Monday, April 8, 2013

Save Aging Bananas

We tend to buy a bundle of bananas and eat a most of them, but it seems the last two or so will become very brown.  They have to be thrown away before we can eat them.  Our kids also seem to only eat half of a banana leaving the other half to go to waste.

In order to stop wasting food and money, we peel our bananas when they get too ripe.  Then we put them in a Ziplock bag and freeze them.  This works great with the half eaten banana from our kids.  Cut the bitten end off and freeze the rest.

After a few months, the freezer will have a few bananas in it.  This is enough to make some banana nut bread.  Of course, banana nut bread requires a bit of effort.  A simpler idea to use the bananas is in a smoothy. My wife and I found this recipe with a cleanse diet that involved a lot of bananas.  Take a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 to 1 1/2 frozen bananas.  Cinnamon or nut meg can be added for some extra spice.  Put the ingredients in a blender and puree them into a nice smoothy.  The whole recipe takes a few minutes to make.  The banana smoothy is very filling for a breakfast and can be taken on the go.

Bananas are simple to freeze because they are simply placed into a Ziplock bag.  Other fruits like raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries are also easy, but involve a place in the freezer for a cookie sheet.  We have a chest freezer where we can set cookie sheets on top of other items.  To freeze these fruits, wash the fruit and lay it out on a cookie sheet.  I put wax paper down so the fruit doesn't freeze to the cookie sheet.  Next, put the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 12 to 24 hours.  The fruit is frozen but not stuck to each other.  It is then placed in a bag and put back in the freezer.

The idea of freezing produce doesn't just apply to fruit that is going bad in the kitchen.  Stores and farmers markets throw deals on fruit that is very ripe or in season.  Buying food on sale and freezing it is very economical and a good way to feed a family healthy food.

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