3 Ways to Freeze Bananas.
Freezing Bananas is Easy!
Maybe being in lockdown has meant It’s been difficult to plan ahead in terms of food shopping and it is costly throwing away uneaten fruit and vegetables but worry not, most fresh foods can be frozen and bananas are no exception. In fact, they are one of the easiest fruits to freeze and store for all sorts of amazing recipes.
Just follow the 3 tips below for your leftover bananas and you will never waste a banana again and will always have bananas ready to hand for your recipe creations and the best part is that freezing a banana doesn’t even reduce its nutritional value.
1. Freezing Bananas Whole
This is the simplest way to freeze a banana whole. I’ve frozen bananas in their skins before but they do go slimy and are a pain to peel when needed. If you plan to use your bananas in smoothies or milkshakes then freeing them whole is the simplest method.
- Just peel your bananas whether they are yellow or brown. (Don’t freeze green ones as they will still be green after freezing and will not ripen.)
- Making sure there is space between each banana, place them in a freezer food bag or suitable container and label with the date.
- After 30 minutes to an hour you can re-pack the bananas to optimise storage space.
2. Freezing Banana Slices
If you chop your bananas into slices before freezing it makes them easier to handle when you need them and they will defrost quicker than other methods.
- Prepare a baking tray with parchment or wax paper.
- Chop them into 1-2cm thick slices (Any slice size freezes but thicker ones take a bit longer to defrost).
- place onto the prepared paper so they are not touching (Do this promptly as the bananas turn brown quickly).
- Place the whole tray in the freezer for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the slices become rigid, this keeps them from sticking together as much later.
- Remove them from the freezer and use a spatula to remove bananas from the baking sheet.
- Pack the frozen slices into a freezer bag (removing as much air as possible) or suitable container and label with the date.
- Finally, you can seal and place in the freezer ready to use whenever you want.
3. Freezing Mashed Bananas
If you need you bananas mashed for banana bread, cakes or biscuits, then you can prepare them and then freeze mashed which will save time when ready to use and it’s a great way of storing your over-ripened brown bananas.
- Peel and slice the fruit and use a food processor to mash it into a smooth consistency.
- Put the pureed bananas into a suitable container. I use freezer food bags. Try to remove excess air from the bags, flatten them a little and store in the freezer. Flattening makes it easier to use when needed
How to Defrost Frozen Bananas
- If you are going to blend the bananas they can be added directly from the freezer bag.
- If you are baking then take as much as you want to use out of the freezer bag and place in a bowl or on a plate in the refrigerator for a few hours until they thaw.
- Once defrosted, treat the banana as fresh and use as soon as possible.
- Do not refreeze the bananas once they have defrosted.
How Long to Keep Frozen Bananas
Unpeeled frozen bananas stay good for just about 2 months but,
when stored properly as above bananas will last for up to 6 months