Monday, February 10, 2014
I thought about not writing about this one because I just posted a banana treat but it hit me that many others are probably in this same situation. There was a sale on bananas. Actually, I got a couple free with a coupon from my local grocery store. I couldn't pass up free so I decided to grab a few. I'm not a huge fan or bananas. I'm mean, I like them but don't go crazy over them. I mostly like them in Frosted Flakes cereal because that's how we always had them as a kid but I rarely buy Frosted Flakes anymore because of all of the sugar. Anyway, I used one for the caramelized bananas recipe I just posted and then let the other two sit on the counter for a couple of days. I'd heard that you can put bananas in the freezer and they do well so I thought I'd try it. I grabbed a package of instant vanilla pudding from the store. On the morning that I wanted to make the pudding, I put the banana in the fridge to thaw gently. It didn't take long. I tested it about an hour or so after moving from the freezer to the fridge and it was getting soft. I mixed up the pudding, sliced the banana which looked great, just like a regular banana (not black like I was expecting) but it was super soft. That made it perfect for the pudding. I didn't want to buy banana pudding because I thought that would be too banana-ee and taste more like banana flavoring than real banana which I truly hate. Banana flavoring is not pleasing to me. Once the pudding was starting to set, I mixed in the banana that I'd just peeled and sliced. It froze my fingers a bit but the result was worth it. I still had some whipped cream in my canister so after dinner, I topped off my pudding with a squirt and it was divine! So, yes, you can freeze a banana but only do it if you don't want perfect slices. Use it to mix into something else.