How do I freeze bananas?
One of the few fruits my DH will eat is the banana, but they have to be just about "so" in terms of ripeness for him to eat them raw. What is the best way to freeze them for making banana bread etc., once they're "too ripe" for him? Do I need to add anything to the mashed banana, like say lemon juice etc., or can I just mash them and freeze as is? ???
I'm not sure if this is the right way but I put them in the freezer whole. They turn a lovely shade of brown of course but when you need them you pull them out and thaw. They will then be ready for use and be ever so tender and easy to mash. : )
Once over ripe, I put them in whole as well. When ready to use them, I let them thaw about 5 minutes, run a knife down the length just enough to pierce the skin and then chop them in half, width-wise. This may sound complicated, but it makes it much easier to peel and is less messy than thawing completely. It is also easy to mush with a fork, or break up for smoothies! ;)
If you plan on using them for smoothies, or anything of that nature, go ahead and peel them first, and chop them into chunks. That way, you don't have to wait for them to thaw; they can go straight into the blender. They'll make your smoothie creamy and thick that way, it's the best way to use bananas. Not to mention, frozen banana chunks eaten straight from the freezer (preferably while you're standing in front of the open freezer door in your bathrobe and slippers at 2 in the morning) will quell just about any ice-cream-like texture craving you're experiencing.
Kay, that was a tangent, and totally useless as far as banana bread goes. But you can also freeze them in chunks for bread as well. Mashing chunks is slightly easier than trying to corner a frozen and somewhat slimy/slippery whole banana with a mashing utensil; they shoot right out from underneath you. :P (Who says vegan food doesn't fight back...) Anyway, chunks are a good way to go, regardless of culinary purpose.
i freeze mine whole...gets around that whole "freezer burn" problem i have. then i do like hm and run the knife down them and pop them out. but when i make banana bread i put all my wet ingredients and bananas in the blender vs mashing them by hand...cause i'm lazy and like my smoooooth bread
When I make a yummy banana ice cream I chop my banans up and freeze them in an airtight container. Then when I use them for the ie-cream I add lemon juice to the blender to make sure the ice-cream doesn't turn that lovely shade of banana brown!
i just cut them into coins and freeze them, but putting them in the freezer whole sounds oh so much easier