How to Freeze A Banana

September 27, 2018

banana coins on a cookie sheet

When my father-in-law jokes about being old he says, “We don’t buy green bananas.”

I do buy green bananas and I often buy too many of them. Once they start to brown, I wait until they are almost mush and then I freeze them. Frozen banana slices can be used in a myriad of ways. Smoothies, banana bread, banana milkshakes and banana chocolate chip cookies are just a few ideas.

The first time I tried to freeze a banana, I thought I’d be smart and skip all that anal retentive peeling, slicing and parchment paper the blogs suggested. I just threw the whole banana, peel and all, in a Ziplock bag.

A few weeks later, I took the banana out of the freezer and discovered why people go to all the fuss. You can’t peel a frozen banana. The banana melds with the peel and the peel turns to a thread-like consistency that breaks apart in your hands. Alas, I guess there truly are no shortcuts in life.

Here’s how to do it right:

  1. Put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
  2. Place the coins of sliced banana in a single layer on the parchment paper.
  3. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer.
  4. Once frozen, transfer the banana to a ziplock bag.


Voila! The banana doesn’t really go bad, but you should probably throw it out after six months, just in case.

One response to “How to Freeze A Banana”

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