Sunday, 23 August 2015

Lots of Bananas


On the subject of saving money and prepping food, as I was talking about the other day, this is something I've recently started doing with bananas.  Instead of just buying a small bunch every week and using them up as quickly as I can so they don't go too brown, and I hate it when they do go all brown and speckly and then get overly sweet, and that window of opportunity to use them when they are at their best for me is so narrow.

Now I buy a couple of big bunches when I'm out shopping, leave them on the kitchen worktop until they reach that stage of perfection that I like and then cut them all into thirds, 


Then they are open frozen for a couple of hours in trays and then bagged up.

Once like this they can be added to my morning Nutriblast to thicken it up nicely and add a bit of sweetness and lots of goodness, or a handful of them can be whizzed up quickly in the Nutribullet or the food processor depending on how much I need and voila ... instant ice cream.  Totally delicious and if you are making ice cream you can add some vanilla paste or some chocolate chips depending on what you are fancying.

It's good having things prepped and ready to use, and things with multi-uses are even better.

Sue xx

17 comments:

  1. That's amazing, I never knew you could freeze bananas, thanks for the great tip.

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  2. I must try that. I usually buy a bag a week, 8 bananas, I will buy two bags next time and do this. Thanks for that.

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    1. So do I for my lunches at work. Lovely and green day 1, then horrible and yellow and black for the last two on day 4!

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  3. We all have different tastes, I do not touch a banana until it has speckles on the skin, once they go a step beyond that I peel, slice and freeze, mainly for banana cake. I do mash a handful up, beat an egg into it and make pancakes though.

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    1. I like the sound of the pancakes, I'll try this. Thanks :-)

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  4. I don't suppose you could do a blog post on stuff you can freeze and how you do it? I'm always a bit wary about just bunging stuff in the freezer in case I do it wrong.

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  5. i freeze bananas in their skin...defrost mash and add to banana bread works a treat
    tessa

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  6. I never knew bananas could be frozen. We usually only eat them whole or on cereal. Do you know how they come out after defrosting? I wonder if the consistency changes. I throw lots away when they go too ripe. It was always a joke when there were 5 of us at home as I was buying 35 bananas a week!!

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    1. I never defrost them, I use them straight from the freezer either whizzed into a Nutriblast or sometimes in a cake or muffin mix, or simply whipped up into banana ice cream to have for a quick and tasty dessert.

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  7. I also freeze the speckle ones for banana cakes. Always peel them before freezing as they are a pain to peel once defrosted. All squidgy.

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  8. Whole on holiday in America last week I had a banana frozen lolly. A French frozen banana dipped in a thin layer of chocolate. Low calorie and lovely.

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    1. I do this, only I call them Banana Choc Ices.

      Simply cut a banana in half and roll in chocolate, open freeze on some baking parchment and once frozen tip into a bag. You can use your favourite type of chocolate and also dip into chopped nuts or 'hundreds and thousands' while the chocolate is still wet. It adds an extra taste and texture to it, if you have a sweet tooth.

      I always do them in half banana size as they are surprisingly rich in taste and very filling, unlike 'normal' choc ices which leave you wanting more.

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  9. I have never thought of doing that its a great idea :-) thank you for the great tip will have to try it, dee :-)

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  10. You are such a great planner and thinker when it comes to food. Great idea!

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  11. The nature of the banana eater. I prefer them as green as I can get them!!!

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  12. I do this too when they are cheap, perfect for smoothies!

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