What To Do With Leftovers
Any way you slice or dice it, there are lots of ways to turn your leftovers into culinary delights. You’ll save you money in the long run by finding creative ways to cut the waste in your kitchen! Take a look at these five items:
Leftover Bread: In my mind, bread is anything made out of flour. The heels of loaf bread can be easily used to make croutons, be toasted for French onion soup, or in our house, we simply spread the peanut butter on the heel side and flip the softer bread side out so the sandwich looks like a sandwich. There are five of us and hamburger and hotdog buns come eight to a package. Use the leftover buns for garlic bread to serve with another night’s meal. One package then covers two nights worth of meals and the buns don’t go moldy in the breadbox.
Leftover Meat: You’ve got a half a steak left over from dinner; by itself, it won’t make a meal. If you’re like my family, half a steak is tossed in a ziplock bag and gets lost in the back of the fridge. Instead, chop it up and use it in a steak and egg omelet for breakfast or as a soup/stew starter for another night’s dinner. Or put it in a plastic container, top it with frozen mixed veggies and freeze for a lunch you can reheat at work.
Leftover Vegetables: You cooked a pot of green beans that didn’t get finished at dinner. Don’t toss them. Either put freeze in a Ziploc, or keep a big Rubbermaid container in the freezer for veggie orphans. When the container has enough assorted vegetables, make a veggie and rice soup, or use the vegetables for stir-fry.
Leftover Milk: Not enough left for a glass in the bottom of the jug? Don’t pour it down the sink. Put it in a zip-seal bag and freeze it for sauces and cream soups. When you’re ready to use it, melt it right in your pan from a frozen state—no need to thaw.
Leftover Eggs: Even if you don’t use all your eggs before the expiration date, they stay fresh for quite a while. Crack them in groups of three, scramble and freeze in a plastic bag to use later. Most cake and brownie recipes require three eggs so you can thaw the eggs in the plastic bag under cold running water in a matter of minutes. Or, thaw and scramble for breakfast.2