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    I've read that bananas can be mashed and frozen to use later in baking. Has anyone ever tried this?

    If I used it later to make banana bread, would it have the same taste/texture as if I had used fresh?

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    I usually just peel the bananas and stick in a ziploc bag in the freezer. They come out fine. My hubby's grandma wraps her bananas in aluminum foil unpeeled and then freezes. Haven't tried it that way yet though.

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    Do yourself a favor and peel them first. It's a BEAR getting those soggy skins off of mushy goop!

    Yes bananas freeze very well for smoothies or bread. It's the only way I can use them cuz invariably I never get around to using them when they are fresh :/
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    Same here. I peel them, break them in half, and put them in a plastic baggie in the freezer. I use them for smoothies, as well. Eliminates the need for ice!
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    Thanks everyone! I'm so happy that it will work. I have a bunch that I got on sale...and I just don't feel like eating them...or baking right now. So, after I'm done poking around this forum, I'll be freezing some

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    Glad to know this about bananas. I usually have a smoothie every day and I like to use 2 bananas. The next time that I see them reduced for quick sale, I'm going to stock up.

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    I have frozen them in the peel, but they are gross to get out of the peel when they are soggy. I will peel them first next time. Do they keep their color or do they turn brown after they are peeled and frozen?

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    They turn brown, but not a bad thing when baking.

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    I have sliced them (after peeling) and tossed them in a ziploc and into the freezer. They don't look the best but work great for baking, smoothies, etc....

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    when mine are beyond what the kids will eat I just toss them in the freezer whole (its when they come tumbling out and land on my foot that they get baked)

    microwave for a minute and they slide right out.

    I think right now I have 6-7 bananas ready to be baked.
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    I just chuck them in unpeeled and not bagged.
    When I want to cook with them I defrost them on the kitchen sink for a hour or two, break off the bottom and sqeeze the mushy banana out like toothpaste. Looks grose but makes no difference in a cake or muffins. No need to mash them this way either. lol

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    I freeze mine in the skins. When I need them I take them out and put them in hot water to thaw which doesn't take long. Then Icut off the end and squeeze the mushy banana out. I have a really simple recipe I got off of wwww.allrecipes.com for banana bread that I can make in the food processor and then I make mini muffins out of the batter. You don't need a mixer for it. Good think since mine died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becci View Post
    I just chuck them in unpeeled and not bagged.
    When I want to cook with them I defrost them on the kitchen sink for a hour or two, break off the bottom and sqeeze the mushy banana out like toothpaste. Looks grose but makes no difference in a cake or muffins. No need to mash them this way either. lol
    i do this too once defrosted i cut off the tops with a pair on scissors .. and squeeze

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    I heard this place sells a good frozen banana:


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