Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knock-knock Who's there? Banana. Banana who?

Bananas are a wonderful fruit filled with potassium.  The best way to absorb it is with a glass of milk. 

Milk and bananas are my 3 year old's favorite foods.  But if you have a banana addiction like my little Gremlin does, you may find it difficult to wait for the bananas to ripen. 

Putting your green bananas in a paper bag helps them ripen faster and hide them from the banana-addict in your home.  This works for me!

Did you also know that you can freeze bananas?  When the bananas go on sale for 25¢ a pound buy as many as your freezer will hold. 

They are great for milkshakes, banana bread, and banana muffins.

If you're using them in a recipe for bread or muffins, you can even freeze them in the peel.  The peel will turn black, but the banana inside will be fine.  Warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds and cut or open the end and squeeze it into a bowl like a tube of toothpaste.

If you're using frozen bananas for milkshakes, it's easiest if you break apart the bananas in small sections about 1 to 1 1/2 inches.  Freeze in a freezer container or ziploc bag.  Label, date, and freeze.  When it's milkshake time you can have a richer milkshake without adding ice by using your frozen bananas.

Also bananas fix your problem.  If you're um... stopped up, they unstop you.  And if you are a bit too um... free-flowin', they help reverse that too.  So, pick a bunch of bananas today to take home!

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Jackie said...

It's also great way to preserve those bananas that are too mushy to eat, but you don't want make banana bread just yet. I freeze those all the time.

Great tip!

Kara said...

Agreeing with Jackie. I freeze my bananas when they start getting past the point where the kids will eat them to use for baking later! I LOVE freezing them in the handy and NOT time consuming!

Jenifer said...

If you all are banana lovers, you MUST google banana cream. Using only frozen bananas and a food processor, you come up with a delightful soft serve like "ice cream" with only one ingredient.

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Awesome tip! I do the same thing! :D I makes it so much easier than taking them out and putting in a bag. :D

Lisa said...

I love eating bananas with a few slices of cheese. Weird, perhaps. But straight bananas are a bit too sweet for me... or maybe it's the texture... I don't know exactly. But I really like the way the sweetness counters with the saltiness of the cheese. mmmm. I think I will go have some right now.

Nikki said...

Jenifer- I have done that along time ago and it was great! I totally forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Lisa- I'm going to have to try the bananas and cheese combo. Have you ever tried apples and cheese? That's good too. :)

Noelle said...

Whole wheat banana bread??? Sounds delish! Can't wait for the recipe!

Thanks too for your kind comment on my post today! :)


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