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Defrosting frozen bananas... weird question


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i had about 5 bananas that were going yucky so i froze them in a freezer safe container to make banana bread with later. They have only been in there about 3 or 4 weeks.  I got them out to defrost them last night and as they have defrosted they have released a load of watery liquid and they smell a bit funky.  Are they still safe to bake with? Should i add the banana liquid as well as the bananas to the recipe? 

Has anyone had the same thing happen when defrosting bananas?

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I don't know about the funky smell, but the liquid is normal. I usually only use the banana part though, because the liquid can water down the recipe. Could the smell just be cooked banana?

I've used frozen/thawed bananas often to make banana breads.  The bananas do look pretty disgusting once they thaw, they are super watery too.  I generally drain some of the water and, to compensate for the loss I use one more banana than the recipe calls for.  If you don't want to add extra calories you can skip adding the extra... I do it both ways... depending how well that I am doing on my diet that day!  :)  'happy baking

It's totally normal - don't worry about - just drain the liquid.  I love buying bananas in bulk and freezing some when they get to the edge...  It's very convenient

thanks for the answers!  This was my first time thawing out frozen bananas (i usually just bake with them instead of freeze them but really couldnt be bothered this time!)

Good to know the liquid is normal. I thought maybe i had let them get too icky before i froze them! :-D

Well, this is all news to me, and yes, I will be trying this in the near future..

And, will then probably try making the banana bread with the normal liquid.

I have been making banana bread with frozen/defrosted bananas for about 30 years and always use the liquid. Turns out fine.

I don't know what to tell you this time, but next time, freeze them right in their skins and put them into a freezer bag.  Then peel them while frozen, thaw and mash.  They retain their texture better that way.  They also keep their pretty banana color.

I always freeze bananas in plastic baggies and just dump everything in my mixing bowl, liquid and all.  If they were ok when you froze them, they will be fine 3 or 4 weeks later as long as they weren't thawed and refrozen.  I've frozen bananas for over a year before using them in recipes so you should be fine.

Original Post by clairelaine:

I don't know what to tell you this time, but next time, freeze them right in their skins and put them into a freezer bag. Then peel them while frozen, thaw and mash. They retain their texture better that way. They also keep their pretty banana color.

i thought they were really hard to peel if you froze them with the peel on? 

I have never thought to freeze bananas. I always just toss them. Thanks ladies, I'll be freezing from now on!!

I freeze them with the peels on. Then when I take them out I place them in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes and peel them (that way the peel is thawed but the banana is still frozen, so it's easy to peel)

 

 

Original Post by lilad:

I freeze them with the peels on. Then when I take them out I place them in a cup of warm water for about 5 minutes and peel them (that way the peel is thawed but the banana is still frozen, so it's easy to peel)

That's a fantastic idea!

I usually peel them first and then put them in a freezer bag. I do this pretty much as soon as I bring the bananas home because they go bad so quickly. It has worked out well so far.

The smell just might be from in your freezer.  I have had it where anything in a cardboard box will have a smell to it.  In fact, ready about the subject of your question made me pull out my bananas from the freezer.  I had never frozen bananas before, and I had only put them in a plastic grocery bag and tied it shut.  I smelled the "freezer smell" when I took out this bag of bananas.  I have a clean freezer; I think the "funky freezer smell" can happen to anyone.  I am trying, though, to put all packages inside a ziploc freezer bag, and maybe that will help prevent that smell from transferring to other items.  Happy baking!

I usually peel and freeze them in a plastic baggie.  Then when I thaw them I squeeze the bag to squish the banana.  Most of the liquid mixes back into the banana when I do it this way.

Original Post by knowan:

I usually peel and freeze them in a plastic baggie.  Then when I thaw them I squeeze the bag to squish the banana.  Most of the liquid mixes back into the banana when I do it this way.

Freezing extra bananas was originally brought to my attention in a banana bread recipe. It suggested mashing the bananas and adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup to keep them from turning brown. Then putting into a freezer bag and into the freezer.  They didn't mention WHAT to do with them next time you make banana bread.  I just thawed the baggie and it Does look pretty runny!!  Made me run to the computer to search for answers....glad I did.  Thanks

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