July 23, 2012

Don't Throw Those Bananas Out! Learn How to Flash Freeze Them for Later Use!

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Don’t you just hate it when you buy a bunch of bananas, and the last few go to waste, because they ripen too quickly? They usually start looking like this...ewwww!

Ripe Bananas, Freezing Food, Preserve Fruit

You may be tempted to throw them out, but don't. I have a better solution—flash freeze them! Flash freezing is a great way to preserve fruits and vegetables for later use.


Freezing bananas is quite simple and there are several ways in which you can go about doing it. You could freeze them whole or cut them up, first. I am actually going to show you how I freeze them by cutting them up in advance. I prefer this method over freezing them whole, because I could use the banana pieces in a variety of recipes and only need to grab what I need. 

Here’s how to do it:

Peel the banana and slice it up:
 
Ripe Bananas, Freezing Food, Preserve Fruit

 
Place the banana slices down on a baking sheet (I sometimes lay a piece of parchment paper on the pan before adding the banana slices):

Ripe Bananas, Freezing Food, Preserve Fruit


Place the pan in the freezer for a few hours (until frozen). Afterwards, remove the frozen banana slices from the pan and store in an air-tight container or zip-lock bag:

Ripe Bananas, Freezing Food, Preserve Fruit

 
Bananas are one of my favorite fruits to freeze, because they are so versatile in recipes. You could throw them in pancakes, smoothies, muffin mixes, or even use them to make a yummy batch of banana bread! 

    

23 comments:

Kathy Wells said...

Great tip Kelly this is what I do with all my fruits after I go grocery shopping when I catch them on sale so I stock up and have them for my recipes. You can do the exact same for your berries and pineapple too. 

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thanks, Kathy! I do the same thing. It really helps to save money when you find a great produce deal, but don't want anything to spoil.

Lisa said...

Awesome!   This is really a smart idea!  Thanks for the tip and for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!"  Many blessings, Lisa  :-)

Jugglingactmama said...

this is such a great post, thanks for sharing! i found you on the try a new recipe tuesday link up and will be back again to see what other great things you have to share :) please visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Lisa! Have a blessed day!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Welcome, Ang! So glad you stopped by. Thank you for following!

Marlys @thisandthat said...

I need to freeze my bananas this way instead of cutting them up and throwing them in a freezer bag and throwing them in the freezer... they are kind of one big clump that way... Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. ~ marlys

Ca4ole said...

 


Did
you know that your word verification stuff/are you a robot etc is turned
on?  It would make commenting much easier
if you got rid of it.

Ca4ole said...

Sorry I think I just mucked up my comment.  Please don't publish it - it was an error.  What I meant to say was:
Hi there. 
You will have noticed that this week's subject for Food on Friday is
bananas.  How about linking this post
in?  Cheers

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Hi Marleys! That is the beauty of flash freezing-it helps eliminate that very same problem. I do this with apples and other fruits, as well. Try it and let me know if it helps. :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

I must have missed that post, but will go check it out (and link up). Thank you for the heads up!

Ca4ole said...

Thanks for linking this in.  Mr Linky somehow put it into the meatball edition!  Hee hee.  But it's ok - I've shifted it over to bananas for you.  I'll be sure to check out your link up.  Cheers

Diane Balch said...

I've done this with berries but never bananas thanks for the tip.

Lois said...

What a great idea!!!  Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!  Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!  

Spicy Stacie said...

This is how I always freeze bananas. They are so convenient for smoothies, desert topping, etc.  I use a piece of wax paper to line the pan usually, otherwise it leaves marks on my pan I can't seem to get off.  Thanks for the post.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome. I have also done this with berries (apples, too). It's a great way to preserve fruit (no waste). Have a great day!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Lol! That's too funny! Definitely the wrong food group. Thank you, again, for the invite.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Thank you, Lois. Will do!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

 Oh wow, I didn't know about the marks on the pan. I usually do this so it doesn't stick. This is good to know. Thanks for the heads up.

Ugochi Jolomi said...

Thanks for sharing Kelly! Hope you are enjoying your summer. 
Finding you a great blogger,I just nominated you for The Liebester Award.

You can go here to receive it:http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com/2012/08/my-liebster-award.html
Have a great day!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

That's really sweet! Thank you, Ugochi!

Laura said...

What a great idea! We love Bananas in our house, but they always seem to go bad. We will be freezing them from now on!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

It's a great way to prevent wasting them. As much as we love bananas here, they always seem to go bad so quickly.

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