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Does anyone freeze over ripe bananas? Sometimes I only have one, but need three for a banana bread recipe. Do you freeze them with or without the skin on??

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  1. Hmm, I wondered that myself one time. Probably a bad idea though. Better yet, make a half loaf of banana bread. I use Fannie Farmer's recipe and everyone in my family loves it! Just halve the recipe though if you've only one banana. I usually use a little less sugar especially if the banana's really ripe. I think FF tends to be heavyhanded with sugar.

    1. I usually freeze ripe bananas peeled and in tinfoil. I take them out to defrost before making banana bread.

      1. peel, wrap in plastic, and store in a freezer-safe airtight container or freezer bag. i do it all the time - it's the only reason i ever end up being able to bake banana bread or muffins, because when i get the urge to do it i never seem to have really ripe bananas on hand!

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          My wife just tosses them in the freezer peel and all. When she has enough I get banana bread.

          1. re: Eric in NJ

            I do the same. But if they are going to be there very long, I put them (peel and all) into plastic bags, or they eventually leak. I just break off how ever many I need, and defrost on the counter or in the microwave. Banana whole-wheat pancakes are a standard around here.

            1. re: Eric in NJ

              We just toss them in the freezer too (and use them for muffins or smoothies). Why bother peeling them only to rewrap them in plastic or foil?

              1. re: Doh

                Same here....toss them in the freezer as they are. Sometimes I put them in a plastic freezer bag just to keep them together. When defrosted, they slip right out of the peel and are ready for your recipe.

                Of course, don't use previously frozen bananas in anything where the bananas need to look pretty. These will not.

          2. I freeze them all the time but I peel them first because they can be difficult to peel once they've been frozen.

            When you want to used them up, here's an alternative to smoothies and banana bread:
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al... It's excellent and you can stir pieces of nut into it and drizzle on fudge sauce and/or carmel sauce as you transfer it to a storage container for the freezer. It can get truly decadent.

            1. yes, I freeze banannas all the time. Peel the bananna and place in a ziplock freezer bag. I use in bananna cookie recipes, bananna bread, etc. For a yummy snack, freeze the bannana and then dip in melted chocolate. Return to the freezer and eat as a low cal ice cream substitute!

              1. Peel and freeze, well wrapped or vacuum bagged.
                Of course, I wouldn't even consider a banana even edible until it is covered with brown spots.
                Mine rarely make it to the freezer.

                1. I used to peel them and put them in a freezer bag, but now I leave the peel on and put them in a freezer bag. I've found they're less likely to get freezer burn/ice crystals with the peel on. When you thaw them, be sure to put them in a bowl or on a plate if you take them out of the bag, because they get quite mushy. If you split the peel with your hands, the banana will just ooze out of it.

                  1. I don't peel but sometimes put them in a ziplock bag. I defrost in the peel in the microwave.

                    1. Freeze with the peel ON.

                      When you defrost the bananas, the peel comes off like the bra off of a $10 hooker.

                      1. Yes,whenever we have any.Frozen in the skin,just dropped into a plastic bag .They are easy to prep later,thaw enough to peel in less than 30 minutes.