Our family goes in “Banana spurts”. If I buy a few pounds sometimes they inhale them in one day and other times no one will touch one for a week and they start to turn brown. I used to make lots and lots of banana bread or muffins, but let’s be real, it can get old and I end up throwing out the banana bread too. If you know me I’m kind of a food preservation nut had to throw anything away, so here is what we do now, and it’snot just bananas!
On a cookie sheet, place wax paper. Chop up bananas into 1 and 2 inch pieces. Place on the cookie sheet careful not to put a cut side down on the wax paper. Put into the freezer until hard (about 3 hours).
Take the piece carefully off of the wax paper (no one wants a fruit snack with a side of wax paper), and place into freezer bags. Put the bags back into the freezer until ready to eat. The bananas will not stick to each other and you can pull them out one piece at a time to munch on, put into a smoothie, or as my girls like it to dip in chocolate or peanut butter.
Not Just Bananas
Another great way that I freeze fruit is doing something similar is with grapes. In fact the frozen grapes are a favorite quick snack in our house for everyone. I have been known to also do this with strawberries, mangoes, and pineapple.
I also feel that this is a lesson to my family about not wasting things. Sometimes I won’t even buy fresh fruit and when they go looking for it, I encourage them to use what is in the freezer. Snacking can be healthy and not wasteful! What have you tried? What works for you and your family?