frozen These bananas certainly look frozen to me, but even the below freezing temperatures on top of Volcan Baru wouldn’t freeze Panamanian bananas. No, these were frozen in my freezer overnight and they are hard as bricks.frozed2

Now the problem is how to peel them. I stuck the bananas in the freezer, peel and all, I didn’t want to take the time and trouble to peel them and bag them.  Besides, why use bags when bananas come with peels, nature’s perfect packaging?

When I’m ready to use bananas, I take them out of the freezer and let them frost up for a couple minutes.  In the meantime, I get out my favorite big knife and cut off the tips. I cut off enough so I can see the banana-colored flesh. It’s not sickly brown or mushy like it would be if I had peeled it before freezing.frozed3

Then, holding a half in my left hand (right hand if you’re left-handed), I split it slowly lengthwise into 2 pieces.  These pictures show David actually peeling our banana.  Look at that color, just like a real banana and just as firm as if it hadn’t been frozen.frozen4

Now, holding a piece in my left hand and beginning at the top, I ease my thumb between the peel and the flesh and slowly move my thumb down the banana.  It’s easy to do if you do it smoothly.  The inside releases itself and comes out all in one piece, ready to use in your favorite cakes, pies or frozen drinks.frozen5

Did you see my recipe for Banana Daiquiris I posted last week?  Carrie and Jonathan came over to try a Banana Daiquri made with my frozen bananas.  Everyone loved them, the second daiquiri was even better than the first!