Monday, May 30, 2011

Freezing Berries and Bananas

Freezing Berries and Bananas

We use a ton of bananas in our house.  I bet we go through two bunches a week.  I try to head to town just once a week and that means buying ahead on bananas and hoping they don't ripen too fast or that all they have are the greenest bananas you've ever seen.  Sometimes if I am lucky the stores have bagged bananas at a lower price, like $1.99/bag or the the other store has them for 39 cents/lb which is about 20 cents cheaper than regular price right now.  Bags are about 8-9 lbs.  They may look speckly but so far they are all still very firm. 

I take the peel off and hunk them.  Place them upright on a freezer paper lined jelly roll pan and put them in the freezer. When they are thoroughly frozen, at least all day or I wait until the next day, I put them in a freezer ziploc bag for use.  I tried the first time to see if they would turn brown and they didn't so I have frozen some several times since. We use them in smoothies, and protein shakes.  No need for ice (filler) or worrying about the bananas getting too soft or if the store only has green bananas.

I also freeze strawberries on sale (or hopefully soon from our own patch) and the wild black raspberries we have in our backyard.


Last year I bought a flat of cherries and blueberries and did the same.  I used my vacuum seal bags to keep them crystal free in the freezer. 

Try it and save some money!

4 comments:

  1. i can get bananas at the local grocer for 99 cents a bag this is a great idea i can make the grankids banana milkshakes ty

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    1. Absolutely! No need to use ice cubes! Also you can make banana ice cream out them.

      http://www.inthekitchenwithjenny.com/2011/07/banana-ice-cream.html

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  2. Thank you for your post, Jenny. Can I wash the strawberries before I freeze them? If so, must I dry them well before freezing them?

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    1. Yes, wash them and then let them drain. Sometimes I pat them with paper towel. The water isn't going to hurt anything.

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