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(Time)   A grocer's strange solution to a non-problem elicits OUTRAGE from scared and confused shoppers   (newsfeed.time.com) divider line 47
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2012-09-27 10:04:45 AM
This is just stupid. What agent orange like chemical do they spray them with to keep them from turning brown? The packaging is not biodegradable either.
 
2012-09-27 10:14:56 AM
I clicked on the link, ready to laugh at the frightened consumers, but I'm on their side. There's no advantage to pre-peeled bananas in such small quantities. They've ruptured an air-tight seal, thus making them spoil faster (unless they treated them, as AbbeySomeone suggests), and they put them in plastic, which doesn't biodegrade and will make the bananas taste worse.
 
2012-09-27 10:19:08 AM
It's a dumb idea, sure. But people need to calibrate their outrage meters. Send him a note and don't buy his bananas.
 
2012-09-27 10:19:11 AM
Clearly the work of a divine creator.
 
2012-09-27 10:26:27 AM

AbbeySomeone: This is just stupid. What agent orange like chemical do they spray them with to keep them from turning brown? The packaging is not biodegradable either.


Lemon juice will do the trick or any other mild acid.
 
2012-09-27 10:46:52 AM
ew
 
2012-09-27 11:05:23 AM
Saves money when paying for them by the pound.

(damn wasteful peel)

/there's your silver lining
 
2012-09-27 11:08:57 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-27 11:46:55 AM
On the plus side, Kirk Cameron now has a steady job.
 
2012-09-27 12:52:18 PM
How did this get out of TF as a Business page and not a Main Page Photoshop?
 
2012-09-27 12:56:58 PM

EvilEgg: AbbeySomeone: This is just stupid. What agent orange like chemical do they spray them with to keep them from turning brown? The packaging is not biodegradable either.

Lemon juice will do the trick or any other mild acid.


Or perhaps some sort of non-nutritive food varnish.
 
2012-09-27 01:13:02 PM
As someone born without opposable thumbs, I welcome this.

i3.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-09-27 01:19:34 PM

PsyLord: As someone born without opposable thumbs, I welcome this.

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Feels your pain
 
2012-09-27 01:25:44 PM
 
2012-09-27 01:42:16 PM
A typical one said that selling ready-peeled bananas in a plastic package was the ultimate symbol of waste and the throw-away society.

Really? How about K-Cups? A one-shot coffee container made of plastic. That is the ultimate symbol of waste and the throw-away society.
 
2012-09-27 01:42:36 PM
Thread needs more pictures of paraplegics!
 
M-G
2012-09-27 01:58:08 PM
Kirk Cameron unavailable for comment?
 
2012-09-27 02:01:27 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: Proper way to peel a banana


The only proper way to peel a banana is to break it off from the bunch, open the trash can and throw it in. Bananas taste like crap...unless you roll them around in sugar or put them in your corn flakes(that've also been heaped with sugar).
 
2012-09-27 02:20:57 PM

TyrantII: Thread needs more pictures of paraplegics!


Instead of pics, how about a video.
Boys on Wheels!
 
2012-09-27 02:28:31 PM
Do they come with one of these?

img.alibaba.com
 
2012-09-27 02:44:43 PM

Diogenes: It's a dumb idea, sure. But people need to calibrate their outrage meters. Send him a note and don't buy his bananas.


You said it. Bananas and angry online mob should never appear in the same story unless monkeys have figured out the internet. Then, we should be scared.
 
2012-09-27 03:45:20 PM
You know who else was from Austria and peeled skins to make lamps?
 
2012-09-27 04:03:25 PM
My guess is they had a bunch of bananas with browning skin that customers wouldn't buy so they removed the ugly skin and still tried to make a buck off of them. The bananas in that package look ugly and some have had the tops and bottoms lopped off, perhaps where there was already bruising.

I suspect meat departments do the same thing which is why I never buy the pre-seasoned meats from a supermarket.
 
2012-09-27 04:16:24 PM
Its just a very obvious example of what modern supermarkets do with a lot of things:

Take 50 cents worth of bananas
peel them.
sell peeled bananas for $1.49



See also: Pre-sliced apple packs, pre-cut cracker-barrel cheeses, de-stemmed grapes, salad kits, etc
 
2012-09-27 04:32:34 PM

Richard Saunders: Saves money when paying for them by the pound.

(damn wasteful peel)

/there's your silver lining


I was going to say it is cheaper to ship due to losing the peel weight.
 
2012-09-27 04:44:09 PM
I can see a SERIOUS argument being made for the shipping weight of bananas. What percent of the total shipment weight is the peel? How much does the Styrofoam/cellophane wrapper weigh?

That aside... any cost savings would have the balance with the obvious loss of appeal for the banana, possible less "freshness" etc.

Bananas are BIG business, and shaving a couple grams from each one shipped could definitely add up to some huge energy savings.

But WHO in their right mind wants a pre-peeled banana...
 
2012-09-27 04:44:45 PM

roc6783: Richard Saunders: Saves money when paying for them by the pound.

(damn wasteful peel)

/there's your silver lining

I was going to say it is cheaper to ship due to losing the peel weight.


Beat me to it.
 
2012-09-27 04:50:59 PM
Those aren't bananas.
 
2012-09-27 05:28:03 PM
I find this extremely unappealing.
 
2012-09-27 06:42:50 PM

AbbeySomeone: This is just stupid. What agent orange like chemical do they spray them with to keep them from turning brown? The packaging is not biodegradable either.


Walmart's meats are packaged like that. Nitrogen is pumped into the package to retard spoilage. IDK if that works with bananas.
 
2012-09-27 06:55:59 PM
Banana peeler has to be the hardest job in the world:

-We need you to peel these bananas.
You want I should eat em, boss?
-No just peel
 
2012-09-27 07:55:04 PM

CrowdSceneExtra: My guess is they had a bunch of bananas with browning skin that customers wouldn't buy so they removed the ugly skin and still tried to make a buck off of them. The bananas in that package look ugly and some have had the tops and bottoms lopped off, perhaps where there was already bruising.

I suspect meat departments do the same thing which is why I never buy the pre-seasoned meats from a supermarket.


I think you may be on to something. Refrigerated or frozen bananas last a long time, but the cold kills the banana and turns it brown. They look bad on the outside, but they still taste great and don't go bad nearly as fast as room temperature.

/I actually prefer the taste/texture of a cold banana
 
2012-09-27 08:12:38 PM

CrowdSceneExtra: My guess is they had a bunch of bananas with browning skin that customers wouldn't buy so they removed the ugly skin and still tried to make a buck off of them. The bananas in that package look ugly and some have had the tops and bottoms lopped off, perhaps where there was already bruising.

I suspect meat departments do the same thing which is why I never buy the pre-seasoned meats from a supermarket.


I don't buy preseasoned meat because I like my seasoning and I know exactly what I'm getting.
 
2012-09-27 08:34:43 PM
I tell ya, we're on a slippery slope here!
 
2012-09-27 08:49:09 PM
Great, now I'm out of a job.

/prefers breaking bananas
//while making kung-fu noises
 
2012-09-27 09:04:44 PM
www.icompositions.com
 
2012-09-27 09:21:39 PM

dryknife: [www.icompositions.com image 250x187]


I'm just wild about that.
 
2012-09-27 10:18:57 PM
 
2012-09-27 10:37:03 PM

PacManDreaming: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: Proper way to peel a banana

The only proper way to peel a banana is to break it off from the bunch, open the trash can and throw it in. Bananas taste like crap...unless you roll them around in sugar or put them in your corn flakes(that've also been heaped with sugar).


You are defective. See a doctor.
 
2012-09-27 10:41:50 PM

bemis23: You are defective. See a doctor.


Maybe. I love artificial banana, blueberry and strawberry flavors, but I can't stand the real fruits. They just taste like crap.
 
2012-09-27 11:01:13 PM

PacManDreaming: bemis23: You are defective. See a doctor.

Maybe. I love artificial banana, blueberry and strawberry flavors, but I can't stand the real fruits. They just taste like crap.


See my previous comment.
 
2012-09-28 02:43:01 AM
comedy gold. that is so silly it deserves to be in a movie.

/madness takes its toll
 
2012-09-28 02:48:06 AM
Some not quite random notes on bananas:

Bananas are shipped green, so there is no real need to prevent them from ripening. They can be brought to market before they ripen naturally. As a tropical fruit, they grow year round. There is an elaborate labelling system employing coloured ribbons, used by banana growers to ensure fruit is picked on the exact day which maximizes the fruit quality and shipping time. Special ships are used and they often use gas to prevent ripening in transit. As pointed out, nitrogen, the principal constituent of air, is just fine for this purpose because the problem is oxidation and pests which can be killed by withholding oxygen. Reducing oxygen may also kill tarantulas in the banana "hands". Individual bananas are called "fingers".

Banana plants are herbs, not trees. They produce one crop only and die. They are propagated by root stock. There is usually one plant at each individual site close to the cutting date and another on deck to replace it, so bananas ressemble kangaroos in having an assembly line reproduction pattern.

Bananas require a lot of fertilizer and especially pesticides. A common virus wiped out the Gros Michel banana, which was the principal, almost the only, commericial variety before WWII. The commercial banana today is the less creamy and tasty Carmichael but it is endangered by this virus. Bananas have a tragic history of oppression and environmental destruction, but they are cheap and rich in potassium. Some potassium is radioactive, so the banana has been used as a "PR friendly" measure of small radiation dosage. Brazil nuts are even more radioactive, having more potassium. The food value exceeds the risk except in cases of extreme over-consumption.

If the plastic wrapping is the type that allows the "ripening gas" to escape, it might preserve the bananas for some time. This plastic is really useful. I have some bags but I haven't remembered to try them out, but they allegedly allow you to keep many fruit and vegetables for a couple of weeks which would otherwise spoil. Spoilage is often more costly in economic and environmental terms than plastic or paper.

This is a stupid packaging idea but there is a possible rationale: if bananas are bruised, they will not sell and will thus be added to the 25% of food that is wasted (this percentage is from the UK and includes inedible parts of the food such as bones, banana peels, bruised areas, etc.). Stores often package damaged fruit, etc., in convenient packages or process them into bite-sized portions, snack trays, etc. This prevents waste at some cost in terms of packaging. The store manager may have been trying to be economical or increase the profit of the store rather than thoughtlessly over-packaging.

People need to think before they get upset, and they need to understand how food is produced, shipped, and sold to avoid consumer waste and other errors. Also, they shouldn't get "outraged" or abusive. Polite questions and complains work well--grocery store managers are responsive to consumer wishes because the profit margin of stores is relatively low due to strong competition and the mobility of shoppers.

The easiest way to open a banana is from the end opposite the stem. You can just pinch it open, with less damage to the banana, and using the stem as a handle. People learned this from chimpanzees and other apes--quite recently, it appears.

Bananas freeze well in foil or plastic and make a nice icy treat. You can store bananas by freezing, and if you don't mind the blackened peels, in the refrigerator. Bananas can be mooshed up and frozen for making banana breads. Black bananas that are too spoiled for eating can be used in banana bread and the bread will be all the more tasty and moist.

Lemon juice (and other weak acids) do prevent browning (oxidation) on many cut foods, such as apple slices, lettuce, etc.

Putting fruit in bowls where they are easy to see increases consumption. Keep a fruit bowl next to your computer and you may even lose weight while surfing the web.

The more you know, the less likely you are to have a banana stuffed up your nose ... your nose if you are lucky.
 
2012-09-28 04:54:00 AM
The sign said:
Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion.
 
2012-09-28 04:56:39 AM
Billa's CEO had the following to announce...
thewisecracker.com
"This is one way, JUST ONE WAY, to make the Banana a non lethal fruit" 

/ironically i love peeling banana's but hate eating them, so in many ways this could have been my ideal weekend job.
 
2012-09-28 09:16:12 AM
this is pretty wasteful. but it could be worse:


www.hellodamage.com
 
das
2012-09-28 06:44:47 PM
Pre peeled?? Meh.
I want mine pre-chewed!!!
 
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