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Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 04:17 AM

Sometimes I score a dollar bag of bananas from the take-it-away corner of the produce section. I tried peeling them, cutting them into chunks and freezing them is zip-lock baggies. They ended up brown and unappetizing-looking. They got tossed.

Anybody had luck with freezing bananas?

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    fourunder RE: Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 04:23 AM

    I freeze them when I cannot finish them in enough time before they go bad...in the skins...yes the skins will turn brown, but they will not freezer burn. I use them later for something like oatmeal or fruit smoothies. If you have Popsicle sticks, you can make frozen bananas and dip them in chocolate for a frozen treat

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      fern RE: Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 04:27 AM

      I freeze them, too, and then use them for banana bread, muffins etc. Works beautifully. Definitely freeze them in their skins, as fourunder said.
      Don't you feel better already? :) I hate throwing out food I just didn't get to.

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        Sharuf RE: fern Jan 25, 2009 04:47 AM

        Do you have to thaw them to get the peel off? Do they discolor at all when frozen in their jackets? I was thinking of using them in smoothies where the frozen state is a plus, and appetizing color is a must.

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          foodwich RE: Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 04:56 AM

          I have frozen them peeled as well, without any adverse reactions. After which used in a milkshake and it was the best. makes the shake creamier without adding any cream. smoothies and shakes is the way to go with frozen bananas.

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            hungryungry RE: foodwich Feb 11, 2009 06:57 PM

            if you pull the out of the freezer the night before you're planning on using them, you can chop off one end and basically squeeze the banana out (kinda like a piping bag)
            I only do i cause it makes me giggle

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            Rick RE: Sharuf Sep 21, 2009 01:00 PM

            I frozen bananas once a week in a peanut butter, yogurt, banana smoothie. I just run the banana under some cold water for a few minutes and it helps in getting the peel off. I usually have to finish getting the "strings" off by just scraping them off with my fingers. The peels turn completely brown but the fruit itself is fine. Not sure why perfect banana color is a must for you in your smoothie. Using frozen bananas makes the smoothie nice and cold, my one complain before using room temp bananas in my smoothies!

        2. Caralien RE: Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 05:53 AM

          I'm with fourunder, ferm, and foodwich--they can be frozen in skin. Usually when we've forgotten that we had them and they were over-ripe; the added sweetness is far better when making baked goods.

          We save them primarily for making banana muffins, bread, or pancakes, or for butter replacement in certain other baked goods. If I drank smoothies, which I might when it's over 18F out, this would be perfect. Or to add to frozen rum drinks (ie a modified bushwaker, using banana instead of the coconut cream).

          They don't thaw well if you want to serve them defrosted; best in blended or baked goods.

          1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Sharuf Jan 25, 2009 06:28 AM

            discussions on freezing them here:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/277125
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/578489

            and ideas for using them (fresh and frozen) here:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/274839
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/430834
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/403188
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/315417
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/283260
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/348136
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/399596

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              fern RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 25, 2009 07:23 AM

              Wow, Jackpot! Perfect day to think about baking something.

            2. CoryKatherine RE: Sharuf Jan 27, 2009 09:31 AM

              I also freeze mine to use in fruit smoothies/banana bread- the only problem I have is peeling them after. I usually end up using a knife like you'd peel a cucumber. the bananas are still nice and yellow and delicious inside but my fingers are freezing off getting to them! Any tricks of the trade out there?

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                aravenel RE: CoryKatherine Jan 27, 2009 10:59 AM

                I run the peels under hot water for a minute to loosen them from the fruit. Works OK, but I'm open to other suggestions.

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                  Caralien RE: aravenel Jan 27, 2009 01:58 PM

                  If you snip the top off after rinsing under hot water, they squeeze out. Bloop!

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                    CoryKatherine RE: Caralien Feb 1, 2009 02:24 PM

                    haha that bloop made me ewwwww

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                      Caralien RE: CoryKatherine Feb 4, 2009 07:10 AM

                      Apologies. I have been coming up with ways to teach a niece how to cook, laughter being crucial. :)

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                        hungryungry RE: Caralien Feb 11, 2009 06:58 PM

                        no! the bloop was the perfect sound effect! haha

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                aravenel RE: Sharuf Jan 27, 2009 10:58 AM

                They freeze fine, but only for using in baking or ice cream. You wouldn't want to eat a defrosted one plain--they're all mushy.

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                  Erika L RE: Sharuf Feb 1, 2009 03:57 PM

                  Do you want to freeze them when they're still OK to eat, or after they're turned spotty or brown? If you want to make banana pops, peel and then skewer them and put them in the freezer on a cookie sheet. My guess is that you'd need to eat them in a day or so; otherwise, they'd start to dehydrate.

                  As for freezing leopard bananas, here's another vote for freezing after removing peels. I also smush them with the back of a fork before popping them in the freezer. They're great for things requiring the flavor and the moisture of a banana--e.g., baked goods, smoothies--but are no good for eating out of hand.

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                    ijeny RE: Erika L Sep 16, 2009 04:52 PM

                    Hi,

                    I have frozen some smashed riped banans a couple of days ago, and I would like to make some banana muffins with it, now do I need to throw frozen mashed bananas before I make muffins? This will be my first time to make banana muffins. Thanks for the advise. :))

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                      Caralien RE: ijeny Sep 17, 2009 04:37 PM

                      the bananas should be thawed if possible, as that way they'll mash with the batter better. All things considered, banana bread/muffins/pancakes taste better if you let the batter sit for a day in my not very humble opionion. Just stir again before pouring.

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                        ijeny RE: Caralien Sep 21, 2009 01:34 AM

                        Thank you, Caralien. So do you put the batter for a day in a frige??

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                          Caralien RE: ijeny Sep 25, 2009 08:48 PM

                          1 day is very good, 2 days not recommended, but if that happens, add an additional soup/tablespoon of flour and a pinch of baking soda, at which point it should be made. Pancakes, muffins, loaf. Otherwise, it gets thin and odd, with indeterminate results including bitterness, lumpiness, and inedible textures.

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                    lgss RE: Sharuf Feb 2, 2009 03:29 AM

                    Peel, break into chunks and place in sealable container. We use them in smoothies and banana bread/muffins.

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                      cycloneillini RE: Sharuf Feb 9, 2009 05:41 PM

                      We're totally into fruit smoothies in our house and I use all frozen fruit, so I don't have to dilute them with ice. Frozen sliced bananas are perfect.

                      1. almansa RE: Sharuf Feb 10, 2009 03:24 PM

                        I peel frozen bananas and process them with a couple drops of water in the Cuisinart. It becomes almost indistinguishable from gelato and it's very healthy. I even do this by choice, rather than by necessity.

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                          ijeny RE: Sharuf Sep 16, 2009 04:53 PM

                          Hi,

                          I have frozen some smashed riped banans a couple of days ago, and I would like to make some banana muffins with it, now do I need to throw frozen mashed bananas before I make muffins? This will be my first time to make banana muffins. Thanks for the advise. :))

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                            iluvcookies RE: ijeny Sep 16, 2009 06:23 PM

                            Yes, thaw the bananas first. The Home Cooking board is a great place for this type of advice. Happy Chowhounding!

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                              DallasDude RE: iluvcookies Sep 17, 2009 05:38 PM

                              Childhood favorite: chocolate cover frozen banana on a stick. Yum.

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                                Caralien RE: DallasDude Sep 18, 2009 05:50 AM

                                this wouldn't work with frozen old bananas! You really need fresh, ripe bananas to get this version!

                          2. Kajikit RE: Sharuf Sep 18, 2009 11:40 AM

                            Banana freezes just fine... but it is not directly edible afterwards. Next time you have too many bananas, mash up the excess and freeze them in small containers. You can pull one out and put it into your cake and it doesn't matter that it's not a very appealing colour...

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                              lgss RE: Kajikit Sep 21, 2009 03:20 PM

                              If you peel them and break into chunks before freezing, instead of mashing, they don't change color much.

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                                deibu RE: lgss Sep 25, 2009 09:13 PM

                                You can also squeeze a little lemon or lime juice on them when you stick the peeled bananas in the freezer and it helps prevent discoloration.

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                                  ijeny RE: deibu Oct 16, 2009 01:01 PM

                                  I have some frozen bananas in a glass container and after thawed, I noticed there are lots of water in the container. I have drained out water, but there are more coming out from them. What should I do so it will not affect muffins and/or breads texture?

                                  The recipe origianlly calls for 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Thanks a lot~~

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                                    Cherylptw RE: ijeny Oct 16, 2009 07:17 PM

                                    I thawed out some bananas last night to make a cake; they do contain a lot of water, so I just drain them in a colander and using the heel of my palm, I press down on the bananas to release the moisture...works perfectly for me.

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                              2daisies RE: Sharuf Jun 25, 2010 06:26 PM

                              Hey, Sharuf! I'm always freezing my bananas whenever they get a little riper than I prefer, and then use them to make smoothies. I do exactly what you did...peel them, break them into chunks & put them in ziploc freezer bags. They brown only slightly but taste just fine, & they make great smoothies cuz I never have to add ice! Make sure you use FREEZER ziplocs & dont leave them in the freezer too long, like months, cuz then they do turn an unappetizing brown. I never have that problem cuz I make a lot of smoothies & use them up quickly. One of my favorite smoothies: Blend frozen banana chunks, frozen mango chunks, frozen pineapple chunks, organic low-fat vanilla yogurt, orange-pinapple juice & shredded unsweetened coconut. Yummy! Hope this helps!

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