Excess bananas

(50 Posts)
CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 22:28:42

Have half a dozen of the fuckers. They've gone spotty. No one here eats cake. What to do? Help. Please.

OwlCapone Sat 29-Mar-14 22:30:29

They're quite nice eaten frozen.

I freeze them to bake with later but if no one eats cake, that's no use.

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 22:31:11

Do they keep long, frozen? Thanks for the idea.

I freeze them and make cake for work.

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 22:34:55

That's kind of still cake grin

GeneralGrevious Sat 29-Mar-14 22:37:12

Freeze in little pieces then blitz with Greek yoghurt instant ice cream it's delicious

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 22:37:37

Ooh. That's a nice idea.

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 22:51:25

Is there anything else anyone knows I can do with them? Savoury recipes, maybe?

21mealspluscake Sat 29-Mar-14 23:09:25

Peel, wrap in bacon, grill till the bacon is crisp. Serve with roast chicken. My mother did this when I was a kid and it's still great now!

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 23:10:33

shock That sounds so wrong yet so incredibly tasty.

21mealspluscake Sat 29-Mar-14 23:22:02

They're fabulous - and it's only one banana and a grilled rasher...

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 23:27:46

Sodding DP. 9 times out of 10, he eats five bananas in two days. The one time I go, "Right, sod it! I don't care if my arms do fall off walking twenty minutes back from the shop carrying a dozen bananas; it's better than making another trip!" he goes on some kind of banana strike which is nothing to do with manfully disposing of an entire birthday cake over the course of a week, of course.

Bananas, quake in fear, for you will be dealt with most deliciously.

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 23:28:43

I hasten to add I do buy other things; I'm not making emergency banana runs.

legoplayingmumsunite Sat 29-Mar-14 23:34:39

Oh they look lovely. I know your problem, DD2 has phases of eating 2 bananas a day then will announce she doesn't like them (after I've bought the weekly 21 bananas) and then the rest of us can't eat them all before they go black. They can be frozen until you need them for baking but also banana icecream is delicious and very easy to make.

CorusKate Sat 29-Mar-14 23:38:17

My dad used to collar me and my brother, and say, "Eat this" while plonking extremely overripe bananas in our hands.

I've never been able to face bananas as an adult once they're beyond the yellow with brown spots stage.

JamNan Sun 30-Mar-14 11:32:32

Do you like curry or savoury things? This is bloody lovely with cheese or a curry:
CURRIED BANANA CHUTNEY

28 oz sliced bananas
2 finely chopped green bell peppers
2 finely chopped onions
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
8 oz golden raisins
2 teaspoons salt
1 pinch of pepper
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon thyme
1 pinch of ground cloves
1.3 pints white vinegar
2 cups sugar

Mix all the ingredients on a saucepan and simmer for 1 hour. Stir constantly to prevent burning.
Bottle boiling hot in sterilized sealed jars. Cool off.
Remove lids and cover with waxpaper. Screw the lids back on again.
Store in a dark cool place. Enjoy.

woodmouse2 Sun 30-Mar-14 11:45:45

"Peel, wrap in bacon, grill till the bacon is crisp. Serve with roast chicken. My mother did this when I was a kid and it's still great now!"

This reminds me of Chicken Maryland which my aunt made when I was a child - delicious!! I think she fried the bananas. Google for variations on the recipe smile

JuliaScurr Sun 30-Mar-14 11:57:56

yes - Maryland Chicken
I remember my aunt eating it in a restaurant when I was about 8 in 1732 I was astonished it was so exotic

DulcetMoans Sun 30-Mar-14 12:05:56

I had the same problem! I wanted bananas that were a bit battered to make a cake. They were 3 for £1 on the market but the guy saw me as an opportunity to get rid of his old ones so have me 11 for 50p! Lovely and all but what to do 11 bloody battered bananas!

I made banana and walnut cake and some banana bread but still have 3 left. Doesn't sound like cake/bread is for you though... Smoothies?!

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 12:34:31

Oh now we do eat a fair bit of chutney. Well, I guess today is d(ecision)-day. I'll let you all know what happened to the bananas, as I'm sure everyone who posted is on tenterhooks waiting to find out what dispatch method I select smile

capsium Sun 30-Mar-14 12:36:34

Good for fruit smoothies. Add raspberries for example and liquidise.

capsium Sun 30-Mar-14 12:37:30

Could slow oven bake to make dried banana slices to add to cereal.

capsium Sun 30-Mar-14 12:38:54

Liquidise with yoghurt and freeze in lolly moulds.

figgypuddings Sun 30-Mar-14 12:42:23

Over ripe bananas make amazing icecream. Put them all in a blender until they are smooth then add any bits you like. Chocolate chip is good, I added broken up peanut brittle, smashed up Oreos, etc.

Freeze them and attack it with a fork now and again.

CharlotteCollins Sun 30-Mar-14 19:33:03

When I lived in Africa for a while, bananas were the cheapest fruit. We often made "hot banana pud": fry chopped bananas in butter, brown sugar and a little orange juice, for about 5 minutes. Serve with plain yoghurt and chocolate sprinkles if you have them.

DCs and I love it, so I can use six or seven bananas to feed the five of us if I need to. Mind you, we love banana bread, so I never need to!

CMOTDibbler Sun 30-Mar-14 19:39:13

Chop into slices, and freeze. Then whizz in a food processor. Stir in some nutella. Its like icecream!

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 19:40:25

Lots of lovely ideas here - I'm beginning to consider buying some more bananas so I can try some of them grin

Think I'm going to freeze them in chunks as suggested by GeneralGrevious, as this keeps a couple of my options open. Thanks all!

CharlotteCollins Sun 30-Mar-14 19:41:54

I can't eat a raw banana any more, though, not since a blood test showed I had low potassium. The doctor phoned me when he got the results, on a Friday afternoon, in a bit of a panic as apparently it can be dangerous, and told me to eat 10 bananas by Saturday morning and then check myself into A&E. confused envy <-me after eating them

I was out at friends for dinner that night, too. I had absolutely no room for green Thai curry after 5 sodding bananas.

Sorry. As you were.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 19:44:45

That's entirely understandable, Charlotte.

I get a sore mouth if I eat them raw. Still do it, though.

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 20:27:58

Are muffins too cake like?

Banana, poppy seed, orange, ginger and chocolate muffins, they are intensely delicious.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 21:09:50

Yes, little cakes still count as cake, sadly grin

CharlotteCollins Sun 30-Mar-14 21:32:11

What about banana flapjacks? Are they cake?

Chop and freeze.
Add to blender with cocoa powder and milk.
Voila, amazing banana chocolate milkshake.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 22:03:46

Ah, a quandary. Are flapjacks cake? For my purposes, they're in the same disallowed category as cake. But an argument could certainly be made that they're not cake.

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 22:11:42

What is the problem with cake, I'm intrigued.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 22:43:48

So as not to torture the resident diabetic smile

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 22:47:13

But surely the banana is anti diabetic - it's full of sugar and has the same effect on the body as the pure white deadly kind? If I was diabetic I wouldn't go near bananas.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 22:51:17

Apparently they can have small amounts of banana, I think? But I guess it's easier to resist a frozen banana than a big luscious slice of banana cake.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 30-Mar-14 22:54:50

I always have thus problem (my ripe banana aversion is blamed on my second pregnancy) so I'm marking place to nick ideas.

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 23:00:18

From what I've read, a banana is not so etching I'd offer to a diabetic, in any form. But I know it's a controversial area....I believe diabetics should stay away from starch and sugar and that includes fruit but I know the NHS haven't got there yet. My dad is diabetic hence my interest.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 23:04:39

I just think it's a bit mean to parade cakes around when you're staying with a diabetic grin

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 23:07:56

What I mean is that normally my first thought would be "Banana bread!" but I was looking for other ideas.

Beamur Sun 30-Mar-14 23:11:21

Compost.
I hate over ripe bananas and any kind of food that features cooked banana. Even banana milkshake makes me gip.
Or what I do, which is give them to a colleague who has a different ripeness threshold to me.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 23:11:21

None of us really go for cake much anyway, so since threads about using bananas tend to involve a lot of cake suggestions, I just went ixnay on the akecay - and got some really interesting suggestions smile

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 23:17:19

I'd bin the bananas - if I didn't wish to tempt the diabetic - or I'd freeze them for eats at a time when they were elsewhere.
My mum continues to tempt my dad with sweet treats even though it is killing him, I've tried to suggest she doesn't but she doesn't see why she should avoid sugar and she says my dad always asks for whatever she has, you can't win. sad

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 23:27:47

That's unfortunate, Slack. I don't wish to turn the thread into a discussion of diabetes and self-control, but unsurprisingly, there are people about who can resist the temptation to eat a banana who will nevertheless crack when it comes to cake grin

Back to recipes - some of my bananas have been disposed of with yoghurt. For the rest, the freezer beckons.

CorusKate Sun 30-Mar-14 23:33:07

And I'm sorry about your dad's illness sad

Slackgardener Sun 30-Mar-14 23:51:36

Ahh thanks Kate It's a lifetime well lived he's 82 and he's still active - it's not a bad effort and I have to stop interfering. wink

CharlotteCollins Tue 01-Apr-14 22:00:25

I've just remembered a chicken and banana korma that I had many many years ago, one of the first times I ever ate out. I loved it. Never came across it in any restaurant since.

CorusKate Tue 01-Apr-14 22:57:58

That sounds lovely. I've eaten green banana and plantain in Caribbean curries before but never in an Indian one.

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