One again, this is something that works for me and I can't remember where I picked up this idea ... may have been Martha Stewart many years ago when I read her magazine. (I like to give credit where it is due). :-) When I have bananas and we haven't eaten them fast enough, I like to freeze them for banana bread. But I would get totally frustrated when I was ready to make bread and, upon pulling my bananas out of the freezer ... having thrown them in there still in their peel ... I would find them totally frozen! Imagine that! So then, I would have to wait for them to thaw so that I could mash them up and that took forever it seemed like.
So, now my system is ... instead of throwing the whole banana in the freezer (in the peel), when it gets all mushy and stuff I peel it and put it in a ziploc bag. Then, I zip the bag shut and mash it up when it's already all squishy. I then freeze it already mashed. It thaws a LOT faster and the messy mashing part is already done in the bag - my hands even stay clean! If I have several bananas, I freeze them in batches of 4 bananas because that is exactly what my recipe calls for. Even easier to just pull out a bag and set it on the counter for a bit and then fold it into the recipe. It works for me. :-)