Monday, May 3, 2010

Grains, Dairy, Herbs, and other Liquids

Grains:
Make croutons out of day-old bread.

Turn day-old bread into homemade bread crumbs.

Freeze bread; even if it's old it can be made into croutons and bread crumbs later.

A little bit of pasta left or lots of broken pieces. Mix them with rice and veggies for a side dish.

Use a the remaining oatmeal on top of yogurt.

Add chopped bread to a soup. It will dissolve and thicken it.

Made too many pancakes or waffles? They can be frozen and then put in the toaster for a weekday breakfast.

Any extra brown or white rice from dinner, mix it in your oatmeal the next morning to add more fiber in your diet.

Kids don't like the crust? Throw it in the freezer and then later add it to the food processor or coffee grinder to make bread crumbs.

Have a little leftover baby cereal in the box? Add it to your baby's pureed fruit.

Dairy:
Got different chunks of cheese left. Make Mac N' Cheese.

Eggs can be frozen. Break them, mix the yolks and whites together and pour into an ice cube tray. Two frozen egg cubes is the equivalent of one large egg.

Use cream cheese in mashed potatoes or white sauces to give them thickness and tang.

Herbs:
Chop herbs and add them to ice cube trays with just a little water. Drop whole cubes into the pan when a recipe calls for them.

You can also freeze herbs by placing them in plastic containers. Certain herbs, such as basil will turn black but the flavor will be the same.

Make pesto with extra basil or parsley.

Dry herbs by hanging them by their stems in a cool dry location. Once they're dry, remove them from the stems and store them in airtight containers.

Other Liquids:
Leftover coffee? Freeze it in ice cube trays. Use the cubes for ice coffee or to cool down too-hot coffee. You can do the same with leftover tea.

If there's a splash or two of wine left in the bottle, use it to de-glaze pans to add flavor to whatever you're cooking. (It's awesome with mushrooms and onions)

You can also freeze broth or stock in ice cube trays, and use a cube or two whenever you make a pan sauce or gravy.

I freeze left over broth or stock when I make chicken or a roast in the crock pot. Then I use it to make soups or stews later.

If there's a just of honey left in the bottom of a jar, add a squeeze or two of lemon juice and swish it around. The lemon juice will loosen up the honey, and you have the perfect addition to a cup of tea.

Just a tiny bit of spaghetti sauce in the jar? We add a tiny bit of water and swish it around and add to the other spaghetti sauce simmering. The access water will burn off and you will have less of the jar to clean out. (We use our jars for grease.)

And if all else fails, compost it. Everything except meat and dairy will compost which can be used in your flower beds or pots or veggie gardens.

I hope that you got an idea or two of how to save money by using all of your food. Did you know that the average American family thows out over $600 of fruit per year? Most of the food we waste is due to spoilage; we're buying too much and using too little of it. That's why I've featured several ways to get more bang for your food buck.

1 comment:

  1. How'd I miss this? Great tips! I see at least one that we do here, the others are nice to know.

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