we collect black bananas. really.

We go through bananas pretty quick in this house, but occasionally, we find a few black, soft bananas on our little banana hanger. Before they start to grow hair and drip, we pop them in the freezer, skin and all. We collect bananas for a few months until we have enough to bake our favorite banana bread. Then they get ignored in the back of the freezer until I feel like baking. Let’s face it, by the time I feel like baking, I always have enough to make two…three…maybe four loaves of banana bread.

This is what the bananas look like when we pull them out of the freezer:

I just put them all in a bowl and fill it full of warm water to thaw:

Then, we tear one end off of each banana:

And squeeze like toothpaste:

Add the remaining ingredients and mix!

I smell banana bread!!!

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3 thoughts on “we collect black bananas. really.

  1. I take them out of the skins before freezing, thaw the bag and then just pour out–no muss, no fuss!! I have three in the freezer right now and am probably going to have two more given how brown-speckled my current ones are. And then we’ll be making banana bread too!! 😀

    1. Tina – hmmm. That’s interesting. Do you just add the bananas to the bag as you “collect” them? That would save on freezer storage space. Especially if I could smash and stack them flat. We often only freeze one or maybe two bananas at a time and I always figured they would crystallize during freezing because of all the moisture in the bananas, so I left the skin on to protect them. We’ve been doing this for so many years, I can’t remember where I learned about it. (by JSM)

  2. I have a whole freezer shelf full of black bananas, too. I buy bananas three at a time and my husband rarely eats the third one. If I buy two he eats them the same day. Never fails. So I buy them in threes and he eats them more slowly.

    The thing I hate most is peeling that thawed out banana. ugh. I do it out of the love for banana bread though 😉 I may have to try multiplemom’s advice.

    I don’t thaw mine in water though, I put all of the frozen bananas into a bowl or dish and just let them thaw for an hour or so and they’re ready to go.

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