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Our refrigerator is always full of leftover food. I cook at home for most of our meals, and I am used to cooking for a large family. That means that I sometimes miscalculate how much food we will really need in the end.
How can I use leftover food and stop food waste in my home? This is every homemaker’s dilemma. It requires being creative with your leftovers and determined to use them one way or another.
I hate wasting food, and it always leaves me feeling guilty when I have to throw food away. That’s money down the drain!
Here are some ways to use leftover food that isn’t bad yet but will be soon:
- Use old mayonnaise to shine stainless steel appliances. It sounds disgusting,but the oil content really makes stainless steel shine!
- Did your brown sugar turn into a brick? Bring it back to life with your blender! Just blend it up to loosen it.
- You can use expired pasta and cereal in art projects with your kids.
- Are your veggies about to go bad? Chop them and throw them in the freezer! Then you can easily add them to soups or even improve some cheap and easy ramen with them.
- You can use Greek yogurt that is past it’s prime as a face mask. The lactic acid will exfoliate dead soon cells gently. Just mix it 2 to 1 with honey. Then apply it to your face and let sit a few minutes.
- Use stale bread to create croutons or to make breading for chicken and pork chops.
- Overly ripe avocado isn’t great to eat, but it is the perfect treatment for your hair.
- Use berries in smoothies, jams or preserves.
- Squeeze all lemons and limes and save the juice by freezing it in ice cube trays.
- Use up milk with baking projects or a batch of hot chocolate. And slightly soured milk can be used as an alternative for buttermilk, so you can make some biscuits!
- Everyone knows this one: turn overripe bananas into banana bread!
- Ground coffee is great for face scrubs! Used on their own with some water or when mixed with milk, you will reveal beautiful skin with this scrub.
- Turn fruit into fruit leather by dehydrating their puree.
- Old eggs can’t be used whole, but if you keep the shells you can use them crushed up to improve your garden soil.
- Turn peanut butter into protein bars with some oats, nuts, and dried berries.
How do you use food that’s about to expire?
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