Are you looking to learn how to freeze sliced bananas? – Then you’re in the right place.
In this article, we’ll be discussing the different ways you can freeze sliced bananas – and the benefits and drawbacks to each of the methods.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Sliced Bananas
The best time to freeze bananas is when they are ripe and the peel is just beginning to get brown spots.
Begin by peeling your bananas and cutting them into slices around half an inch in length.
Then move the banana pieces onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper and arrange them out in a single layer ensuring no two pieces are touching. Then, move the baking tray to the freezer to allow for the bananas to be flash-frozen until solid.
This will take between 2 to 5 hours depending on your freezer.
The benefit of flash freezing your banana slices like this before putting them together in a bag is that they shouldn’t clump together. Instead, you should be able to remove them slice by slice as required.
Once the sliced bananas are frozen you’ll want to transfer the frozen slices to a zip-lock bag or container and return to the freezer.
Be sure to label the container with the details of the food such as what it is and the date it was frozen.
If you find your frozen sliced bananas are going brown it’s due to the air around them. You can minimise this by treating them with some lemon juice however, it won’t remove the process completely.
Frozen bananas are safe for consumption for up to four months after the time in which they were frozen. Giving you plenty of time to use them in various meals!
How To Defrosted Frozen Sliced Bananas
We recommend defrosting your frozen sliced bananas by filling a large bowl with lukewarm water.
Unless you want your bananas to be soft – ideal if you’re using them for a banana bread recipe or a smoothie. In which case opt for warm water.
Then you’ll want to take your bag or container of frozen sliced bananas and submerge it in the water.
Leave it for around five minutes.
After that, remove the bag from the water. If the bananas are still too hard to cut further then you’ll want to replace the water and repeat the process again until the bananas thaw.
Alternatively, consider putting the bag or container of frozen banana slices in the refrigerator to thaw for around two hours.
I recommend putting them on a towel or a bowl to catch any water from the defrosting process.
Finally, if you’re short on time then consider defrosting your sliced bananas in the microwave on the defrost setting – Just be sure to check on the bananas every minute.