Nestled in the back corner of the largest town around that hosts a good shopping selection is a store that sells large quantity items mostly for businesses but that can also be purchased by the general public without needing a membership. This store has become my newest love, and a large help when I’m stocking the pantry for winter. One of the things you can buy there are bananas by the case.
It seems that we are always focused on winter here in the great white north. Either you’re trying to survive it, or you’re trying to get ready for it. Finally with summer here (and almost gone again) Hubby and I are in the race to get fire wood delivered, cut, split, and stacked, get hay and straw delivered (and put into the hay shed that has yet to exist), the freezer stocked, and the pantry lined with canned goods to hold us over for the long months ahead.
I like having a good assortment of fruit on hand for baking or smoothies and bananas are no exception. So when my sister suggested splitting a case of bananas I was not about to say no.
Usually when I freeze bananas I just throw them into the freezer peel and all, then when I need one I either freeze my hands trying to peel them, or I wait for them to thaw and then attempt to peel a mushy banana. I decided that I was not doing either this year. There had to be a better way!
And there is.
To freeze them I made sure they were at my favourite amount of ripe (which took no time in this heat), peeled them, and laid them out on a cookie sheet and stuck them in the freezer for about an hour to make sure they were good and frozen. Then moved them into freezer bags for storage.
That’s all there is to it!
Now when I need a banana for muffins, banana bread, or just to mix with peanut butter and smooth onto a fresh slice of bread they are there waiting all ready to go. Also it’s about a million degrees outside right now so a frozen banana is a pretty tasty treat too.
Simplicity at it’s finest. Enjoy!