It is girls weekend over here 😉 Lori’s husband is out of town, so I am spending the weekend with Lori and Madison!
Today we thought we would answer some questions about plantains. We still receive numerous questions about why we eat, what are plantains, etc. plus some new questions that we are addressing today.
So here we go!
1. Where can I find plantains??
Plantains can be found at your local mainstream grocery store located in the fresh produce section near the red bananas, yucca, aloe vera section. And if you don’t see any plantains try asking the store manager about getting some into your store. It’s always worth a shot asking 😉 You could also seek out ethnic grocery stores like Latin or Spanish to see if they carry them.
Good news: you can buy plantains online here! We plan to try it out. We will report how it goes once we try it.
2. If purchased in bulk can you safely freeze plantains??
3. How long do the plantains stay fresh?
You can eat plantains at any stage of ripeness so they can stay fresh for awhile (maybe 2 weeks) on the counter. We aren’t certain as plantains never last that long in our house.
4. What is the best way to peel the skin off the plantain??
You may use a knife to slice the ends off and score a line down the middle of skin.
5. Why do we always use plantains? What got us started on plantains for our grain-free recipes?
Honestly, we just heard about plantains one day. Then we saw them in the store and decided to try them out. We first enjoyed them as plantains chips.
We love trying new ingredients when we can. Working with plantains was all new for us as we had never worked with them before. After cooking with them a few times we realized how easy they were to work with! And we were hooked!
We find plantains to be the easiest to use for grain-free and egg-free recipes.
That is why we continue to use them. When we use them as our flour in recipes we look at the recipe as more REAL food instead of processed.
6 What makes a good substitution for plantains?
Tough question as we don’t have an exact replacement. Using green unripe bananas is our go-to sub for them. Other things you can try is raw sweet potatoes but the final outcome is usually different. You can also play around with using regular flours to replace it.
7. Why plantains?
We love their versatility. Plantains can be enjoyed sweet or savory.
It can made as:
It is potato like but tolerated by people who avoid nightshades. Green plantains are starchy and ripe black plantains are more sweet. Most of our recipes we use green, sometimes yellow ones.
8. Are plantains low carb?
No, it’s not. It is definitely a good starch for many but is not low carb. Plantains are a good source of energy. A great carb source instead of always having sweet potatoes, potatoes or rice. For 100 grams of plantains it is 31 grams of carbs. (source)
9. Can you be allergic to plantains?
Yes. It is in the banana family and can cause issues for people. I am even noticing I cannot have them as often as I have in the past due to my skin.