Banana Orange Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Orange Banana BreadThis is a good use of a few leftover items hanging around your kitchen: Cranberry sauce, bananas and an orange! In fact, when you start to see your bananas heading south, stick them in the freezer for when you wish to make banana bread at a later date, as you’re gonna need the dark overly-ripe ones for the recipe! The original recipe makes 2 – 9×5 inch loaves.

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
3 mashed bananas (very ripe)
1 orange, peeled and mashed
1 cup cranberry sauce
½ cup milk (you can use soy or water as well)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup chopped walnuts (or nut of choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, and mix in bananas, orange, cranberry sauce, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually blend flour mixture into the banana mixture. Fold in walnuts. Pour into the prepared loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely.

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Can I Keep It?

Can We Keep HimSo unlike the puppy that followed you home as a child, keeping leftovers in the fridge beyond their prime will make you sick and not just annoy your parents. Well, leftovers in the fridge may annoy your parents as well, but everyone has their own idiosyncrasies and it’s not for me to judge. So how long can you keep things lurking in your fridge? Sure, some things have convenient “best buy” dates written on them. Those are great as a suggestion, but you really should test that milk before tossing it. That date is the legal date that the store can no longer sell it by, and in fact may be fresh for several more days. Let your nose be your guide, but if you’re not 100% sure…. toss it! It is not worth a trip to the emergency room! Here’s a quick guide on how long (on average) some basic foods will last in the fridge:

The following foods will keep only 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator:

  • fresh (raw) ground meats and stew meats
  • gravy and meat broth
  • fresh poultry and fresh fish

These foods will keep 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator:

  • cooked meat and meat casseroles
  • cooked chicken and chicken casseroles
  • cooked fish and fish casseroles
  • pizza

The following will keep 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator:

  • opened packages of luncheon meats or deli meats
  • fresh meat steaks, chops and roasts

The following foods have longer refrigerator-storage times as indicated:

  • fresh eggs in shells — 3 to 5 weeks
  • hard-cooked eggs — 1 week
  • commercial mayonnaise after opening — 2 months
  • opened hard cheese (such as cheddar or Swiss) — 3 to 4 weeks
  • soft cheese (such as Brie or feta), cottage cheese, ricotta and milk — 1 week
  • yogourt — 1 to 2 weeks

*photo credit from the movie “Rainy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”