A couple of Saturdays ago, I had all kinds of plans for the day but, woke up and decided to forget them all. I decided to just be around the house- catching up, cleaning up, and cooking up some stuff for the week. When trying to budget, planning and putting in the time to prep is key. There have been so many times when I have gotten a great deal on produce but didn’t have time to do anything with it and had to end up throwing it away.
So this post is mainly about “old fruit” not really old, but almost ready to be tossed fruit- fruit that isn’t good to just eat raw. I was cleaning out my fridge and had a bunch of apples, some frozen bananas and oranges that needed to be used. So I came up with stuff to do with them instead of tossing them.
To start, I searched on Pinterest for some ideas. I found several recipes for crock-pot apple butter. It sounded easy and would be good for several weeks after making it. Not only was it great- but my house smelled like homemade apple pie for 2 days!
Begin by peeling all of your apples and then chopping them up. I cut them on my cutting board then used a hand chopper once they were in the crock- pot.
In a seperate bowl mix up all of your dry ingredients.
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1-1.5 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon All Spice
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
I found so many recipes online that I just combined some of them based on what sounded good to me.
Once your dry ingredients are mixed, pour them over the apples and mix around so they are all covered in the mixture.
I cooked on high for about 5 hours and then on low for about 4 hours. On some recipes I read, they then would use an immersion blender to make it more like apple butter but I liked it the way it turned out. It was delicious with homemade biscuits or just by itself.
So on to what I did with the bananas… Growing up we always had these old ripe bananas in the freezer- and I hated it! I couldn’t understand why my mom wouldn’t just throw them away! But she makes some great banana bread and that is what she uses. As I have grown up, I realize that I do all of those same things that use to drive me nuts as a kid 🙂
1 cup sugar
½ cup or 1 stick of butter
3 mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups of all purpose flour (sift twice)
½ tsp vanilla
I added about 1.5 Tbs of sour cream to make it moist
Mix sugar, butter and eggs together. Sift soda, salt and flour together.
Mix both mixtures together. Add bananas, vanilla and (optional) nuts. Bake at 375* for 15 minutes and then for 45 minutes at 350*