I will confess that we eat a lot of fruit here at my house, I buy it every other week at Sam's Club. My bi-weekly trip includes 2 bunches of bananas, a 5lb bag of apples and 2 lbs of strawberries. I always have on hand the 4oz canned peaches and yogurt.
Sometimes the bananas get over ripe heading into the second week. Once a banana gets to ripe I say forget it. There is nothing worse that eating a mushy, mushy banana. But instead of just throwing away the bananas and good money, I might add, I have found a way of taking those over ripe bananas and using them. I am sure this is probably not news to you but then again maybe this is new to some of you. Here is what I do:
I take the bananas and peel them then I throw them into the freezer. Then when I get 4 bananas I make banana bread with them. Sometimes they don't even make it to the freezer I just peel them and whip up a batch. Four bananas will make two loaves of bread. We usually eat on one and then I throw the other into the freezer for later. Sometimes my hubby needs something to take to work for a party or something and he pulls the bread out and goes. I feel like I am a recycling and it always makes me feel good.
Side Note: If you throw the bananas in the freezer. After you take them out they will be dark and runny and nasty looking. They are fine just thaw them and dump them into the mixer. I promise they will taste fine.
If you leave the skin on and freeze your bananas they turn black, which is o.k. they still taste the same. I say to peel them first so that you don't have to get your hands gunked up peeling them.
I am a stay at home mom who is fed up with spending a large portion of income on grocery bills. It is my job, according to God, to be a good help mate for my husband. I am trying to live up to my job description. I am starting a journey into the grocery coupon world and invite you to come with me. I have never used coupons for grocery shopping and as of January 1st 2008 I am diving in. I will be using http://www.thegrocerygame/ , http://www.moneysavingmom.com and the http://www.couponmom.com/ website to guide me on how to save money. I am going to treat this adventure as a part time job and put in the hours necessary to make it work. I am excited and nervous to get started.