Help! What to do with way, way too many bananas?
- The Dairy Queen Feb 26, 2012 01:17 PM
OK, long story, but I just recently started a grocery delivery service and ordered 9 bunches of bananas instead of 9 bananas... Most of them are still pretty green.
What can I do with all of these bananas? Banana bread, of course, but I would'nt be able to do that for a couple of days until they ripen. What else?
Smoothies! When your bananas are ripe, peel them, cut into 1" rounds, then freeze them. When you're in the mood for a quick snack or breakfast, just pop some sliced frozen banana into the blender with yogurt, ice, and whatever other fruit you have. Presto: instant smoothie.
Most things banana related will have to wait until they are ripe- it's when they taste best and are sweetest.
Banana faux ice cream is really good.
I've eaten a really delicious banana curry (vegetarian), although I've never made it. It didn't taste sweet - possibly because (as in this recipe http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/599172) green bananas were used.
I really like frozen bananas and strawberries blended together and frozen as a light snack. The tastes seem to work together well for me. Another desserty thing is pisang goreng - fried banana fritters, or banana turon (a dessert from the Philippines, not Spanish turon!) which is bananas wrapped in spring roll skins or similar and deep fried.
Once they have ripened, you can put them in the refrigerator. The skin will turn dark but the ripening process will slow dramatically. After 2-3 days and you still haven't eaten them then freeze them. You can freeze them in the peel or cut them into chunks and put them in some zip lock bags to freeze.
You can use the frozen ones for banana bread or smoothies or what have you.
When I have too many bananas, I start handing them out to family members saying "I'm pushing bananas today!" I usually make sure anybody in the house has two for breakfast. After that, they can have eggs, cereal, toast, juice or whatever else but they will have 2 bananas.
Oh and good luck... That's like 50 bananas. My plan would be getting rid of 6 per day. Sounds like I would be freezing 3 - 4 bunches.