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Questions tagged [bananas]

Bananas are the fruit of the banana tree. They are a long, curved and yellow with a fibrous peel, and soft inner flesh. Use this tag for questions about selecting, identifying, storing, preparing, replacing or cooking with bananas as a star ingredient. Questions about dishes which include bananas, but are not focused on banana, should not use this tag.

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Banana bread batter in the fridge [duplicate]

I am from South Africa and we are currently having what our main energy supplier is calling loadshedding. Basically various municipalities have their electricity cut at relatively random times to lift ...
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Is it true that bananas are radioactive?

Is it true that bananas are radioactive, and if you eat too many it can kill you? If yes then how many bananas are good to eat at once.
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Why does my banana bread have a moist top?

My mother always made banana bread when I was growing up, and my favorite part was the the fact that the top of the loaf was sweet and moist, to the point that it would leave residue if you touched it!...
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Habaneros…and bananas?

I once marinated chicken breasts for the grill using some habaneros for heat and bananas for sweetness (and some vinegar and salt thrown in to cut some of the sweetness). To everyone's surprise, the ...
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About ripe bananas for banana bread

I put mashed bananas in the fridge in a bowl for a couple days and they turned dark brown on the top. Are they still good after that?
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How to cook and eat unidentified woody banana species

I bought these bananas and they taste like wood. I'm not sure if I was supposed to fry them in something or how to prepare them. Also what is the species? I don't think it's platano macho because ...
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Frozen banana, banana cake

If I use frozen and then defrosted bananas for banana cake do I use less water being that the bananas expel a lot of water as they defrost or do I use the same amount of water being that the bananas ...
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Why is the skimmed milk fizzy?

I put bananas, honey, almonds and skimmed milk in the blender and blended it. When it was all blended the surface had a layer of tiny bubbles and there was a audible fizzing sound, like from a soft ...
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Am i able use overripe bananas in pancakes?

I'm trying to think of a different way to make pancakes and didn't want to throw away a banana I have, that's almost completely brown, but still has a little yellow. I heard you can use overripe ...
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Can refractometers measure a banana's glucose content?

I heard that to measure a banana's ripeness I would have to compare its sugar to starch ratio, but what would be the best method of doing that? I am not sure if refractometers measure starch as well, ...
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How do the nutritional values of bananas change as they ripen?

Unripe bananas are hard with thick skins and an unmistakeable raw flavour. As they ripen they shrink slightly, the skins become thinner, and the fruit becomes softer and sweeter; the raw flavour goes ...
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Bananas - too many - so how can I preserve them?

It must be banana season as the supermarkets are full of them at silly prices. I am beginning to think that I have come across and tried every banana recipe known to mankind. Is there a method of ...
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What could hair-like protrusions from a banana's surface be?

I was peeling a banana, and noticed thin, hair-like protrusions coming from the stem-side top of the fruit. There were only 5 or 6, and they were sticking straight up, about an inch in height. At ...
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What provides the acid for leavening in this banana bread recipe?

I have made this banana bread recipe a couple of times. The ingredients are: All-purpose flour Salt Brown sugar Baking soda Bananas Butter Eggs My understanding is that baking soda requires some ...
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Can I substitute bread flour for AP flour in banana bread recipe?

I have bread flour (King Arthur) at home all the time, but I don't usually have all-purpose flour, as bread is pretty much the only thing I bake from scratch. I want to make basic banana bread ...
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Does ripening banans in a bag with other fruit harm the other fruit?

Our office just got its first fruit shipment, which included an apology for the under-ripe bananas and the suggestion to put them in a brown paper bag along with an apple to speed up the ripening. ...
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Getting crispy banana chips

My pan fried banana chips are crisp at the beginning.But later it looses crispines.This happens evenafter storing in air tight containers.What is the mistake i am making? PS:I am asking about kerala(...
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How can I increase the longevity of my bananas? [duplicate]

I have some bananas that I just bought at Trader Joe's. They're nice, fresh, yellow, and full of general banana-ness. But if I take more than a week or so to eat them all, they start to get brown ...
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Can I save time by baking banana bread using the convection setting of my oven?

I am following a banana bread recipe that calls for you to heat a conventional oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and cook the banana bread batter for one hour. I want the bread to be done sooner then ...
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Improve color of banana jam?

One of my favorite uses for overripe bananas is to make a simple jam from them. I combine the bananas with a bit of water in a large pot, adding a splash of molasses, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. ...
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Only the core of my banana is black. Is it safe to eat?

This banana had a bit of bruising I wasn't too concerned until I noticed the core (and only the core) was dark brown/black in color. In addition, it's somewhat dry and hollow, unlike normal banana ...
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Bananas are radioactive…so how many exactly would you have eat to die? Is it possible to calculate? [closed]

Today a friend told me something disturbing... Bananas are radioactive. Found it hard to believe. But when googeling a bit it seems true. Only thing on the internet that is not consistent is how many ...
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(Is it safe?) Preparing Breakfast in Bulk

Seasoned Advice-Givers, I make an excellent breakfast, but would like to prepare a 7-day supply in bulk, to eliminate the preparation time I expend every weeknight. The ingredients are: 3 Cups ...
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Can I use an avocado instead of a banana?

I have a great recipe to make cookies but it requires a mashed up banana. I am on the anti-candida diet so I cannot have bananas. I would like to replace it with avocado but I wasn't sure of the ...
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Unrefrigerated Mashed Bananas: Are they safe to bake with? [duplicate]

If mashed bananas are accidentally left on the counter overnight can they still be used for baking?
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During flambé, what is the powder that is shaken into the fire to create sparks?

My apologies for a lack of link, although hopefully my description will suffice. I saw some transient video of chefs making Bananas Foster in, I believe, New Orleans. They were shaking a powder into ...
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Which average weight % of the banana is edible? i.e. Which % of the banana is not peel?

I got ~1 Kg of bananas and I want to calculate the calories in it. Provided that the peel is discarded, which is the remaining mass of bananas from the original Kg? Since I have no weight measuring ...
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How do you stop banana flower soup from tasting astringent?

I have made banana flower soup 3 times now. The first time it had a nice, unique warming/comforting flavour. The second time it was inedible. The third time it was almost inedible. The recipes I have ...
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Does wrapping banana stems actually prolong their life?

I've seen a few times the suggestion to wrap the stems of bananas to prevent them from ripening. Yet at least one person who was espousing this admitted it was based on a misreading of a study: I ...
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Cutting the stems of banana instead of wrapping them when preserving them

I am searching for a ways to preserve the banana, and most of the time they said that I need to wrap the stems in a plastic or scotch tape so the gas wont come, they said that this gas is the reason ...
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How to store a banana that was cut in half to preserve the other half?

I can usually only eat about half of a banana, and usually when I get sick of it I just throw it away. In the past, I've seen bananas cut in half at hotels and other places that provide breakfast, etc,...
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Why my banana sauce is not smooth?

here is my recipe 100g banana * 1 egg * 1 tbsp. corn starch * 3 tbsp. granulated sugar * 150ml milk I use folk to beat bananas. Then put everything together and then strain. then put it on stove ...
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Why is there such disparity between the calories in a banana and the calories in this pack of dried banana?

If I Google calories in banana I get the result of 89 per 100g. However, this pack of chewy banana says 320 per 100g. Why the difference? The ingredients are Dried Banana, Rice Flour, ...
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Mixing a banana with homemade sunflower butter turned into a horrible, leathery substance. Why?

I often make sunflower butter in my food processor by pureeing raw sunflower seeds. Today I decided (after the seeds became creamy) to blend a banana into the mixture. The result was horrible: Almost ...
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How can I serve banana flambée for the next day?

How can I serve banana flambée the following day without it going bad. This is for a French Project about MArtinique.
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How to add banana flavor to my cookies?

I want to add the smell and flavor of banana in my cookies. I'm not sure whether I should substitute APP-flour or butter with banana. Thank you.
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Keeping bananas fresh for longer

Is there any way to keep bananas fresh for longer? We tried putting them in the fridge but their skins turn black very fast.
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Can you tell how ripe a banana is by the actual fruit not the peel?

Hi I am doing a research project on banana ripeness and cannot find a way to tell the ripeness of a banana from the inside of it. I cannot use taste to measure the ripeness but I would really like to ...
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Why do I need over ripe bananas for banana muffins?

Okay, I won't use prefer to use raw bananas for sure. But, I wish to understand why are over ripe bananas required for the muffins. Why won't ripe (yellow) bananas do? From: https://cooking....
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How do banana peels reflect its ripening state? Can we influence that in our kitchen?

Recently our commercial kitchen got some bunches of bananas with a curious feature. On the inside they were firm and delicious (no jokes, please), but on the outside they looked incredibly sickly. ...
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How to fry crispy bananas?

I've fried bananas in a pot with some butter, but they remain soft and I would like to make them more crispy. Should I use oil instead?
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My banana Muffins won't rise like I want - Why?

So I just tried this recipe for banana muffins. They taste great (even directly after baking) and the texture is really nice and soft - like a muffin is supposed to be. The problem: They don't rise ...
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extracting banana flavour for an iced coffee

Now that the sun has started to shine in the frozen north I can start thinking on using my espresso machine for some cold drinks. I was thinking of a banana iced coffee. But I would like a more ...
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How can I tell when red bananas are ripe?

Recently we bought a hand of red bananas. We watched them for a while, but couldn't sense a change in them (they don't change color). We eventually opened one and it was hard inside. How can I tell ...
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Why is orange juice or apple juice added in a smoothie?

I currently have strawberries, bananas and yogurt in my fridge and this got me thinking about the Strawberry-Banana Julius from Orange Julius. Previously I've made smoothies with strawberries, bananas,...
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How can I make melted chocolate set faster?

I am going to be operating a stand selling frozen bananas (just like in Arrested Development), and we dip the bananas in chocolate. I bought some milk and dark chocolate wafers that can be used in ...
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How can I speed up banana ripening?

I need to make banana bread tomorrow, and the bananas I recently purchased with this in mind to not appear to be ripening fast enough. Is there anyway to speed the ripening without spoiling the ...
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What is the dish shown in the “Sunset Limited”

In the movie, "The Sunset Limited" Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson eat a dish which I'm dying to know what it is. They say it has molasses, rutabaga, bananas and mangoes in it, and it's sort of ...
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How can I make my banana bread more moist?

I've followed lots of standard recipes online, and the result is always more cake like: dark on the outside white and dryish in the middle. When I go to the store and buy it it's always dark and ...
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How can I keep chopped fruit fresh for 2-3 hours?

I need to cut up a large amount of fruit for use in a pavlova dessert tomorrow night - although the same question would no doubt apply to a fruit salad or other fresh fruit item. Anyway, I won't have ...