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, we will help you reduce your food waste down to forty percent through these tips and tricks for reducing waste in your kitchen.
1. You may reuse your leftovers. Reusing your leftovers does not necessarily mean reheating the food through your microwave oven. Make simple dishes for your leftovers rather than microwaving it which can reduce the taste and texture of the food.
2. Remake your leftovers 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. You can add leftover grains and legumes to soups and salads. Grain patties can be made by adding a little arrowroot powder, herbs, and egg to be fried in a shallow pan. You can fry leftover lentils and add Mexican seasoning.
3. Be creative with your leftover meats. These can be added to soups, sandwiches, and 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.
It is a good idea being organized with your food leftovers. Place your leftovers in mason jars for a plastic-free option. Just make sure not to forget adding the date.
Store your food leftovers on the refrigerator in vacuum sealer roll containers. It is better to use transparent containers to store food in the fridge so you can easily what is inside and remember to make good new recipes with them.
7. Serving in small portions is best for children. Children who are served with one huge serving of food tend to be overwhelmed and ending wasting food, so it is best to have multiple servings instead.
8. Always have a food buying plan. More unnecessary food, more 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.