Over Ripe Bananas
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in later baking, no wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies).
- Don't throw out those overripe bananas. Peel and mash the bananas (speedy in the blender), stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice for each banana, and freeze the banana mixture in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Defrost the banana puree overnight in the refrigerator and use in breads, cakes, daiquiris and other drinks, puddings, etc.
- To reduce the amount of food discolorization, slice bananas with a Stainless Steel Steak Knife, then either combine them with any citrus fruit or sprinkle them with lemon or pineapple juice. Refrigerate as soon as possible.
Ripen Bananas Faster
Need to get those bananas ripe quicker? If a green banana is placed next to a ripe banana, it will ripen more quickly. OR... If you want to ripen bananas even more quickly, wrap them in a wet paper towel and place them into a brown paper sack.