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Better than water chestnuts

I slept in this morning. Husband walked Hazel, and came back to the apartment carrying a big cardboard box containing 80 bananas. Someone had a pallet of them and was giving them away. They had been divided into the boxes of 80, you could not take less than 80.

They are lovely, fresh and yellow, and perfect in their bunches. But now I have to find a way to use 80 bananas before they go bad. Once they get soft I can freeze them of course, but now I have to think what to do with them.

Son opines that they are stolen! I cannot argue.  My mom once accidentally  bought a stolen in-ground swimming pool. You should never buy a swimming pool from a stranger who knocks at your door. (But you already knew that.)

The funny thing is, I can remember my mom shaking her head, years after my dad died, because we were still working our way through the canned water chestnuts he had bought that one time, (50 cans.) He had been so pleased with himself. I mean this is different, at least these are going to taste good.

So if you are in NYC and are feeling the need of bananas I have some to share. I can meet you on a street corner and give you 10 0r 15. And if you have any bright ideas that go beyond PBB sandwiches, and banana bread, and smoothies, let me know?

We are off to buy a chest freezer.


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Aug. 30th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
You could always share with neighbors or friends or even hand them out to panhandlers. Donate to a homeless shelter or food pantry?
Aug. 30th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
peel banana and separate into 3 long slices - that comes naturally to a banana, start at one tip, they split nicely (more fun than chips ;)

Dried Bananas

Edited at 2014-08-30 08:36 pm (UTC)
Aug. 30th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
chutney...banana, onion, currants canned/frech tomatoes, a little chili perhaps, vinegar and sugar...
Aug. 30th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
Whatever you do, don't try making beer with them.
Aug. 31st, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
have you tried that o_O

I think I've seen banana beer sold, but don't know if it was only flavored with banana, or actually made from them...
Aug. 31st, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Not personally but a containerload of bananas arrived with cooling unit faulty. So a friend's father who also does homebrewing got a whole load of ripe bananas for free which he used to make banana beer.

In principle, all you need to make alcohol is sugar & yeast: everything else is flavouring. There's a reason why banana beer hasn't taken over the world...
Aug. 30th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
Use them to catch a monkey! Although I'm not sure Hazel and the cats would get on with a monkey...

On the off chance there aren't oodles of easily caught stray monkeys in New York I think the suggestion of donating to a shelter is a fine one.
Aug. 31st, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
bananas are good!
Great source of potassium :)

make your own "icecream" by just putting them throught mixer and freezing the smashed bananas in portions.

They can also be grilled, and taste good heated - put a slice of banana on top of bread, and some cheese over the banana, heat in oven/ microwave until the cheese melts.

... and water chestnuts are good when mixed with other vegetables in a wok pan... just maybe not on their own x)
Sep. 1st, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I'd say "Do you really need any ideas beyond banana bread?", but 80 pounds of them would make a whole lot of bread...
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