Bananas are so delicious and you can use them to make just about anything. These are the perfect fruit for smoothies, but they can also be used in baking, cooking and is great as baby food.
If you have a bunch of bananas lying around that you’re not ready to use and you do not want them to spoil, then a good option is to freeze them. Bananas can be stored for up to 4 months, so if you ever have need for the fruit, they are only a defrosting away.
Steps for Freezing Bananas?
- Peel Your Bananas – You are definitely going to want to peel your bananas before you freeze them.
- Freeze on Cookie Baking Sheets (Optional) – This is not a must, but if you do not want your bananas to stick together, then it is a good idea to put them in the freezer on baking sheets. Placing them on the baking sheets will allow them to freeze without sticking together. Once they are frozen, then you can place them in the freezer bag.
- Put Bananas in a Freezer bag – If you have frozen the bananas on the baking sheets (optional), then you can then place them in a Ziploc, freezer bag or vacuum sealed bag. If you did not use the baking sheet method, you can place the bananas in the bags, seal and freeze.
- Write the Date on Freezer Bag – Frozen bananas can be stored for up to three months and it is a good idea that you label the bag, so you can know how much time has passed, since you first put them in the freezer.
Uses of Frozen Bananas
Frozen bananas can be stored up to 3 months, so you can have a good supply for whatever you want to use them for.
Frozen Bananas and Smoothies
Frozen bananas are the perfect option for smoothies. Just take out one or two and throw them into the blender along with whatever ingredients you have and the end result will be a nice delicious smoothie.
Frozen Bananas as Baby Food
If you’re thinking about freezing bananas and using them as baby food, one of the best options would be to crush them and place them in ice trays. Once you are ready to use the bananas, all you have to do is pop out the cubes you need and let them defrost.
There is a good chance that the fruit will turn brown, but that is not an indicator that it is spoiled or rotten. It is natural for banana to turn brown when out of the skin. If you want to stop the color change, you can “try a drip or 2 of lemon in your banana puree to help stop browning.” (( “Bananas for Baby Food and Introducing Bananas to Your Baby”. Wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com Retrieved 2012-09-29))
Frozen Bananas for Baking
If for some reason you want to use frozen bananas for baking something like banana bread, then the best option would be to let them defrost before using them. Although it’s good to use fresh bananas, you will have no issue using ones that are frozen.