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Rita Mar 20, 2005 09:12 PM

I have a few over-ripe bananas I would like to freeze for shakes. Do I peel them and put them in a plastic bag or don't peel them?

  1. d
    dt Mar 20, 2005 09:53 PM

    Peel and slice them.

    1. j
      ju Mar 20, 2005 11:35 PM

      You may find some helpful comments on these previous threads :

      http://www.chowhound.com/boards/cooking5/messages/14419.html

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      1. d
        dixieday Mar 21, 2005 06:00 AM

        Peel and mash, then freeze in a zip-loc bag or plastic container. If you don't peel them, the peel sticks to the frozen banana and is nearly impossible to remove.

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          Diane Mar 21, 2005 06:15 AM

          Peel and mash, then freeze the resulting pulp in the portions you will need, in ziplock bags (as other posters have noted). If using them for baking, I thaw them in a bowl of warm water, but I have successfully used the frozen banana mash in smoothies without thawing first. It's especially handy to have the exact amount you want, otherwise you will be digging frozen banana out of the bag.

          1. d
            Donna Mar 21, 2005 09:10 AM

            I put them whole in ziplock bags and freeze for smoothies. Thawing isn't necessary. They slice very easily frozen, which is what I do. Fruit yogurt, frozen blues, strawberries, cherries and raspberries, sliced frozen bananas, 1/2 c. oj. Place all in blender, let 'er rip-yum!

            1. k
              kc girl Mar 21, 2005 09:34 AM

              If you don't have time to peel them, just throw them in the freezer in the skins. No fuss, no muss.

              Then, you have to thaw them before you use them. And, do that on a plate or something because a goey dark liquid will run from them and might not help your white tile grout much.

              Whatever you decide, the frozen bananas will not retain their clean bright light yellow color or texture as the fresh ones. So, cook them up into something. Or, peel and put them on a stick to make frozen bananas to be covered in chocolate.

              1. g
                Grace Mar 21, 2005 11:15 AM

                I peel, break in half and freeze in plastic bags. I don't mash or slice them, because I like to eat them straight from the freezer sometimes. A great natural popsicle.

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