Do you sometime buy too many bananas? When the outside peel turns dark, don't throw them away. Take off the peel, put in zip lock bags, and freeze until you get ready to bake something. Use them in banana bread or any kind of baking that calls for mashed bananas. I bake with all my left over bananas. This was taught to me by my mother.
By Queen BEE from TN
Good saving tip, saves you money.
I have tried this and it does work.
Good saving tip for bananas.
I have done this before for many years. The one thing I would recommend is to cut the liquid/water some because using the banana frozen adds just a touch more liquid. I love using frozen bananas. I have even used them in pancakes, anything that uses bananas can be use frozen bananas.
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Whenever you see overripe bananas in a store, buy as many as you can. Have your friends save them if they don't use them. Peel them and freeze until you have enough to make a HUGE batch of banana bread.
When you make the batter, instead of pouring it into loaves, pour it into lined cupcake pans. Freeze the banana cupcakes in large zip lock bags. The kids can grab a frozen banana bread cupcake and throw it in their lunch. By noon or snack time, it is ready to eat. Your kids are eating a much healthier option than cookies and Twinkies.
By newlifeat49 from Rouses Point, NY
When your bananas start to get too ripe, remove the peeling and put into a freezer or sandwich bag and freeze it. This makes a healthy treat that you can eat alone or with ice cream that could be topped with chocolate syrup, oops, there goes the healthy diet!
It's better to eat the bananas while they're frozen; for, they'll get mushy and discolored when thawed. Also, any bananas saved by freezing comes in very handy when making banana bread or any other cooking type recipes calling for bananas.
By Anorman from Williamsport, TN
When I buy overripe bananas, I freeze them and then use them in blender fruit drinks. they are so delicious. (02/02/2010)
By Marcia S
I have a tip for all those who enjoy banana bread. When bananas are being sold at a reduced price because they are over ripe, have blackened skins, buy them. Mash them, measure out what you need for each recipe and put the mashed bananas in a zip lock sandwich bag. I know these are not for the freezer, so put the sandwich bag inside a zip lock freezer bag and you have mashed bananas, enough for one recipe of banana bread any time you want it without going to the market.
If you want to save even further. Just put the whole banana in a freezer ziplock bag and defrost either on the counter or microwave. Most recipes call for 2 or 3 bananas depending on the size. The bag is continually kept in the freezer for future use. (01/01/2010)
I make a habit of buying overripe bananas whenever I find them at a significant savings. Don't let the dark skins fool you! I've actually brought them home to find out they are as nice as the regular bananas. We eat what we can and then freeze the rest for banana bread or cake later on. You can mash or chop them for freezing or freeze them whole in the skins.
If you peel and mash them, stir in a little lemon juice, then freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. I freeze them whole if freezer space allows, then just remove 2-3 for a recipe. (That's the general amount needed in most recipes.) You can defrost the bananas briefly in the microwave or at room temperature until they can be peeled, then mash and use in your recipe. Once defrosted, use in breads, muffins, cakes, puddings, smoothies, or add to yogurt, etc.
By Earth Heart from Polk, Ohio
Lucky you! I can't even buy ripe bananas, all the ones for sale are still green. I can't remember the last time I saw a ripe banana on sale (01/22/2008)
By Myrtle May
We use them for smoothies in the morning and can't seem to keep enough on hand. (01/24/2008)