When I started using more meal replacement shakes in my diet last year, I was going through bananas like crazy. Even then, though, I’d find that occasionally I didn’t eat them fast enough and I’d lose a few to whatever that process is that turns them brown and mushy.
One day we were at the Farmer’s Market and they had a bin full of packages of triple-bunches of organic bananas for a buck. We were spending about $2 for a single bunch at the time, so this was a huge find. The only problem was that I knew that even one bag was too much to buy at once – these bananas were already fairly ripe, and I knew there was no way I was going to get 18 or so of them down before they went bad.
Still, I couldn’t pass up the deal, so I bought 5 bags (I figured the Universe provided, so I was obliged to accept the offer…sure enough, it gave me the solution as well). It was something like 90 bananas….
When we got home and I looked at the pile of bananas taking up half the counter space in the kitchen, I thought, well, it was only five bucks. But I hate wasting food, and it occurred to me that I could try freezing them. I’d never heard of anyone freezing bananas, but I got out some gallon-sized Ziploc Freezer Bags, peeled the bananas, broke them in half and filled up about 10 bags with banana halves.
The next morning I went to make a shake, and reached for one of the bananas I’d left in the fruit bowl. As I was breaking it off the bunch, I remembered all those frozen bananas I had to work to fit in the freezer. I opened up the freezer, pulled out a bag and looked inside.
They looked amazing! I couldn’t believe how well they froze! I pulled two halves out and threw them in the Vitamix with the other stuff for my shake, and it came out more frozen and shake-like than any shake I’d made before. The frozen banana completely makes the shake! Man, what a discovery – something so simple, so obvious – but so great!
This may seem like a simple thing, and a lot of story for such a simple thing, but if it took me until I was in my mid-40’s to figure this out, I’m sure a lot of you reading FUEL regularly will appreciate the suggestion. So, find those banana deals, freeze them up and enjoy those amazing, slushy protein shakes!