Freezing bananas -- do you freeze them peeled or unpeeled?

Gonna try pureeing frozen bananas tonight.

  • Posted by: Peter
  • August 20, 2011


HomegrownTravels August 22, 2011
I freeze them with the peel on for smoothies and just cut them in half and peel this way while they're frozen when I'm ready to use. If you have difficulty, you can always just use the knife to help you peel of the skin!
mrslarkin August 20, 2011
If you're going to freeze them for a puree to eat like a sort-of sorbet, then I'd peel them before freezing.

If you're going to freeze them for a puree to use for banana bread, then do what Jestei does. or you can just leave them on the counter for a while to defrost.

Sadassa_Ulna August 20, 2011
I've never heard of/tried the microwave trick. It sounds great if you have a microwave. I have found it difficult to remove peel after freezing, so I take the skin off and pop in a baggie before stashing in fridge.
sdebrango August 20, 2011
I used to freeze with peel but had trouble peeling so started freezing unpeeled and as Jenny said nuking them,
boulangere August 20, 2011
I freeze with the skin on because I'm planning to make banana bread, for example. But if you're going to puree them frozen, I'm wondering if you might have trouble peeling them. Seriously, it's bananas, let's not overthink this. I vote for unpeeled.
Jestei August 20, 2011
I freeze bananas unpeeled then nuke them if i want them defrosted right away; they become this very concentrated puree.
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