Ever polish your shoes with a banana peel? I know it sounds bananas, but you'll be surprised by what you can do with bananas.

1. A better way to slice a banana

OK, let's start with some basics. When you slice a banana, remove the peel in strips, leaving a wide strip of banana peel for the fruit to rest in as you slice. It's like a hammock full of delicious sliced banana that you can carry to your cereal bowl or the blender for your smoothie. Easy and no mess.

2. Fix green bananas in the oven

If your bananas are green and under-ripe, arrange them (peels-on) on a baking sheet and bake them at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. The peels will turn almost black, but the fruit inside will be soft and luscious and ready for your favorite recipes. Check out our collection of Banana Bread Recipes.

3. No eggs on hand? How about a mashed banana?

When you discover you're out of eggs in mid-brownie making, don't go bananas. You can still make chewy brownies by substituting a mashed banana for one whole egg. True story!

4. The peel polishes your shoes

In a pinch, you can polish your leather shoes with a banana peel. The inside of the peel actually conditions the leather! When you're done, just give it a quick wipe down with a rag, and you're ready to pound the pavement.

Check out our collection of Banana Recipes.