Freezing bananas may sound a little tricky. You may also wonder why would you want to freeze a banana?
How to freeze bananas
Bananas are a favorite for kids. Not only do they taste good but they are very good for you. They are an easy snack and great to take along for lunches. But no one wants to eat a banana when the peeling turns that yucky looking black.
This would be a good reason for freezing bananas. I have a really hard time watching food go to waste. Throwing things in the garbage seems like such a waste of money. Don’t get me wrong, we do have to throw food out but when you live on a farm there is always an animal that would love to eat it.
So when the peeling turns black what do you do with the banana? Make banana bread! This is one of my families favorites. But maybe you only have 1 or 2 bananas. Not quite enough to make banana bread.
This is when a freezer bag comes in pretty handy. Simply peel the banana and put it into the bag until and keep adding to it until you get the 10-12 bananas the recipe may call for.
But how do you freeze a banana before it turns black? I like to freeze my bananas just a few days after I have bought them at the store. I buy the greener bananas so they will keep for at least a few days on the countertop in the kitchen.
Steps for freezing
But when they are just getting ripe I prepare them to go into the freezer.
- The first thing I do is peel all the bananas. I put them onto my cutting board and slice them to the length and size I would like. If I only have a few bananas to put into the freezer I put them right into the freezer bag.
- I try to put them into the bag so they are not touching the other bananas and then lay them flat in the freezer. This will make it easier when you take them out of the baggies and use them.
- If I have a lot of bananas I put them onto a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. I leave them overnight. I then take them off of the cookie sheet and put them into a freezer bag. This helps freeze each banana individually so they are not in one big blob that has to be chipped apart in order to be used. No fun!
If you freeze your bananas before they have the chance to turn brown or black, they will not turn black in the freezer.
What do you do with a frozen banana
What do you use a frozen banana for? I enjoy putting them in my smoothies and milkshakes. And there is also the banana nut bread. Although I like to use the really ripe bananas for this because it helps to add extra flavor to the bread.
Don’t throw away those bananas, enjoy a delicious treat. Any other ideas you may have for bananas? Be sure and comment below and share this post with a fellow banana lover.
Have a great day! 🙂