Freezing Bananas in the Peel

A common way to freeze bananas for use later is to simply freeze them with the peel still intact. This is a page about freezing bananas in the peel.
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August 3, 2009

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 Downing from Huntington, WV

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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.

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August 12, 2011

If you freeze the bananas in their skins are they still alright to use or are they bad?

By Peg

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August 12, 20110 found this helpful
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I always freeze bananas in their skins. When I'm ready to use them, I thaw them in a cereal bowl, peel them and mash them up. The fruit will be very soft, perfect for using in banana breads/muffins. My favorite way to use them, though, is to peel them while still frozen, and blend them with some orange juice and a bit of vanilla yogurt for a delicious , chilled breakfast smoothie.

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They are also great when blended with chocolate milk and a bit of peanut butter for a quick, protein filled breakfast shake!

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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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.
Basset G.

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August 15, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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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!

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The best way to freeze bananas for recipes or smoothies is to peel them first, cut up in one inch chunks and toss in a bowl of carbonated lemon-lime beverage briefly (cheaper and less messy than lemon juice and still keeps them from browning so fast) and then spread them on a cookie or baking sheet and freezes solid.

When frozen, put into a ziptop bag. Then you can take out as much as you need for what you are doing and leave the rest for later. Each chunk is about a tablespoon. Great way to use the really ripe bananas that you can catch on sale at the produce section, and you will always have them on hand when you need them.

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No, the frozen ones are not good for a fruit salad, so make your fruit salad the day you buy them, but still toss them with some carbonated lemon-lime soda to keep from browning. I can't remember who taught me that but it works for peaches too.

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May 23, 2012

How long can bananas in their peel be frozen for?

By Beth

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

I asked Alexa and it was 2 to 3 months. I have had them in the freezer up to 5 months. when they start to get frost on them, get the or the hubby eating them!!! they won't argue with you!

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