Plantains are a type of plant that is in the banana family. They have a slightly different shape and taste from bananas, which makes them more versatile than bananas.
Plantains are typically used to make traditional dishes because they can be cooked and fried like potatoes with other ingredients.
Like other fruits, plantains will eventually start to go bad. Would freezing be an option for storage to keep them fresh longer?
Yes, you can freeze plantains. You can either freeze them whole or mashed. Store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Properly stored, plantains will last for up to 6 months in the freezer.
Does Plantains Freeze Well?
Yes, plantains freeze well. They are great food to store in the freezer and use as a snack when you need them. But unlike other foods, they are best served raw, straight from the freezer.
Make sure there is no moisture on the plantains when you freeze them. If they are too wet they would not freeze well and likely will get freezer burn.
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When it comes to freezing plantains, you can either freeze them whole or mashed. This will depend on what you will use them for when it thaws.
For freezing whole plantains, all you need to do is peel the skin off and slice it. Then place them into an airtight container or freezer bag. Seal the container or bag, label it with the date of freezing, and place it into the freezer.
For freezing mashed plantains, the process is even simpler. After it’s mashed, transfer the content to an airtight container. Secure the lid to the container, label it, and place it into the freezer for storage.
How Long Can You Freeze Plantains?
When it comes to plantains, they will last for up to 6 months in the freezer. After that time, the quality of the fruit will start to diminish. The longer it’s stored, the more the texture and flavor will change.
However, beyond that time, plantains will still be safe to eat and for cooking. The only thing you might not enjoy is the taste and texture of it.
How Do You Defrost Plantains?
Plantains are typically eaten when they’ve been frozen. If you want to thaw them first, you can thaw the plantain by placing it in a bowl of warm water or using the microwave.
For thawing in warm water, place the plantains in a plastic bag and let them sit in the water for about 10 minutes. Change the water every 3 minutes to help it thaw quickly.
Another option for thawing plantains is to use the microwave. Place them on a microwave-safe plate that has been covered with paper towels.
Then microwave for two minutes on high power then remove from the microwave and place back on paper towels to dry; repeat until the plantains are defrosted.
Can You Refreeze Plantains?
Due to the soft texture, I don’t recommend that you refreeze plantains. Freezing the fruit more than once will cause it to become soggy and most importantly of all, lose its flavorings.
Therefore, after thawing plantains, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge. You have a day or so to use it before it has to be discarded.
Other Questions about Plantains
Can you freeze boiled plantains?
Yes, you can freeze boiled plantains. Make sure to let the fruit sit at room temperature until it cools down. Once it does, transfer the plantains to a freezer bag. Then press on the bag to remove any excess air before sealing. Lastly, place them into the freezer.
Can you freeze fried plantains?
Yes, you can freeze fried plantains. After it’s fried, let it cool to room temperature. With a paper towel, wipe off any excess oil from the plantains. Then place them into an airtight container or freezer bag. Label it and store it in the freezer.