Banana bread and composting

Continuing the theme of food waste and utilizing deteriorating produce from 2013’s last blog post, I had a pile of bananas that was sitting on top of the fridge for… I wanna say about two weeks? (I know, gross, right?) They had obviously lost their vigor with saggy peels and brown spots all over. Neither my husband nor I are huge banana fans but I buy them occasionally for our smoothies. If you live on the east coast, you know the weather’s been pretty frigid lately so smoothies have not been made in the Yun household of late. Therefore the sad, spotting bananas on top of our fridge :( Usually, we cut em up and freeze them when the bananas reach this point but our poor freezer is at its max capacity so that wasn’t an option either. I knew I was going to have to throw them out if I didn’t act quickly. So the logical conclusion was to make banana bread. I’ve never made banana bread in my life (told you, I’m not a huge banana fan). But faced with the option of throwing the poor bananas away and making something that might actually taste good, I chose the later. I pulled out my trusty KitchenAid mixer and got it going. The recipe is from Annie Dean‘s adorable blog who got it from Smitten Kitchen.

The bananas went into the mixer looking quite pathetic and gross (I really wish I had taken a picture of its sad state but I’m sure you can imagine) but boy did it come out of the oven gloriously reborn. It. was. absolutely. delicious. Here it is in its full glory.

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From now on all my sad looking bananas will be going to banana bread heaven rather than ending up in the compost.

Speaking of food waste and compost, I enrolled in a local compost program a couple weeks ago. I had been growing quite sick and tired of the smelly garbage can and of having to take it out when it wasn’t full all the way due to the smell. And since I’ve been cooking often recently, the bulk of the content of our trash has been food scraps and food waste. Combined with the smell issue and the guilt of sending perfectly good potato peels to the landfill, I started contemplating composting. While I’d love to have my own compost pile in my own back yard, city living isn’t quite conducive to such activities, so I started researching local compost programs and discovered Bennett Compost. They provide you with a 5 gallon lidded bin and come by once a week to pick up your week’s food scraps.

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With the exception of the week of Thanksgiving, I’ve found the bin is plenty big for all your food scraps of the week for a family of two.

It’s $15/month but for me it’s $15 well spent to keep all my perfectly good food scraps from going to the landfill and creating methane (a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change) and instead create all natural fertilizer for farmers and community gardens. If I want in the spring, they’ll give me up to 10 gallons of finished compost for my own garden for no charge. Since I started composting, I think we’ve reduced our trash output by more than half and take out the trash once every 1-2 weeks rather than every other day like we used to (which means we use less trash bags = less plastic in the landfill & less $$ spent on buying 13 gallon trash bags).

While I think composting should be a city mandated program (just like trash and recycling pick ups, why are there no compost/food scrap pick ups??), until there’s progress in our political sphere to make compost pick ups the norm, it’ll be an individual choice for all of us. I’m just glad there are composting companies around to give me options.

8 thoughts on “Banana bread and composting

  1. Dug Su

    I was hesitant about composting because I didn’t know what it was. Now, knowing what it does for the environment, I think it’s well worth it. That banana bread looks so good!

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  2. Sharon

    WHAT?!?! I love all things banana – I love banana bread, banana pudding, fried bananas with ice cream! That banana looks delish!
    Haha DSY, I’m not sure Nate would like the idea of this compost bin either. He already hates that we have a recycling bin in our apartment. I try to put stuff down the garbage disposal, is that good or bad for the environment? And stuff I can’t put down there (like bones), I put in a small plastic bag and tie it tightly to avoid it from smelling and throw it in my big kitchen trash can and end up taking out the trash every 1-2 weeks.

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    1. Caroline

      You should def try this recipe out, it was REALLLLLY good! I’m going to do some research about the garbage disposal, I’m curious now :P

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  3. christal

    you’ve inspired me to compost! we’ve never been able to plant things because the soil at our place is terrible, but we have so many kitchen scraps we could use. i’m researching how to do it now and discovering a ton of stuff i didn’t know was compostable (lint, shredded paper?!), and hopefully won’t be too lazy to maintain it. thanks :)

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    1. Caroline

      Awww, Christal, that was the ultimate compliment!!! That’s EXACTLY why I wanted to start this blog (how did you find it anyways?? I haven’t “announced” it yet!! :P) If you start composting, you can use the compost for a garden later, especially if your soil is so bad! Thanks for reading!! :) <3

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  4. pauline

    i LOVE banana bread. whenever my bananas get over ripe i just freeze them to make me some b-bread later. my sister has an amazing recipe that i use. And great idea of composting! unfortunately i don’t cook enough to have food scraps. haha.

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  5. Angela

    you’re so inspirational with all your creative ways to be more green :))) only YOU could make a stubborn me think twice before i use plastic bags, not recycle, etc. not only that, you always take it one step further! keep it going with these posts!!!! <3

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