How to Cook Banana

Bananas are often thought to be a boring fruit that you can only peel and eat raw. There are a variety of ways you can spice up and enhance the flavor of the fruit by cooking it. You can add different ingredients to the banana to enhance its flavor or you can add it to another meal. The best ways to cook your banana are by pan-frying it, baking it in an oven, or microwaving it.

EditPan-Fried Bananas
2 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon of coconut oil or butter

2 tablespoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of salt

Makes 2 servings

EditOven Baked Bananas
2 ripe bananas

Soft brown sugar

of orange or lemon juice

Whipped cream

Makes 2 servings

EditMicrowaved Bananas
2 ripe bananas

of honey

of lemon or lime juice

Makes 2 servings

EditPan-Frying Bananas
Peel your bananas. Use recently ripened bananas with no black spots or bruising on the peel. To open the banana peel, pinch the end opposite the stem and pull it apart. It’s much easier to open a peel this way. There’s also a smaller chance of damaging the banana itself.
Cut your bananas into thick slices. After you’ve peeled your bananas, slice them into thick segments with a knife. It can be quite tricky to slice a curved banana evenly but do your best to slice the bananas as evenly as possible.[1]
Add your ingredients to a pan and heat the pan for 3 minutes. Put your honey, cinnamon, salt, oil or butter, into the pan and heat it so the oil or butter warms up. It’s up to you what oil you want to use here. The best oils to use are coconut oil or butter.[2] You can use any neutral oil in place of coconut oil or butter.

Add the banana slices to the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. When the bananas start to get sticky and turn a brownish gold in color, the banana slices have started to caramelize. Frequently stir the bananas as they cook to prevent burning.[3]The bananas are burning if they start to turn dark brown and lose their gold color.

Electric stoves are less powerful than gas stoves. Turn your electric stove to medium high heat. Gas stoves should work fine at medium heat.

Remove your slices from the pan and serve. Once the bananas have caramelized, remove them from the pan and place them as a topping on another food or serve them as they are on a plate.[4]
You can eat the caramelized bananas in a sandwich or on French toast.

EditBaking Your Bananas
Preheat your oven to . If you have a gas oven, gas mark number 6 should preheat your gas oven to the same temperature. Preheating your oven to will ensure that your bananas are properly baked when they are placed in the oven.[5]

Place your unpeeled ripe bananas on a baking tray. It’s vital for this method that you don’t peel your bananas beforehand. Make sure the bananas aren’t touching each other on the tray.[6]
The peel acts as a coating and ensures that your bananas get well baked in the oven.

Put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes are up, take your bananas out of the oven using oven gloves. Lay the tray down for 1 minute to let the bananas cool down.[7]

Peel the bananas and sprinkle them with sugar and drizzle with juice. Peel the bananas while they’re still hot. Lightly sprinkle the peeled bananas with your brown sugar. A quick sprinkle of your chosen juice should be enough to add some taste.[8] Don’t add more than of juice.

Serve your bananas with whipped cream. Place your bananas on a plate and either spray the whipped cream on the side of the plate or on top of the bananas.[9]

EditMicrowaving Your Bananas
Peel and slice your bananas and place them into a bowl. Remove the peel by pinching the opposite side to the stem and peel the skin away. Slice your bananas into thick pieces.[10]

Add your honey and juice to the bowl. Pour all of your honey and either your lemon or lime juice to the bowl to enhance the flavor of the banana. Try to ensure that the honey and juice are evenly spread across all of the banana slices.[11] You can use orange juice if you’d like. Be wary of the stark contrast in flavor between orange juice and the banana.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrapping and microwave it for 90 seconds. Make sure your bowl is suitable for microwaving. Put the microwave on at either medium or medium-high heat.[12]
To find out if your bowl is safe for microwaving, check underneath the bowl for symbols with wavy lines. These symbols indicate that the bowl is safe to use in a microwave.

Serve after allowing the dish to cool or serve hot. If you’re serving the bananas hot, add some vanilla ice cream to the bowl to enhance the taste and provide a contrast to the heat.[13] It’s up to you what you add to the bowl. You can add roasted nuts, maple syrup, whatever you’d like to make it suit your tastes.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditPan-Fried Bananas
A knife

A frying pan

A gas or electric stove

EditOven Baked Bananas
A gas or electric oven

A baking tray

EditMicrowaved Bananas
A microwave

A microwave-safe bowl

A knife

Plastic wrapping

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How to Use a Neti Pot

A neti pot is used for nasal irrigation, which entails flushing out your nasal cavity with a saline solution. This is a home remedy that is relatively less known in Western countries, but is common in parts of India and South Asia. You can use a neti pot daily to flush mucus, bacteria, and allergens out of your nasal cavity, but it is important to follow the proper cleaning technique for the neti pot and use only water that has been sterilized, distilled, or boiled and cooled.

EditCleaning Your Neti Pot
Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean your neti pot. Before you use your neti pot, read through any instructions that came along with it to see what type of cleaning process is recommended. You can clean most neti pots with soap and warm water, but check to ensure that this is what is recommended for your neti pot.[1]

Wash your neti pot with dish soap and hot water before the first use. Add a few drops of dish soap to the neti pot and then fill it with hot water. Swish the soapy water around so that it cleans all surfaces of the neti pot. Then, pour out the soapy water and rinse the neti pot thoroughly.[2]
Rinse the neti pot 6 or 7 times to ensure that you have removed all of the soap residue.

Let the neti pot air dry or wipe the inside with a clean paper towel. The neti pot should be completely dry before you use it for the first time. Place the neti pot upside down on a clean towel or use a clean paper towel to dry the inside of the pot.[3]
Do not wipe out the inside of the neti pot with a used dish towel. Also, do not place it right side up to dry. It might collect dust or get dirty if you let it air dry this way.

EditMaking a Saline Solution
Wash and dry your hands to avoid contaminating the neti pot. Hold your hands under warm running water to wet them. Then, add about 1 teaspoon (5 mL) of liquid hand soap or rub your hands around a soap bar for a few seconds to lather up your hands. Rub the soap between your hands, into your fingertips, and around your fingernails. Then, hold your hands under warm, running water again to rinse away the soap. Dry your hands completely using a clean cloth or paper towel.[4]
It takes about 20 seconds to thoroughly wash your hands. To time yourself, hum the “Happy Birthday” song to yourself 2 times.[5]

Measure out of sterilized, distilled, or boiled water. To ensure that the water is safe to put into your nasal cavity, only use water that has been distilled, sterilized, or boiled and cooled. Pour the water into a clean glass container, such as a jar or a bowl.[6]
You can purchase sterilized or distilled water at a grocery or drug store. Or, bring tap water to a boil and let it boil for about 5 minutes. Then, turn off the heat and let the water cool to room temperature.

Mix 2 teaspoons (11 g) of finely ground non-iodized salt with the water. Choose sea salt or kosher salt that has not had iodine added to it. Measure out the salt and pour it into the container with the water.[7]
Do not use normal table salt. The additives in it can irritate your nose.

You can also purchase saline solution if you do not want to make your own. Check your local drug store for saline solution that is meant for use with neti pots.

Stir until the salt is dissolved and wait for the solution to cool. Use a clean metal spoon to stir the salt into the water. Keep stirring until the salt is completely dissolved. Once the solution looks clear and has cooled to room temperature, it is ready to use.[8]
Place a lid on the container if you do not plan to use the solution right away. However, be sure to use the solution within 24 hours. Discard any unused solution at that point since bacteria may begin to grow in it.

EditRinsing Your Nasal Passages
Fill the neti pot with the saline solution. The first step is to transfer the saline solution from the container to the neti pot. Pour it carefully to avoid spills and make sure it’s not so warm that it will cause discomfort or burns.

Lean over a sink with your neck straight and turn your head to 1 side. Bend over the sink so that your upper body is at a 45-degree angle to your lower body. Then, turn your head to the side so that your ear is facing the sink. Keep your forehead at the same height as the chin, or slightly higher.[9]
Do not turn your head so far that your chin goes past your shoulder.

Do not bend over so far that your chin is below your forehead.

Breathe through your mouth while you are rinsing your nasal cavity. You won’t be able to breathe through your nose while you are rinsing out your sinuses with the neti pot, so start breathing through your mouth. Take a few breaths to get used to it.[10]
Avoid talking or laughing so that the seal in your throat is not broken, allowing water in.

Pour half of the water into your upper nostril. Press the spout against the inside of your nostril to form a seal. This will prevent water from flowing back out the same way it goes in. Raise the pot so the saline solution flows into the upper nostril and out of the lower nostril. This may feel a bit strange, like getting water up your nose while swimming. Empty ½ of the pot into your first nostril.[11]
The solution should pour out of your lower nostril and flow into the sink. If the water is splashing you, then lower yourself down closer to the sink.

If the solution drains out of your mouth, lower your forehead slightly, but make sure to keep it above your chin.

Repeat the process on the other side to rinse the other nostril. Remove the neti pot from your nostril when you finish rinsing the first side. Then, turn your head in the opposite direction and repeat the same process. Use the other half of the saline solution to clear out your other nostril.[12]

Blow air through your nose to remove excess water. After you’ve drained the entire neti pot, keep your head over the sink and gently blow air out of your nose without using your fingers to pinch it. This will help to remove the excess water and some mucus as well.[13]
Do this until most of the dripping has subsided and you can breathe relatively easily again.

Blow your nose gently into a tissue. After fluid stops dripping freely from your nose into the sink, remove the rest of the water and completely clear your nose by blowing it into a tissue as you normally would. Apply gentle pressure to 1 side of your nostril as you blow into the tissue, then repeat on the other side. Be sure not to close off either nostril while blowing.[14]
Don’t blow too hard! Blow gently just as you normally would.

Clean your neti pot after you are finished using it. To prevent bacteria growth in and on your neti pot, give it a final wash before putting it away for storage. Use warm soap and water and allow the pot to air dry just as you did before.[15]
Store your neti pot in a cupboard or drawer to keep it clean and dust-free until the next time you use it.

Never use tap water in a neti pot! Bacteria and amoebas may be present in tap water, which can grow in your nasal cavity and make you very ill.[16]
EditThings You’ll Need
Neti pot

Non-iodized salt which is free of anti-caking and free-flowing agents, or commercially available neti pot salt

Distilled, boiled and cooled, or filtered water

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