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Can Overripe Bananas be Frozen?

CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 01:15 PM

I've just been given a stash of overripe bananas -- far more than I can use for banana bread right now. Can I freeze them for future baking use? And, besides banana bread, how can I use them?

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  1. porker RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 01:21 PM

    The wife freezes them all the time. Makes banana cake (similar to your bread?) later.

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      gordeaux RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 01:25 PM

      I freeze them all the time too.
      Banana bread
      muffins
      pancakes
      Ice cream
      Use them anywhere the texture /appearance of the fruit no longer really matters.

      1. Firegoat RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 01:27 PM

        I freeze them all the time to use for banana bread later. I peel them first, then pop them in a freezer bag.

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          cheesecake17 RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 01:41 PM

          banana coffee cake
          banana bread
          smoothies
          replacement for egg in cakes/brownies
          or dip in chocolate and chopped nuts and eat frozen

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            abeane RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 02:03 PM

            I always freeze my overripe bananas and they are great for use in breads, coffeecakes, pancakes, etc. Sometimes I even add them to my oatmeal, although the texture is better with fresh bananas. Word of caution, if you freeze them with the peel on (which I always do, for some reason it never occurred to me to take the peel off) the peel turns blackish-brown once frozen and you'll want to be sure to cut off the dry nubby end if thawing in the microwave. Perhaps freezing them peeled is the way to go, although leaving the peel on may provide extra protection against freezer burn.

            1. Rmis32 RE: CindyJ Mar 18, 2009 02:16 PM

              Definitely good for smoothies. Since they are frozen, no need for ice and so smoothie is not diluted. I throw 'em in the blender, skin & all, the blender completely atomizes the peel.

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