How to Freeze Bananas easily and quickly without them sticking together! I also share my five favourite recipes to use them after they’ve thawed, and how to properly measure them out!
We’ve all been there. You felt for bananas, so you bought some at the grocery store and left them to sit proudly on your counter. “I’ll eat one a day!” you tell yourself. Then day 4 comes, you realise you haven’t had one, and now you’re panicking slightly. You don’t want to whip them into a banana bread just yet, but you want to save them so they don’t waste. Sounds familiar?
Or maybe you’re a responsible freezer and planned to freeze them in advance in the first place because there was a great deal on bananas or you plan ahead and want to stock up properly. If this is you – teach me your ways, please! Either way, the solution is simple: freeze your bananas the correct way. There is a right way, and a wrong way, and let me tell you, you want to ensure you’re doing it the right way. Let’s get right into it.
How Do I Freeze Bananas?
Friends, two words: flash freeze. The best way to freeze bananas is by flash freezing them because it ensures that the bananas don’t go brown, they don’t stick to one another, and that they’re in the perfect condition when you need them again. Flash freezing is very easy and is what a lot of companies do anything when selling you frozen fruit.
How to Flash Freeze Your Bananas
Place your peeled bananas on a wax paper or parchment paper-lined baking sheet, separated and not touching. Place the baking sheet in your freezer on a flat surface for about 1 to 2 hours, until the bananas are set and firm.
After the time passes, remove from the sheet and transfer them to your freezer-safe bag and return to the freezer. It’s totally okay if they’re touching now.
Two ways to Flash Freeze your Bananas
You can flash freeze your bananas whole. This is great if you know you need whole bananas for something. Do the above steps to flash freeze the place back into your freezer.
Cut into banana medallions/coins, or crosswise-cuts. This is great if you’re unsure what you’ll be doing with your bananas, or you know you’ll need “x cup” worth of bananas.
How do you freeze bananas without turning brown?
Fortunately, the above method helps to prevent this. Just ensure that as soon as you peel your bananas, that you flash freeze them. That limits the exposure. Also, ensure that you place the bananas into an appropriate freezer-safe bag.
How long can you freeze bananas?
I have found that my bananas stay in prime condition frozen up to 4 months. I don’t recommend freezing them longer than that because they can begin to deteriorate in texture and get kind of mushy. Even if you freeze them a day before, you can use them the next day!
How to thaw frozen bananas
Say for example, you’re using the bananas for banana bread. Thaw them before, then I like to place then in a strainer or sieve to let any of the water that might have collect to drain out. That way you’re not adding any extra water into your recipes.