How To: Freeze Bananas
Today I’m going to teach you how to freeze bananas. Why freeze bananas? Good question.
Frozen bananas are a great way to preserve over ripe bananas until you’re ready to use them. Thaw. Mash. Create.
I freeze bananas exclusively for whipping up thick, creamy smoothies. Frozen bananas, or frozen fruit in general, is a key ingredient for creating the perfect, full-bodied smoothie.
What do I mean by full-bodied? Say you use fresh, room-temperature fruit (which is totally okay). In order to create a cold, frothy smoothie, the addition of ice is required. Adding ice to room-temperature ingredients will cause the ice to melt and will ultimately dilute your smoothie, causing a less flavorful smoothie.
Freezing fruit at the peak of freshness will not only preserve the fruit, but it will eliminate the need for ice. Frozen fruit equals fruit + ice. No diluting. No loss of flavor. Thick smoothie. Sounds better, right?
This method is completely effortless. Let’s get started.
1. Grab a few bananas and get to peelin’.
2. Slice bananas into thick rounds.
3. Transfer banana slices to a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet. Arrange the bananas in a single layer making sure the slices are not touching.
4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow the bananas to freeze completely, about 2 hours.
5. Transfer the banana slices to a freezer bag and store until ready to use.
This tutorial will come in handy for the smoothie recipes that will be coming your way later this week. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave me a note in the comments.