Momma Cuisine: Amazing Tips to Help 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 it is true that we can’t necessarily control the food waste being thrown in restaurants, fast food chains, and grocery stores, we can definitely control the food waste happening in our home kitchens. 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. For leftover grains and legumes, you can make a quinoa salad, rice salad, or fry it to make some butter. You can add some peas, shredded carrots, bits of leftover ham, and tossing it with oyster sauce or soy sauce to make breakfast fried rice. 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. Leftover lentils can be spread with Mexican seasoning for a bean dip or fry it naturally.
3. Use your creativity and resourcefulness for leftover meats. Thinly slice pork, beef, and chicken, and add them to sandwiches, soups, or salads. For a simple lunch, you can pair your leftover cold roast beef served with mustard to dip and homemade biscuits.
4. Never waste your leftover cereal or oatmeal. Add honey, a dash of cinnamon, eggs, and rice flour to make some patties.
5. It is best to organize your food leftovers. Place your leftovers in mason jars for a plastic-free option. Do not forget to add the date.
6. Store your leftovers in the fridge. 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. 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 food means more food waste so avoid impulsive food buying. It is best to create a list of enough ingredients you will need until your next supermarket day so no food is put to waste, saving you money at the same time.
Momma Cuisine recommends you not to shop in bulk.