Here is the ultimate guide on how to freeze and store bananas for long. I have found these methods and tips to work like a charm. Let’s dive right in
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Bananas?
- How to Freeze Bananas?
- Freezing Bananas after Peeling and Cutting
- Freezing Bananas after Flash Freezing
- Freezing Mashed Bananas
- How Long Can You Freeze Bananas?
- How to Store Frozen Bananas?
- How to Defrost Bananas?
- Can You Refreeze Bananas?
- Do Bananas Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Ziploc Bags
Pack and Seal: Place the bananas in a Ziploc bag and seal them, after squeezing out all the excess air.
Label and Freeze: Add a label with the best-before date, and you are good to go.
If you would like to see a tutorial, here is one by “Ashely the Recipe Rebel” on YouTube -
Freezing Bananas after Peeling and Cutting
This simple method is great for using the frozen bananas in smoothies or even to make ice-creams.
Peel and Cut
Peel the bananas and cut them into halves or smaller parts, depending on how you plan to use them later. You could also freeze them as a whole.
Pack and Seal
Portion the bananas and add them into Ziploc bags and seal them. Make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing. You could use a straw to make this process easier.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the best-before date, and you are all set to freeze the bananas. Here is a video by “antioxidantfruits” on YouTube to show you how it’s done –
Freezing Bananas after Flash Freezing
This is the best-recommended way to go about freezing bananas for the long term.
Peel and Cut
Peel and cut the bananas into halves or smaller slices. You could also freeze them as a whole.
Lay the cut bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that they don’t stick together.
Using another sheet of parchment paper and then a layer of metal foil, cover the tray of bananas. This will ensure that the bananas don’t get freezer burns.
Leave the tray of bananas in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it set solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen bananas into a Ziploc bag and seal them, making sure to remove all the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Once you add a label of the best-before date, you can freeze the bananas till you need them next.
Here is a cool tutorial by “Amy Learns to Cook” on YouTube –
Freezing Mashed Bananas
If you have slightly browned bananas, and plan to use them for baking later on, you could use this method.
Peel and Mash
Peel and mash up the bananas. You could add a spoon of lemon juice to the mix to stop it from browning, but that is optional.
Portion and Pack
Divide the mashed bananas into portions that you would normally use in a recipe and then pack them Ziploc bags. Make sure to squeeze out the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the best-before date and measurements. Then you can freeze the bananas.
Here is a video by “Thrifty Fun” on YouTube, to show you how it’s done –
How Long Can You Freeze Bananas?
You can freeze bananas for 3 to 6 months. Bananas are pretty easy to freeze, and as long as they are stored in an air-tight freezer-safe container, you can keep them for long without browning too much.
Keep in mind that the bananas can get mushy when frozen, so they are best used in smoothies or for baking.
How to Store Frozen Bananas?
You can store frozen bananas in Ziploc bags or freezer-safe air-tight containers. The most preferred option is Ziploc bags since they are compact and won’t take up too much freezer space. But the key is to store them air-tight.
Although some people leave the bananas in the freezer without any additional packing, there is a high chance of the condensation causing freezer burns. So, it is best to store them in Ziploc bags or freezer-safe containers before freezing.
How to Defrost Bananas?
You can defrost the bananas by leaving them at room temperature for a couple of hours, letting them thaw gradually. You could also leave the bag or container of banana under some cold water and let it thaw quickly .
But if you plan to use the bananas in smoothies or to make ice cream, the best thing to do would be to use it directly without thawing. Keep in mind that the banana can be difficult to peel once it’s frozen.
It can either be too hard or too slimy. The best option is to cut and prep the bananas before freezing them.
Can You Refreeze Bananas?
You can refreeze bananas once they thaw if you mash them up. Once they thaw, the bananas can be mushy, and it might not be a great idea to freeze it that way. So, you could mash them up or use them in a recipe before freezing them again.
The texture and flavor of the banana will change after repeated freezing. If it has been left out for long there are also chances of bacterial buildup. So, it is best to avoid refreezing.
Portioning the bananas beforehand into easy-to-manage portions, or flash freezing them can help you to avoid wasting the bananas once they thaw.
Do Bananas Freeze Well?
Yes, bananas freeze well and can last for quite a while in the freezer. In fact, many love to use frozen bananas as a base for their smoothies and vegan ice creams, and they taste great.
It is also great to freeze them to make banana bread or other baked goodies later on. Although the bananas can go brown, you can mostly avoid this by being quick with packing and not leaving the banana exposed to air for too long.
You could also sprinkle some lemon juice to stop them from browning.
Bananas turn brown when they are exposed to air. One of the ways in which you can stop the browning is by flash freezing them and packing them immediately, without leaving them out in the open for long. Keeping them in air-tight containers is key to freezing them without letting them turn brown.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store bananas for smoothies, banana bread, and more delicious recipes.
If you have any doubts or want to share some tips of your own, it would be great to hear from you.
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