My family has a very inconsistent relationship with bananas: we’re hot, then we’re cold. I buy a bunch each week. … Sometimes, they’re all eaten within a few hours. … Sometimes, they’re all eaten within a few days. … Sometimes, the entire bunch sits, untouched, until they turn so brown that I can’t tell if the color I’m looking at is the actual fruit or just the swarm of fruit flies surrounding it. I’ve never been able to predict demand, so I just buy them.
I need to have them on hand because we like to make smoothies or add bananas to protein shakes, but that’s inconsistent, too. However, one thing remains constant. Within hours of throwing out a bunch of rotten bananas, someone will decide that they want/need one.
This may seem like a silly post, but it’s one that would have benefited me greatly in the past. Once, a long time ago, I expressed my frustration about our frequent waste of bananas, and a friend suggested that I just freeze them.
You can do that?! I had no idea!
I immediately shoved a whole bunch into my freezer. Within hours they had turned completely black. I wasn’t worried. My friend said she did it all the time. A month later, I pulled them out to make banana bread, but I learned an aggravating fact. You can’t peel frozen bananas, and if you wait for them to thaw, you can’t separate the peel from the mush. So, I went back to my old routine of randomly, but consistently, throwing away the uneaten ones.
Then, last year, another friend (BETTER FRIEND), told me that you should freeze bananas WITHOUT the peel.
You can do that?! I had no idea.
I tried it, and my life was forever improved. … No more feeling guilty for wasting precious food. Plus, I always have some on hand, and these frozen pieces are wonderful for smoothies and shakes; possibly even better than the fresh fruit. You can use less ice, which makes the drinks less watery.
Enough! Here’s the procedure …