Banana (Money) Tip #1: Buy them in bulk when they are extra ripe.
A lot of stores will have new shipments of bananas before they sell out of the older and riper bananas. They will put about a dozen in a white bag and sell it at a discounted rate. I’ve gotten about a bag of ripe bananas for between $1.00-$1.50 total. This a great deal because usually bananas go for about 20-25 cents per banana! That’s between 2 to 3 times the savings and you get more bananas for your dollar. Nothing makes me happier to get more bang for my buck. Additionally, bananas, like all fruit, get sweeter and softer when they are ripe. This is due to sugars breaking down to become simple sugars which give fruit their super sweet flavor.
The obvious concern is how to eat all of these bananas! Why buy them when they are extra ripe and will go bad in a few days? If I were a monkey, I would be fine with eating bananas 24/7, but alas, I am not. Here are a couple of ideas:
Banana (Food) Tip #2: Freeze them.
Place them in the freezer when they are super ripe. They will be readily available for any use. My favorite ways of enjoying my frozen bananas is to put them into smoothies or to eat them with greek yogurt. They add a great creamy texture, icy thickness, and great flavor. You’ll be hard pressed to find a bag of frozen bananas in the grocery store because they are so readily available fresh. Now, you can make your own, enjoy them at your leisure, and not worry about how to eat 24 bananas in the next 3 days.
Banana (Food) Tip #3: When life gives you bananas, make banana bread.
If you don’t want to freeze your bananas, and want to use them right away, you can always bake them into a lovely banana bread loaf/muffins. A slice of banana bread makes a great snack during the day or you can make a loaf for any of your friends. Most people will never deny a wonderful home-made-freshly-baked loaf of banana bread. Bananas are also great in other kitchen favorites like oatmeal, greek yogurt, peanut butter & honey sandwiches, or cereal.
So, the next time you go to the grocery store, keep an eye out for their bags of extra ripe bananas. It takes about a second to freeze them so that they are available to you whenever you need them. Stop monkeying around and enjoy 🙂