Go Bananas!

Freeze-dried bananas are delicious by themselves, but can also make wonderful additions to oatmeal, granola, or ice cream. Add bananas to a smoothie or turn them into a powder to naturally flavor yogurt, frosting, muffin batter, and pancake mix.

Since bananas have a short shelf life, it can be hard to use them before they over-ripen. However, with a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer, you can salvage your bananas before they turn black and get tossed in the trash.

Bananas are high in fiber and potassium and are a healthy source of carbohydrates. Studies also suggest that bananas can help lower blood pressure, may reduce asthma in children, and are a good source of vitamin C, which helps fight free radicals that cause cancer.

Take advantage of sales at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Stock up on bananas (or any fruit or vegetable) while in season and offered at discounted prices. With a freeze dryer, you are able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables all year long.

sliced bananas on a tray

Freeze drying bananas is simple. Just peel and slice bananas, place them on trays, and freeze dry as normal. Put them in Mylar bags or jars with an oxygen absorber for long-term storage. Or you can keep them in an airtight container (without an oxygen absorber) and they will still last a couple months – if they don’t get eaten before then. Freeze-dried bananas make a yummy snack for small (or even big) hands looking for a sweet treat. Try sprinkling cinnamon on them before freeze drying for a new twist.


It was told that the peel of bananas was much more rich in minerals, especially in magnesium as the fruit. So, try the peel to dry and the final result to mill. Absolutely useful and useable source of minerals. I propose the sliced bananas “treat” with vanilla. It enhance the aroma of dried banana.

Our local Kroger store often has brown-ish bananas real cheap, and we buy a bunch to FD. In addition to the uses mentioned, the dried slices make super dog treats, and take a minute or two for them to chew!

Okay, my friend said I had to soak them in Lemon juice after I put 5 trays in and started the process. I hope she is wrong. I just read this article and it says nothing about lemon juice. Maybe she is getting dehydrating mixed up with freeze drying?
I did put them in the freezer after I sliced them for about three hours first. Help!

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