This Simple Hack for Freezing Bananas Will Help You Cut Down on Waste & Boost Your Freezer Space
When left sitting on the counter, bananas can quickly go bad. It happens to the best of us. Lucky for us, bananas can easily be frozen and saved for later use (we even have this guide on the best way to freeze bananas to get you started). Say hello to banana bread and smoothies galore!
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Unfortunately, freezing bananas in individual plastic bags can lead to a lot of plastic waste over time. Bananas out of their peel can also easily get stuck together, making it hard to dig out just one. Overall, no good. But there is a way to freeze your bananas that's easy and cuts out single-use plastics. Enter this easy hack from gut health blogger, Bethany Ugarte:
Simply leave any banana you wish to freeze whole and in its peel and toss it in the freezer. You can leave bananas frozen for up to three months. Once you are ready to use them, run the peel of the banana under warm water for 10 seconds, and slice the peel down the side. The bananas will still be frozen, but the peels will be easily removed. Bonus points if you compost your banana peels after peeling. This trick works best for when you want whole bananas, like when you need to mash them to make banana bread. If you are making a recipe that requires sliced frozen bananas, like our Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites, you are better off slicing the bananas before freezing and storing them in a bag.
This simple, waste-free hack will help you enjoy frozen bananas all year long without having to rely on single-use plastics. For more tips and tricks, check out our Healthy Cooking How-To's.