5 Ways to Make Your Bananas Last

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Bananas can go ripe, and then very ripe, incredibly quickly. Thankfully, overripe bananas can be used to make tasty treats like banana bread. But if you want to make the most of your bananas, buy them when they’re still green, store them at room temperature or cooler, and use the tips below.

1. Wrap the banana stems in plastic.

Bananas release ethylene gas, which accelerates the ripening process, from their stems. Wrapping the stems in plastic slows the release of ethylene. You can either cloak the stems of your bananas when they’re in a bunch or, if you want to slow the release of ethylene even further, wrap the stems of each individual fruit.

2. Hang bananas from a banana hook.

This both prevents bruising and allows for oxygen to flow around the bananas, which keeps ethylene gas from gathering around the fruit.

3. Keep bananas away from other fruits.

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You should also store your unripe bananas away from other fruits like avocados, apples, pears, and tomatoes, which also produce ethylene. When stored all together, these fruits ripen and go bad quickly. (If you need to rapidly ripen an avocado, though, you can throw it in a paper bag with a ripe banana or apple to speed up the process. The more you know!)

4. When they’re ripe, put your bananas in the fridge.

The peel might turn brown, but thanks to the cool temperature of your fridge, the banana inside will still be good to eat for a couple of days.

5. Coat banana slices with citrus.

Coating your banana slices with a layer of a citrus juice—whether it be lemon, lime, or orange—will keep them fresh for longer. The acid in the citrus slows oxidation. Then, store the banana pieces in the fridge in an airtight container to serve later. (You can also freeze the slices to make smoothies or banana ice cream!)

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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KFC's Fried Chicken-Scented Firelogs Are Available at Walmart This Year

Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.

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The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) remains a closely guarded secret. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take home a firelog that will crackle with the aroma of a fresh bucket of fried chicken this holiday season.

All the smell, none of the calories.Walmart

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog ($16) has been a popular novelty purchase for the past two years, and this year, it’s available exclusively at Walmart. Made in partnership with Enviro-Log, the flammable product releases a scent reminiscent of KFC’s distinctive seasoning combination, which the company promises will last around two and a half hours while burning.

KFC originally sold the log directly through their website in 2018 and 2019, but now it's available at Walmart ($16), either on the company’s website or in select stores while supplies last (if it's sold out, Amazon or eBay may be your only other options). Considering KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, which also operates Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, perhaps a Crunch Wrap firelog is in our future.

[h/t MarketWatch]