Bananas, Zucchini, and Strawberries, Oh My!

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When you see ripe or overripe bananas at the store for a fairly cheap price,don’t pass them by. Pick them up. Eat how many you can before they are just too ripe. Take the rest and stick them, unpeeled, in a plastic bag and put in the freezer. They are great for baking with. You could even make smoothies with them. Just take them out of the freezer and let them thaw. I like to put them in a bowl and stick them in the fridge overnight. To use them, snip off the end and squish the banana out of it’s peel.

Next we have zucchini. If you grow your own, or have a neighbor that grows it, you know how prolific they can be.  Freezing zucchini for  breading and frying does not work too well because once thawed out, the zucchini loses a lot of moisture and the slices will not be crispy.  But you can freeze them to use as an ingredient in a dish. You need to prepare the zucchini like you are going to  be using it for the dish you are making. Usually, that would be shredded. Once shredded, put it in freezer bags  and you are done. To use, thaw and add to the recipe.

Strawberries,and other berries, are also very plentiful. They are very easy to freeze. Just wash and stem.  Lay them out flat on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer for a couple hours just so when you bag them they will stay separate instead of freezing into a clump. Take them out and stick in freezer bags or containers. Frozen berries are great to take out and bake with or have with ice cream. Or use them in smoothies also.

There is no reason to pass up a freebie or a bargain. Take advantage and you will be glad you did.


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