What Can I Do With Unripened Fruit? — Fix My Dish

by in How-to, August 24th, 2012

unripened bananas
Twice a month, we’re giving readers a chance to ask Food Network Kitchens’ advice about an issue they’re having with a dish. They can’t reformulate a recipe for you, but they’re happy to help improve it.

Question: “Is there a way I can use fruit that is not quite ripe yet?” — Kathleen Sefchick Dixon from Facebook

Answer: If you can wait a day or two, many fruits (such as bananas, pears, peaches, kiwis, tomatoes and avocados) will ripen quickly when stored in a brown paper bag, and even faster if you add a ripe apple or banana to the bag.

If you’re really in a rush, try making a pie, relish or chutney. Cut the fruit into smaller-than-usual pieces to help it break down and add a little extra sugar to the filling.

Have a question for the Kitchens? Leave a comment below and they’ll answer a select number of them in the coming weeks.

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Comments (4)

  1. Sherry K. Walter says:

    Is there a cheese that I can use instead of German Butter Cheese ,German Butter Cheese is very difficult to find where I live….I use it in baking.Thank-you.

  2. Victoria says:

    Why haven't we heard Food Network saying anything about the GMO issue? You seem to be in support of GOOD food… are you for or against GMOs? It is time for your network to speak up.

  3. Krystal says:

    I accidentally bought green peppercorns in brine thinking they were capers. I have no clue what to do with them! Any suggestions??? Please!

  4. Victoria M. Walton says:

    @ jsid, depending on how green they are; the banana's they would be perfect for banana pudding if they were lets say slightly green. And of course squeeze a little lemon juice over cut banana's so that they don't turn brown in your dish. Hope this helps a little.

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