That awkward moment when you both walk in the door with a bushel of bananas...
Some days communication fails you on who's going to the store and who is supposed to pick up bananas. You start to do the math of how many bananas you can eat per day before they go bad... and there aren't enough days. That's when you realize you need to freeze them. Should you just throw them in the freezer now? The best way to freeze bananas does *in fact* have an art to it.
When to freeze bananas:
Let them ripen! You don't have to let them compleeeeetely brown, but you want them very ripe and covered in lots of brown spots. These are the best type of bananas for smoothie recipes! I actually prefer frozen vs. fresh bananas in my smoothies, they seem to make them creamier.
If you like to rotate banana bread recipes in your life then let them get very very brown, the riper the sweeter they will be for your breads.
The best way to freeze bananas:
- Place wax paper down in a rectangular & freezer safe container.
- Peel the bananas!
- Break bananas up into ⅓ chunks and place on wax paper.
- Cover first layer in wax paper and continue layers of wax paper and bananas depending on how many bananas you have.
- If you don't use frozen bananas often, place some painters tape with date on container so you know how long they've been frozen.
How to use frozen bananas:
- Throw them in a smoothie! Use 1-2 pieces of frozen banana in a smoothie
- Use them in any baking recipe. Microwave frozen banana for about 1 minute - warning: it looks kinda goopy and gross but it's just the same in a recipe
I use this trick every time I make these Carrot Cake Bars.
Do you have a favorite trick to save anything going bad? Let me know below!
How to Freeze Bananas
- wax paper
- freeze friendly tupperware
- 1 Banana
- Peel banana and discard peel
- Cut the banana into thirds
- Line a freezer friendly container with wax paper and place banana pieces on paper.
- Freeze for 1 hour or until ready for use.