Although most of what we eat comes from bulk foods, we also shop at a wonderful local Mennonite store. This great store often has free bananas! These are the bananas that are so old nobody is likely to buy them. I love that they mark them as free rather than throwing them out. I also LOVE free stuff so I always pick them up when I see them.
|In addition to scoring these free bananas I also bought this GIANT can of applesauce!|
What do I do with a bunch of black bananas? I freeze them and use them to cook with. Sometimes I make some banana bread with them but more often I use the banana as an egg substitute in baking. You might remember me talking about how I like to substitute fruit in baked goods and then half the sugar and the oil. One egg = 1/2 banana (or 1/4 cup applesauce or other pureed fruit). Since most recipes call for two eggs, I just keep the banana whole and pull it out when I need it (with a little extra time to thaw of course).
|I put wax paper between the layers of bananas so I can easily get only one out at a time.|
|She cuts it up with a butter knife|
|puts toothpicks in each piece and then puts them in the freezer|
Does anyone else like to pick up free or reduced priced produce? Or do you too buy giant-sized cans of food (like my applesauce) and then freeze them into portion sizes?