Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600754


     Freeze  leftover  plantains that have turned brown  and
use  them for cakes and breads.   Whole plantains will  hold
their shape,  even when sliced, but will darken when frozen.
Freeze  the  fruit in the skin or peel it.   If  you  freeze
plantains  with  the peels on,  allow them to  thaw  fifteen
minutes before peeling.   Use a blender,  food processor  or
fork  to  mash the plantains if you freeze them as a  puree.
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to each cup of mashed fruit.
Dry pack.                                                   

     For  a special treat in summer,  cut ripe plantains  in
thirds,  roll  them in a mixture of carob powder and  orange
juice,  then in unsweetened coconut or chopped nuts.  Insert
a  Popsicle  stick   in  each  plantain,  tray-freeze,  then
transfer to  a  plastic  freezer bag.   Eat frozen.   Frozen
plantains  also  add  smooth,  thick  texture  to  ice cream
mixtures in the blender or food processor prior to freezing.

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