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Fruit: Ripe

ripe bananas


Save money on fruit by using or preserving ripe fruit before it goes bad. Ripe fruit can be put in the food processor or blender and then the liquid put into ice cube trays.  You can use the fruit cubes as a thrift friendly flavoring for casseroles, stews and jello dishes. 

You can also make in into a syrup to flavor pancakes and waffles by cooking it with a little butter and brown sugar.


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Frugal footnotes:

- Cooking apples is made quick and easy with an apple corer.
- Be sure you know the different between cooking and eating apples.  All apples taste
different.  Cooking apples are more sour and need sugar.  Some apples go both ways.

Here are a couple recipes for ripe bananas.


Banana Cookies


2 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp sugar

In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients . Cut in the shortening. Add the eggs, bananas, and vanilla.  Stir until well blended  Drop by spoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Mix the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on the cookie dough.. Bake at 400   for 10-12 minutes


Banana Bread


1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 bananas, soft
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream together the flour, shortening, and sugar.  Mash the bananas and add them to the flour mixture with the eggs.

Add the vanilla and baking soda, and then stir in the nuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until done with the toothpick test.








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