From my experience bananas seem to quickly lose its optimal taste, quickly degenerating after reaching its full ripeness. A few days after its peak ripeness, while it's edible, tastes not so good.
I've heard that the best way to preserve them is to cut them into pieces and put them in a zip lock bag and put them in the freezer. However my family is not 811 and uses the fridge and another dedicated freezer all for non-811 purposes.
So I feel like I need to buy my own freezer.
I've heard that smoothies don't preserve well when put in the fridge, turning brown quickly. Does that mean that it just loses attractive color, or does it rot quickly even when in the fridge, unless it be in the freezer?
One thing I am concerned about is that once it's frozen, it can be taken out and made into smoothie but how long would I have to wait until it's temperature becomes room temperature?
Also is there any problem with freezing smoothies instead of sliced bananas to save space?
How many bananas might this freezer hold (both in its sliced forms and blended form?) http://www.amazon.com/SPT-UF-214SS-Upright-Freezer-Stainless/dp/B00...
Keeping frozen bananas instead of the smoothies will keep ore nutrients intact, it's all about air exposure.
I would keep a smoothie in the frig for 24 hours at a time, it does not lose taste.
Find a freezer or frig used for good deals.
When you take frozen fruit out you can use a blender right away to make a smoothie with them. If you are concerned about using all frozen bananas and the drink being too cold to drink I might use warm water to make the smoothie.
Here is one double the space for $100: http://newyork.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=freezer&sort=rel
Thank you! About how much electricity might something like that use per month?
warm water is good idea. But I guess if it's too warm it might destroy the nutrients?
just do it as hot as you can take on your hand.
Don't use plastic bags to freeze the bananas. Too messy. Just peel them, and lay them into a plastic container with a lid. You can double and triple layer the bananas. Then take a knife and slice through them and in a few seconds they are all cut into manageable pieces that can be handled by a good blender. Stored like this, they don't take up much room in a freezer. Even a dorm room size freezer can handle a lot if you get the right plastic containers to fit well.
Do you mean blend them before storing them in the freezer?
Wouldn't plastic leech into the banana? Would glass be better?
Frozen banana I hate. Tried it this year and it was an absolute waste of good bananas. They went all soggy and brown when defrosted. Frozen my blender had a spak attack.
The only thing that works for me is to put mine in the fridge to slow down the ripening, in the crisper draw.
which blender did you use?
Yeah, don't defrost them. Put them directly in the blender. I will add a few fresh bananas if they are available as this will raise the temp. It takes a powerful blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtech to handle them frozen. I only freeze during the warmer months as it seems easier to manage ripening bananas during the colder months.
how is it easier during the colder months?