Here are ten (or more) ways to keep food from being wasted...starting with bread.
• Toast, then cube for croutons or crumble for crumbs. Freeze for later.
Freeze whole bread and pull out for:
• Grilled cheese sandwiches.
• French toast.
• Save the tops (roots) and grow new green onions in a pot. You can do this indefinitely.
You know the feeling. You just can't eat one more banana and now they're overly ripe. Freeze them. If you have three of them, save them for banana bread. Here's a recipe.
It's hard to believe we have left over desserts, but most recipes make too much for two people. If I can't halve the recipe, I give half away.
Some desserts, like cookies or brownies are easy to freeze and taste fine when thawed.
I discovered I really didn't like canned black beans. Crazy, I know! And I had bought a bunch of them on sale--certain I would like them.
After the first can, the rest went to a food bank.
Orange and lemon peels
I've mentioned this one before. Whenever we eat citrus, I save the peels so I can zest it later for other recipes.
Limes: I've never used lime zest, so I just toss the whole (used) fruit into the garbage disposal. Makes it smell nice and fresh.
Once you've picked that chicken clean, boil it and make chicken broth. MUCH better than the canned stuff. I then pour the broth into an ice cube tray or into small plastic tubs in 1-2 cup servings.
Extra chicken meat: Make chicken salad for the next day. An easy and fast lunch.
Beer and wine
We always add a cup of red wine into our homemade pasta sauce. Really gives it another level of flavor. Beer is good in chili. That might be sacrilege to some folks, but we don't drink enough to polish off an entire bottle in a timely fashion.
Coffee grounds and (crushed) egg shells
Sprinkle them in your garden.
There are only two of us so it's easy to waste food if we're not careful. To make matters worse, we don't always have the same taste in food.
I won't drink beer or Dr. Pepper, and pumpkin pie makes me grimace. Every year I make Greg a pumpkin pie. I've never tasted it, but it must be good because he always asks for one. LOL!
Is your family easy to please at the table or does everyone have different likes and dislikes with the dishes you prepare?
What's your favorite food? Least favorite?
I adore frog legs, and Mexican food.