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How to Freeze Bananas
Step-by-step instructions to freeze bananas easily for later use. Includes tips to prevent discoloration so they don't end up turning brown in the freezer.
Servings: 4 bananas
Label resealable plastic freezer bags with today's date and set aside.
Adjust your freezer to the coldest setting. Make space inside the freezer for the bananas, ideally a flat section.
Remove the peels from the bananas. Slice into pieces if desired.
Fill the bags with bananas pieces so they fit comfortably in a single layer only. (Do not stuff them in or they'll clump up later.)
Seal each bag tight, squeezing out as much excess air as possible during the process.
Gently place each bag in the freezer so they lie flat. Freeze for at least 2 hours or until completely solid.
- Some sources recommend flash freezing banana slices on a baking sheet before placing into bags. This process not only requires a large freezer, but also gives the bananas time to oxidize and brown. It's much better to freeze in a single player inside sealed bags.
- Don't leave the bananas unattended after peeling, as they'll be more likely to turn brown.
- Use frozen bananas directly in smoothies without thawing, but defrost completely for use in baking. If you're in a rush, you can microwave frozen banana slices for 30 seconds on full power.