Okay, most of you probably know that you can freeze really ripe bananas to use later in breads, smoothies etc.
But did you know that you can freeze them in the peel?
I didn't know this until a couple of years ago. I had read that you had to peel the banana and then double wrap it in plastic wrap and then put it in a plastic bag, get the air out and seal the bag.
So even though we'd frequently have bananas that were just past the eating stage, I'd sometimes throw them out because I wouldn't have time (or the motivation to be honest) to do all that work.
Then I read somewhere that you could just throw the whole banana in the freezer. Peel and all.
Well, that was certainly easier than the other method. So I gave it a try. And was amazed that it worked perfectly.
We now have a whole drawer in our freezer devoted to bananas.
To make a smoothie, I take a couple out and run them under hot water just to knock the frost off and then use a knife to peel the skin off and in the blender they go.
To use in muffins or bread, simply thaw (in the fridge overnight is probably best, but I do it on the counter top for a couple of hours too), cut off one end, and squish the banana goo right out like toothpaste from a tube. It's the perfect banana mush.
My Family's Favorite Smoothie
2 frozen bananas, peeled
frozen strawberries, a big handful (probably a cup or two)
milk or oj (enough to make it milkshake texture)
All you do is throw it in a (good strong) blender and whirl it up.
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