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Bake more without the wait: Tips for using frozen bananas

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Banana bread and cake lovers know there are times when you really want to bake but the bananas aren’t nearly ripe enough yet. What happens is the bananas sit on the counter another day or two before they are ready to bake with them.

Now when you’re in the mood to bake, slice into and eat some banana bread you can without the wait. All you have to do is place some ripe but firm bananas in the freezer, remember to leave the skins on the fruit.

Once the bananas freeze they will get a frosty white coating on them and the peel will get darker. The fruit can be kept in the freezer for up to six months so you’ll always have ripe and ready bananas on hand and won’t have to wait for them to darken and spot on the counter any longer.

When you are ready to bake and the mood and craving for banana bread hits you just take out the number of bananas needed for the recipe that morning and place them on the counter to thaw. It will take a few hours for them to thaw completely. As they thaw the white frost on them will disappear. Then when you open the peel but tearing off the top of the banana the fruit will slide out very easily into the mixing bowl and you’re all set to mix the batter and bake.

Bake banana bread from frozen bananas and enjoy your dessert within hours instead of waiting days for them to ripen!

© 2014 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Jackson Cooking Examiner / Beverly Mucha

Fun fats and banana trivia!

Did you know that some fruits float? Bananas do just like watermelons and apples. The scientific name for a banana is musa sapientum which translates to mean the fruit of the wise men. Bananas were once grown in California and Florida but today the only place they are commercially grown in the United States is Hawaii.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

Bananas are the fourth largest agricultural product sold in the world. It is estimated that more than 100 billion bananas are eaten each and every year. In fact, Americans are believed to consume 27 pounds of bananas each year, per person. More than half of the bananas consumed by Americans are eaten at breakfast time.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

Did you know that bananas don’t actually grow on trees? It is true. They grow on plants that are actually considered an herb. That makes them the largest herb plant in the world. Their leaves can grow up to 9 feet long spreading out as much as 2 feet wide; while the plant itself can rise up to 25 feet in the air and the roots of the plant can live for hundreds of years.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

The banana fruit is actually a berry and contains approximately 75 percent water. Bananas grow in clusters which are actually considered a hand while an individual banana is called a finger. A banana cluster can grow and hold anywhere from 10 to 20 fingers or single bananas in its hand.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

Bananas are very low in calories and don’t contain any fat, cholesterol or sodium. They do contain a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6. They are believed to help aid and lower risks of strokes, heart attacks and some cancers. Bananas can help alleviate depression since it is the only fruit that contains amino acid tryptophan.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

People who have allergies to latex should not eat bananas, for some reason these two items create the same reaction to those with latex allergies. Due to the high potassium content in a banana they actually are slightly radioactive. The radioactivity in a banana is extremely low and won’t harm anyone eating or handling bananas.

Fun fats and banana trivia!
Fun fats and banana trivia! Gabriela Fischer / Fun Meals 4 Kids / Facebook

Fun fats and banana trivia!

Bananas actually ripen faster when they are picked off the plant when they are still green. Using saran wrap to cover the banana stems will make them last longer, up to five days longer. Peeling a banana from the end instead of the stem will eliminate having to remove the strings that attach the fruit to the peel. Refrigerating a banana won’t make the fruit inside bad but it will turn the peel dark brown or black in color.

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