The bananas do not need to stay whole. Halves and quarters are fine

Surely kitchen professionals have come up with a way

(Note: apparently, banana peels are edible. I found an example of someone cutting the ends off and blending it into their smoothie, which is my use case. I'll try it, but still want a fast way of peeling)

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    What type & ripeness of bananas are we talking about? A ripe cavendish is easy to peel by squeezing the bloom end pulling. A green plantain is going to require steaming or a dip in boiling water.
    – Joe
    Commented Jun 25, 2019 at 23:14
  • @Joe Cavendish. Most of the peel yellow, some of it still green
    – Jonta
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 10:04
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    Squeeze the end without the stalk and it should split easily, you can then just rip the two pieces in half and take out the middle. It's a lot faster and easier than pealing the "traditional" way
    – Gamora
    Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 16:01
  • I suspect the skins would explode off, in a vacuum. Haven't tried it, but boiling banana fluids would have to build up pressure if the seal was good. Commented Jul 29, 2019 at 23:26

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When I've had to peel a bunch, I work in stages:

  1. Top and tail every banana
  2. Slit peel on every banana from one end to the other
  3. Use thumbs to split open peel and invert over a bowl

You can rip through a whole case of bananas rather quickly that way.

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