be a bit of a gimmick and prove to be a waste of money. I really should have more faith in both my wife's judgement and Lakeland's products!
The bag itself is nothing much to look at. It's a simple bright yellow bag measuring around 11 inches by 13. Around the top is a drawstring which closes the neck of the bag and presumably helps to keep the bananas fresh in some way.
It doesn't exactly require a lot of brainpower how to use the bag - even I can manage it! You put the bananas inside, thread the drawstring through a small loop, wrap it around the neck of the bag, before feeding it through the loop a second time and tying the string in a bow. Believe me, it's a lot more straightforward to actually do than to describe! The first few times you do it, it is slightly fiddly and I have to confess there have been occasions when I couldn't be bothered doing it up properly, but that probably says more about me than the bag.
Once you have sealed the bananas in the bag, you just stick the whole thing in the fridge and the bag is somehow supposed to miraculously slow down the ripening process.
As I said at the start of this review, I was rather cynical that it would have much effect. As is not uncommon, I was wrong. The next time I went for a banana, there had been a noticeable slow down in the rate of ripening, and bananas put in there definitely stayed fresh a lot longer than ones left out.
Lakeland claims that this bag will allow you to keep bananas for up to a fortnight; around double their normal lifespan. I think they are underselling their product. Allow me to explain.
Recently, Mrs SWSt and I went away for two weeks and forgot to remove some bananas we had bought when shopping the previous week. By the time we realised there was still something in the bag, almost a month had gone by since we bought them. We cautiously approached the fridge dressed in suitable protective gear and armed with broomsticks (in case they had mutated into some kind of horrific mushy-brown banana monster in our absence). Bravely and gallantly, I hid behind Mrs SWSt as she opened the fridge door, removed the bag, untied the string and looked inside.
At this point, I'd love to tell that they really had mutated into some kind of banana monster and that Mrs SWSt and I were forced to fight a ferocious battle to reclaim our kitchen. Regrettably (for dramatic purposes at least), the truth is more prosaic, if no less spectacular in its own way. After almost a month, the bananas were still fairly fresh and certainly edible. Only the very tips had gone a little brown, but the rest was fine. Bear in mind these were not bananas that were green when bought - they were pretty much ready for eating on purchase. Yet, there we were, well over 3 weeks later and still able to eat them!
Effective though it is, it does have a few minor drawbacks, although none that would stop me recommending it.
The bag obviously has a limited capacity, so if you buy lots of bananas, you won't be able to fit all of them in. Even so, it's fairly capacious, taking around 6-8 reasonable sized fruits. Of course, when it's full, it does take up quite a bit of room in the fridge which may be an issue if you have a small fridge compartment.
Sometimes the bag can be just a little too efficient. When we first got it, I simply shoved all the bananas in, regardless of how green or how ripe they were. However, the bag is so good that if you put very unripe bananas in there, the chances are they will still be like that the next time you take one out. We have now learned that it's better to select carefully which fruits are put into the bag and which left out.
The final disadvantage is a cosmetic one. I have no idea how the bag actually works, but one of its side effects is to make the banana skins slightly discoloured after a couple of days. There is nothing wrong with the actual fruit inside - they taste exactly the same and that's obviously the important part. However, they don't look at their most attractive and if you gave one to a visitor, they might be slightly perturbed at the colour of the skin!
Overall, though, this is yet another Lakeland product that does its job incredibly well. At less than a fiver, it's also good value for money. If you add up the cost of the bananas you have probably thrown away over the years, it's something which will soon pay for itself!
© Copyright SWS 2009
Now I could never be described as a practising housewife by any stretch of the imagination. Neither would I categorise myself as being one of those women who love to swap recipes and household tips but ever since I bought my Lakeland Banana Bag, I have raved about it to anybody who will listen.
Lakeland claims that by keeping your bananas in the fridge, inside the banana bag, it is possible to extend the life of the fruit. The bag provides insulation and helps to keep the fruit from becoming over-ripe. I don't know how it does it, but it's true - you really can keep bananas for a week or, indeed, longer without them developing those horrible leopard-like brown spots or even going soft.
I bought my bag from the Lakeland shop in Windsor for £4.99 but these bags are also available on the Lakeland website, although unless you buy lots of other products too, you will have to pay a delivery charge on top of that.
Despite being rather sceptical about Lakeland's claims for this modest looking bag, I duly took my £4.99 bargain home to trial.
I prefer my bananas on the firm/green side and find that when left hanging over the fruit bowl on their banana tree, they tend to last about 3 or 4 days at the most before becoming soft and mushy. I was very agreeably surprised to find that kept in the fridge, tied up in their bag, my bananas remained firm and green for about a week. After that, they tend to go a strange greyish colour on the outside, although the inside still remained pretty firm.
I was impressed. I was converted. So much so, that I've given my banana tree to the local charity shop and wholeheartedly embraced my Lakeland Banana Bag.
The down side (albeit a very minor down side) is that once filled with bananas, the bag does take up quite a bit of space in the fridge. Without its contents, the bag measures approximately 1 foot square(ish) but once filled, it takes up a sizeable proportion of a fridge shelf. This, of course, may not be a problem to those of you with large larder fridges but mine is one of your under-the-counter types so space is at a premium.
However, despite the size issue, this bag is now one piece of kitchen paraphernalia that I just can't do without. And it must have paid for itself over and over again in terms of the number of bananas it has saved from ending up in my bin.
Keep bananas from over-ripening.