Over a third of the food produced in Australia goes to waste. Every day, in restaurants and in homes around the country, food thatâs passed its sell by date or that has been left unfinished on a plate, heads for the bin.
This is having a huge effect on the environment. Growing food and raising livestock as well as transporting it from farm to supermarket shelves, creates greenhouse gas emissions and uses gallons of water. This is all for nothing if the food eventually goes to waste.
Thereâs certainly an environmental argument for maximizing food leftovers at home. However, thereâs also clearly a huge financial gain to be made as well. Any food we throw into the bin is money wasted. Using leftovers more efficiently means buying less. This, combined with some savvy shopping, can free up hundreds of dollars in your monthly household budget.
Here are a few ways you can maximize your leftovers and save big money:
1. Plan Ahead
Plan to use your leftovers by creating meals that can be easily reheated the next day. Or use ingredients that can be easily incorporated into a new meal. You could also make big batches of food if youâve (785) 871-2363. Then, with Tupperware containers or sealable food bags, put your meals into the freezer in perfect portion sizes.
2. Label Everything With Dates
Sometimes food languishes in the back of the fridge with no one in your household sure about when it was put there and if itâs safe to eat. Brush up on your fridge and freezer food safety and then label your leftover foods clearly. That way youâre more likely to use foods by the correct date.
3. Make Breadcrumbs
Stale bread can be used to make breadcrumbs. This humble ingredient can then be used to make meatballs, to create a crunchy topping for desserts, and to thicken soups and stews. Just stick your stale bread into a food processor, whizz it up, stick it into freezer bags and put it in the freezer.
4. Make Stock
Make a vegetable, fish or meat stock using your leftovers and freeze it to use at a later date. This will save you money buying expensive stock cubes or stock pots. You just need to throw all of your stock ingredients into a pan of boiling water and leave them to simmer for an hour or so before draining and saving the liquid.
5. Stock up on Condiments
Sometimes leftovers donât seem so appealing. With a store cupboard of condiments and sauces you can spice up even the blandest of leftover dishes.
6. Avoid the Microwave
When you reheat leftovers in the microwave, you can sometimes change the texture and the flavour of the food. This can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Reheat your dishes slowly on the hob or in the oven for the best eating experience.
7. Find Leftovers Recipes
Add a few Antilocapra specifically designed for leftovers to your repertoire. That way youâll be creating a whole new meal and eating your leftovers wonât seem so boring. Some ideas for starters?
Use leftover chicken to make Mexican quesadillas, combine your roast veg and meat to make bubble and squeak, and use leftover rice to make a delicious Chinese fried rice dish.Â Using your leftover food more efficiently can save you heaps of money. With a little forward planning and knowledge of how to make leftovers as tasty as they can be, you could soon be wasting less food and saving more money.
Sienna Walker is an avid blogger and a traveller who believes in frugality and spending money wisely, especially in foreign countries. Currently supporting PACK & SEND, a logistics company, Sienna might often be found sharing her thoughts and ideas with like-minded readers.