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Ideas for a Boxful of Bananas
July 24, 2010
12:25 pm
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Martha Legg
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I"ve got a box of bananas,looking for something to do with them besides banana bread and muffins. Can anyone give me some ideas? Also thought about dehydrating them for chips ,but can you do that with overripe bananas? I'm looking for blueberry recipes too.I plan on going picking soon and would like different things to do with them besides freezing.ladybug

July 24, 2010
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I freeze them for use in bread and muffins.  Peal them and put them in ziplock baggies, in approximate quantities for my favorite recipes, and toss them into the freezer for use later on.  Make sure you date them of course so you use the oldest ones first!

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July 24, 2010
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I just had this same problem, 60 pounds of bananas.  I made them into lots of yummies but the idea that I thought was most brilliant was to peel them, cut them into pieces and then freeze them on a jelly roll pan and then put them in bags.  The pieces stay separate for baking, smoothies (my favorite) and all other types of goodies.  I always freeze bananas but then I would try to peel them and slice while frozen for smoothies.  This has been my favorite trick, just grab a few hunks and throw in the blender

July 24, 2010
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Oops, hit reply before i was done.  I also mashed up a bunch and mixed them with other fruit juices to make fruit leather for my kids.  I added a squirt of lemon juice to keep them from turning a nasty brown.  The kids loved them.  I did applesauce/banana, banana/red raspberry, banana/black raspberry, banana/peach and then banana/mixed fruit.  Pretty tasty.

July 24, 2010
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Runningtrails - Sheryl
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Sounds delicious!!

 

Strawberry banana jam

Fresh banana cake

Banana pudding with lady fingers and merangue

Sliced in banana pudding in a tall dessert glass, layered with chocolate ice cream and cherry bavarian jello topped with whipped cream.

I freeze extra.

 

I like the slice and freeze on a pan idea. They'd make great snacks just like that, frozen.

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July 24, 2010
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You know, I just typed 'bananas' into the ingredients section on Farm Bell and got quite a few interesting ideas!  I think the Frozen Fruit Salad recipe by Karo sounds really good if you have time to mix up several batches of them to keep on hand for these hot summer days!  

One thing to remember, you also get recipes that have banana PEPPERS in them too!  I was really wondering why Suzanne put bananas in her pepperoni rolls, and Dede used them in her Salsa for a few seconds till I realized what it must be!   laugh

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July 25, 2010
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Martha Legg
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Thanks, your ideas are really helpful. Like both the slice and freeze and fruit leather.My grandkids would clean me out of these ! Now bring on the blueberry recipeschef

July 29, 2010
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Banana Saver
If you have ripe bananas for banana bread, but don’t have time to make it right away, here’s a handy tip. Peel the bananas, place in a FoodSaver® Bag, then vacuum package. You can keep them in the refrigerator for several days (even weeks) and they don’t discolor – they’re perfect for making the bread when you need them.

I just copied this from the FoodSaver site......maybe it's helpful.

July 30, 2010
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To freeze banannas I just put them in the freezer, unpeeled and not in a bag.  I just take out how many I need for bread or muffins, let them sit for a few minutes and they are ready to use.  This would not be a good idea for long term storage though.

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July 30, 2010
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I do the same thing, Jeannie, except that for long term storage just throw them in a bag...

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