Momma Cuisine: Great Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen
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. It is a good idea reusing 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 leftovers ideas. You can fry to make some butter, make a quinoa salad, or rice salad for leftover grains and legumes. 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 will surely be delighted to add leftover grains and legumes to soups and salads. 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. Be creative with your leftover meats. Thin slices of beef, chicken or pork can make a delicious recipe for soups, salads, and sandwiches. For a simple lunch, you can pair your leftover cold roast beef served with mustard to dip and homemade biscuits.
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. Do not forget to add 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. Children are too overwhelmed if they are served too much so provide small portions for them to crave more.
8. Have a food shopping 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.
Momma Cuisine recommends you not to shop in bulk.