How to Freeze Bananas
Find out in our step-by-step instructions how to quickly and easily freeze ripe bananas whether they came from your garden or the grocery store.
Why Should You Freeze Bananas?
Bananas are a healthy, delicious and handy portable fruit. Unfortunately, they tend to ripen fast due to the amount of ethylene gas they produce. But we have the perfect solution. If you happen to have extra overripe bananas there's no need to whip up banana bread, or toss them into the compost bin. Just freeze them.
There are a few ways to store bananas in the freezer. The method you choose will depend on how you plan to use them later. Bananas are best frozen when they're ripe (the peel will have just begun to get brown spots). Here's how to freeze ripe bananas so that you can enjoy them later in banana bread and smoothies.
Should You Peel Bananas First?
You can freeze unpeeled bananas. However, you'll save time and frustration later if you remove the peels before you freeze your bananas. When they are frozen with the peels on, they turn brown and become soft. The bananas are fine to use, but the peels are more difficult to remove in this state.
Freezing Whole Bananas
This method is best if you plan to make baked goods or banana smoothies.
- Peel the bananas.
- Place them into a freezer-safe bag or container.
- Label the container with the date and contents.
Frozen bananas can go straight into the blender for smoothies. For baked goods, let the bananas defrost first before adding them to your recipe.
This method makes it easier to measure out banana pieces in whatever quantity you need for your smoothie recipe or baked goods.
- Peel the bananas.
- Cut the bananas crosswise in 1/2" to 3/4" thick slices.
- Lay the banana slices out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper.
- Pop the baking sheet in the freezer for about two hours, or until the slices are solid.
- Transfer the frozen slices to a freezer-safe bag or container and label it with the date.
- Return the container or bag to the freezer.
- Use the banana slices as needed.
Making banana popsicles is easy and perfect for a sweet treat.
- Peel ripe bananas and cut them in half.
- Insert popsicle sticks into the cut ends.
- Dip them in melted chocolate or slightly melted peanut butter. Then, roll them in toppings such as nuts or sprinkles.
- Lay them onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment.
- Freeze for two hours or until solid.
- Transfer the frozen banana pops to a freezer-safe bag or container and label it with the date.
- Enjoy whenever you get a craving for something sweet.
How Long Do Bananas Keep in the Freezer?
Bananas will keep in the freezer for six to eight months. If left in your freezer for longer than eight months, they can develop freezer burn.