The fact is that forty percent of food cooked and prepared in the United States are not consumed and are put to waste, which is really alarming and depressing because hunger and poverty rule in the other parts of the world. While we cannot necessarily control the waste occurring in restaurants and grocery stores, we can control the food waste occurring in our homes. In this article, allow us to help you through tips and tricks for reducing food waste in your kitchen.
1. You may reuse your leftovers. It doesn’t mean that you just have to reheat it and eat the next meal. It is not a good idea microwaving your leftovers because it will just overcook the food and the food loses its texture.
2. Remake your leftover techniques and ideas. For leftover grains and legumes, you can make a quinoa salad, rice salad, or fry it to make some butter. You can add peas to make fried rice, as well as shredded carrots, bits of leftover ham, and toss it with tamari or soy sauce. Have a delightful salad or soup by adding leftover grains and legumes. You can cook some patties with egg, herbs, and spices to be fried in a shallow pan. Leftover lentils can be spread with Mexican seasoning for a bean dip or fry it naturally.
3. Use your creativity and resourcefulness for leftover meats. Thinly slice pork, beef, and chicken, and add them to sandwiches, soups, or salads. Nothing can beat a cold roast beef served with mustard to dip and homemade biscuits for a simple lunch.
4. Don’t put your leftover oatmeal or cereal into the trash bin. Make a simple snack for your kids by adding rice flour, eggs, honey, and a dash of cinnamon to make some patties.
5. Be organized with your leftovers. Organize your leftovers by placing your leftover in mason jars, a plastic-free alternative, and then add labels using a masking tape and marker. Just make sure not to forget adding the date.
6. Keep your leftovers in the fridge in vacuum sealer roll. Using transparent food containers to store leftover food is better so you can easily what is inside and remember to make good new recipes.
7. Prevent wasting of food by serving small portions for children. You will realize that serving small portions will make your child crave for more and ending up eating everything than wasting food.
8. Always have a food buying plan. You might be shopping for too much perishable ingredients that is converted to food waste. It is best to make a list of your needed ingredients that is enough for your next grocery day.
Meal planning is very important and Momma Cuisine highly advise not to shop in bulk, so check here for more information.