One of the least expensive fruits in your local supermarket, per pound, is usually the lowly banana.
Poor Banana! Although grown in tropical regions they are so plentiful and so well known that we sort of take them for granted. I guess it’s true-if something is inexpensive most people tend to think it is unexciting.
Bananas really are a great fruit! They are tasty in their various stages (I like them pretty ripe myself) and although their life out on the counter isn’t too long, and you don’t want to stick one in your BDU pants pocket and then forget about it when you are going through training (ask me how I know. Ewww. Smooshed banana) you can always chuck the extras that are starting to be a bit OVER ripe into a container in the freezer. (note-they will turn to mush when they defrost, but that’s fine for baking!)
Fresh bananas can be eaten plain, sliced into cold cereal or oatmeal, stuck on a stick and frozen as a treat, cooked into Banana Pancakes or baked into Banana Bread, Banana Squares and Banana Oatmeal Drop Cookies.
2. Lay them on the dehydrator sheet almost touching. If you like you can spray them with a bit of lemon juice to keep them from darkening. It’s mostly an aesthetic thing. If I’m in the mood to do that I just put my lemon juice into a clean spraybottle that I ONLY use for lemon juice. Spritz it on (over the sink please!) and go.
3. Dehydrate at around 105 degrees (if you have a thermostat) for about 10-12 hours. I like to flip mine over about half way through. You sort of have to peel them up off the tray. When they are done they will be smaller, thinner, darker but still bend, like I’m doing in the photo. They are actually more like banana fruit leather bites. They are NOT going to get hard and “snap” the way the banana chips at the store will.
4. Store in a zippered baggie, plastic container or glass mason jar. Enjoy as a very sweet and chewy snack. If I was packaging them for longer term storage I’d either use a vacuum sealer or some oxygen absorbers–and I’d still be aware that they would probably all stick together in a lump 🙂
If you want to, you can reconstitute them into a banana mush by soaking them in just enough warm water to cover them. Then you can use them in any baked good or just eat as banana mush 😉 I know in my house they all get eaten as if they were banana candy by the kiddos-I never get the CHANCE to store them for longer time periods.