Save money on bananas! Those browning bananas on your counter don't need to get thrown away, even if you aren't ready to use them right now. Freezing them is a great way to use them later in banana bread or any recipe that uses mashed banana. View the full recipe here: Freezing Mashed Bananas
I love making banana bread. It is one of my favorites. I thought I would share what I do with my ripened bananas.
I buy bananas with each food shopping day. I always make sure I buy a few extra. When they are ripened, I peel, mash (a bit chunky) and put them in a Rubbermaid airtight sealed container. I always use ones that are marked with the amount they hold. I use 2 cup containers.
The preview you will see holds 1 3/4 cups. I write out a sticky label with the amount and the date and freeze them. When I have enough (about 6 cups of mashed bananas), I thaw them in lukewarm water, and this makes 4 large banana breads. I won't write the recipe as I have already posted my banana bread recipe. Unless otherwise I am asked to.
A lot of people do not think that mashed bananas can be frozen. They freeze just fine! Enjoy! :)
Editor's Note: We have linked to Jackie's Banana Bread Squares recipe below.
When the last bananas in a bunch get over ripe, I just put them in the freezer "as is" to save for when I want to make banana bread. The bananas get horrid looking when they are frozen; black and wrinkly, but the insides stay perfectly good.
When I want to bake, I thaw the desired number of bananas until they are soft. Then I just break off the end and squeeze the banana pulp into a measuring cup, just as you would squeeze toothpaste from a tube. 1 cup banana pulp is right for a loaf of banana bread. This saves waste from unused bananas, but lets me bake when it's convenient for me.
By Karen from Huntington, WV
I like to slice a banana, freeze it, and then make a smoothie with the frozen banana slices, chocolate soy milk, and honey.
This is exactly what I do - freeze in the peel! Thaw and use as you would a typical banana. Enjoy!
When the bananas' skins start to get brown, I peel the bananas and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Once I have them all wrapped, I place them in a freezer zip bag and store them in the door of my kitchen freezer.
Those browning bananas on your counter don't need to get thrown away, even if you aren't ready to use them right now. Freezing them is a great way to use them later in banana bread or any recipe that uses mashed banana.
What a treat! I found very ripe bananas for $1/5 pounds. Very few were soft, so I took a chance. I also bought some chocolate shell, because I remember frozen chocolate covered bananas from my days of working at Knott's Berry Farm.
I eat a banana every day, not only because it's delicious, but they are good for you. On these hot days, it's so refreshing to sit in the swing on the porch and eat a frozen banana.
I prefer not to defrost more then the recipe requires, so I am wondering how many frozen bananas equal a half cup of thawed bananas mashed?
Difficult to answer as bananas come in all sizes and shapes. Thaw one banana and see what happens.
1 large regular size banana. I do this all the time.
If you freeze the bananas in their skins are they still alright to use or are they bad?
They are great used frozen in smoothies. I just put them in the freezer skins and all, when I want a smoothie I take them out and cut them in half the long way and pull off the peel and pop them in the blender or in a glass of milk and use the immersion blender, good stuff.
They are fine to use but I have much better luck with peeling them and putting them in a plastic bag. It is also easier to use them if you have measured out the amount you want for your recipe before freezing. They will turn dark if left in freezer very long but are still good to use in a baked recipe. We love banana bread muffins!
When is the best time to put the bananas in the freezer? I need to know the best time to cut them before placing in the freezer for my smoothies. When they are green or right as they start turning ripe?
When my bananas start to turn a little brown, I throw them in the freezer peel and all. When I want to use them for my smoothies I run them under hot water for a few moments and then peel them and throw them in my drinks.
you want to wait until brown spots are forming. the brown spots indicate bananas are at maximum sweetness. i have banana peanut butter smoothies 3-4 times a week.
Can I freeze mashed, ripe bananas for future use?
By Sandy from Memphis, TN
I don't even bother to mash them. I just peel them, put them in a ziploc bag, squeeze any air out and freeze!
I put the entire unpeeled banana into the freezer. When I am ready to use it, I let it thaw and then I snip the end off and squeeze.
I pulled my bananas out of the freezer and let them sit out overnight. The next day they were watery; can I still use them for banana cake?
By Becky from New Prague, MN
Yes. you can use them, but you have to figure the liquid they gave off into the liquid needed for the recipe. Drain the banana water ino a measuring cup, and use as part of the liquid measurement needed for the recipe.
The liquid in the bananas, when they thaw, does not affect your recipe. I frequently freeze my bananas and use them for banana bread. Sometimes, I don't even peel them!
Freeze medium ripe, skin-on, bananas in freezer bags. To use, allow bananas to partially thaw at room temperature, 5-10 minutes so skins can be easily removed. These bananas are excellent and handy for baking.