This post has gone bananas

[content notes: food waste, food rescue, recipes, too many banana songs and references to gorillas]

About a week ago we acquired 80 lbs of bananas. An entire shipment of banana arrived at the store “too ripe”. Optimally, stores want the naners more on the green side. This particular grocery store is one that does the responsible thing and works with food donation organizations that use food “waste” to feed people but this time… toooooooooooooo many bananas.

[Digression: These happens everywhere in America,every day, with a lot more than bananas. When people actually argue against feeding poor people and policing their food choices, I’m like…guys… there is more than enough food for everyone,ok? Good food. Food people can eat. This feeding of people does not have to be this complicated]

So, 80 lbs came into our house on Friday. On Saturday, 40 more lbs joined them.

And now I’m starting to see Grodd’s point of view a little clearer.


I am not really at the banana hating point but it may be awhile until I have a craving for a banana-anything. Also, hard to hate free food.

So, here’s what I did with 120 lbs of bananas:

  • Gave them to friends and people I don’t even really know
  • Sent some with my daughter to take back to college after break
  • Made banana pancakes (had that Jack Johnson song stuck in my head the rest of the day)
  • Made banana chips  (I definitely did not use fresh squeezed lemon juice like the recipe calls for)
  • Made banana muffins & bread while ,totally unplanned, my 5 yr old watched a Richard Scarry’s Busytown dvd with many episodes centered around Bananas Gorilla
  • Froze equivalent to a small boatload of bananas while singing “The Banana Boat Song”. One entire shelf in our upright freezer ($30 at a yard sale many years ago. One of my best buys ever) is just bananas in freezer bags. These will come in handy for quite some time for baking and smoothies. I also read yesterday that bananas are on the brink of extinction, so maybe I should hang on to some for the Bananapocalypse. They could be bartering gold!
  • Kept some out to ripen to make MORE bread & muffins. When my one daughter was little, I used to make her these banana-carrot muffins all the time. I think we’ll venture into those and maybe some banana-peanut butter muffins, even though my boys cant take them to school for snack (Peanut Free classrooms)
  • Stashed a bunch in the pantry to get truly black for Rotten Banana Pie. Should be able to make that for the holllerdays.

 

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My smallest guy practiced writing skills while labelling the freezer bags when he wasn’t peeling  piles of bananas

 

Obviously we had a lot of banana peels to contend with afterward. When we moved in here, I decided my easiest way to set up garden space would be to build a lasagna garden using our empty moving boxes as the base. We don’t have snow on the ground yet so I’m still able to add layers. Instead of composting all the peels in our regular compost, I just added them to the garden to bake.

Special thank to PAF reader Rose who saw me mention on Facebook that I don’t have a blender and offered to send me her old one. Yay, we can have Banana Ice Cream now,too!

 

 

Freegan Score: Oh,look…MORE zucchini. But rest assured…it will not be wasted.

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I have now made ALL the zucchini things one can make,so this big guy is going in to the freezer.

 

But look at these itty-bitty corn cob rejects! I take in all rejects here, especially the food kind. You’ll these a lot in food rescues this time of year. Some cobs aren’t full ears, so they don’t meet market “standards” and then ends up as food waste.
Speaking of…reading today that wasted food adds the equivalent of more than 3.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere . Some of  that food waste is leftovers (especially in the restaurant world) but that not pretty or “wrong” sized produce (like my cute corn here) also figure into that.
Fun fact,eh?

Recent Freegan & Garden Scores

Freegan = food that has come our way at no cost.

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NOT the prettiest apples ever but my daughter made a small batch of applesauce with a few of them over the weekend and they taste like apples do. These were picked from someone’s apple tree and passed on to us. Apple cider vinegar and applesauce making posts are forthcoming!

DSC_0318-001 This was about to be expired. We have a small,local grocery who would rather it go in someone’s belly than get tossed,so score for us. I LOVE tofu-kan and it’s the only kind of tofu a couple of my kids will eat. I think it’s because it has a firm, meatier texture to it. It’s great stuff for noodle and pasta dishes , salads,stir fry ,or just snacking.

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Yes, more zucchini. I’m telling ya, make friends with gardeners and you will never have a zucchini deficit in your life .

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I grew these beautiful habaneros. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. My dearest hubby has habanero hot wing induced PTSD from his fantasy football league’s draft night. I need to give it some time before he’s willing to participate in the eating of anything made with these.