Originally Posted by luda007
A couple questions:
Could I just mash bananas instead of freezing them?
Could I use orange concentrate instead of oj?
Freezing will help break down the cell walls on a small level. It has been reported that it is not neccessary with bannana, though personally I am not sure. For ease of slicing, I would. Also many recipies I have seen use the skins of the bannana, just chop off the tops and the little bit at the end and discard those. Then just slice into 1/4 inch coins with the skin. Then put in your mesh bag and then into the boil. For the secondary, I would still do a boil and not put the bannana directly in but it could work either way.
The secondary, I would do a boil and then reduce the water some by taking the mesh bag of bannanas out and then boil for a bit longer, then just let the water cool, toss in some pectic enzyme and let sit for an hour and then rack onto it. That would be what I would do given what I have read on the internet.
Concentrate instead of juice: You can but check to make sure that it is organic and has no phophates or sorbates. Only Juice concentrate. From doing a Orange Vanilla with concentrate Expect it to settle the pulp out almost imediately. Also if you use concentrate it will be harder to just add a little. I still would go with the oranges or you may end up with more of a Orange Bannana rather than a Bannana with a bit of orange. A little zest will also help the flavor too. So in this circumstance one or two oranges with their zest would be ideal.