If you are like me, you buy bananas with the intensions of eating them before they become to ripe. I actually like bananas a little green and firm instead of being soft. Brown spots are a definite no. Surprisingly, that timeline seems to fly by. You buy them today and within a couple days the spots start to form.
It is recommended to hang banana on a banana hook instead of having them lay down. Bananas should not be placed in a bowl with other fruit. This will accelerate the ripening process. Placing plastic wrap on the stem will slow down the ripening process. Personally, I like freezing them so I do not have to worry about them.
Bananas freeze well, but there is a proper way to freeze them. They should not be frozen in the peel and they should not be frozen if they are still green. This preserves them and makes it ease to obtain the quantity desired straight from the freezer.
Pre-freezing the Bananas
The steps for pre-freezing are:
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
Slice bananas into 1 inch pieces
Place banana slices on the cookie sheet
Put cookie sheet into the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes
Wrapping up the Frozen Bananas
Once the bananas have been pre-frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and place them in a zip locked bag. Place that bag into another ziplock bag. Label and date the bag and now store them in the freezer.
Wa la!! your bananas will be frozen and ready to be thawed and used for next wonderful banana bread recipe, banana milkshake, banana pudding, or just added to your morning cereal.
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