Post # 1
Chocolate chip banana bread = best solution ever for uneaten bananas gone “bad”… hah! almost incentive to skip my 5 servings of fruit/veg 🙂
I absolutely hate throwing food out because its such a waste of money! Banana bread is my favorite “save” (particularly when I have chocolate chips in the house, can’t wait until its out of the oven!), but I have a few other tricks to cut down on food waste too. I plan out my meals to use all of one veggie over 2-3 days rather than throwing part of it out (like if I only need half an onion for tacos, I plan to make something else to use half the onion later that week). I also portion out meat and freeze it when it is on sale so that I’m not forced to use an entire package of chicken on a meal that really only requires half a package. I also have a tendency to throw whatever leftover things I might have onto a salad (nuts, seeds, french’s onions, cut up veggies, dried fruit, etc)
What are your tricks for using food that would otherwise go bad?
Post # 3
Darling Husband leaves bananas on purpose so that I have to make banana bread for him I do the same as you, if I see meat on sale (chicken breasts in particular come on sale half price every couple months at our grocery store) I buy up TONS and package it up in smaller portions in Press N Seal and freeze it.
If we have veggies in the fridge that we haven’t used yet and seem to be close to on their way out, we’ll chop them up and throw them in a baggie in the freezer for using in stir frys.
I also have a few really great magazines that have a “master recipe” for a pork, chicken, or beef, and then 20-30 other recipes that use the master recipes as their base, so it can be shredded chicken tacos, or on a salad, etc. It keeps it interesting without it feeling like “oh no, left overs again….”.
I also throw our left over bread bums (heels? Whatever you call them, we call them bread bums, lol!) out on our back deck for the squirrels and birds. It’s entertainment for the cats 🙂
Post # 4
Corgi, I feel if we met, we’d be friends instantly. I LOVE my breadmaker!! I can’t stand throwing out food either. Right now I’m living off of the BirdsEye steamer bags (it’s like $3 for one bag) and Lowe’s foods Probiotic yogurt. Such a change for me (I’m a junk food junkie for REAL – OMG I LOVE chocolate and can NEVER turn it down!!) butt these two are my compromise for healthy eating, and so far, so good!
Post # 6
I usually make banana nut muffins with old bananas. We also freeze strawberries for smoothies later!
Post # 7
If I have extra veggies, I just throw them into the next thing I make that they would go decently in even if it’s not in the ingredient list.
And lot of times, I don’t exactly follow the recipe (if it says “1/2 cup onion”, I’ll just use the whole onion) so that cuts down on random leftover produce.
Leftover fruit = smoothie time!
And our pets help out too. We have 3 dogs and a guinea pig; so raw meat on the verge of going bad that we don’t want to eat, the dogs eat (they eat a raw diet anyway); and the guinea pig gets the veggies that are looking a little past their prime. So at least it doesn’t get wasted.
Post # 8
I keep a tupperware container in the freezer compartment. I throw in bits of leftovers vegetables, the tops of celery, meats etc to make soup at a later date.
Did you know that if you don’t have the time or inclination to make banana bread to use up bananas, or if there is a greeat buy on over ripe ones at the market, you can just throw them in the freezer? When you do want to make banana bread, just thaw them for a few minutes and squeeze the fruit out of the peel.
Post # 9
@julies1949: I take them out of the peel before I put them in the freezer. I just wrap them really well in Saran wrap before I freeze them. I found freezing them in the peel got kind of messy when I squeezed it out.
Post # 10
@julies1949: good tip but i usually don’t need too much encouragement to make banana bread 😉
Post # 11
These are some great ideas! I HATE throwing away food, but it seems inevitable since I live alone. These will definitely help me. Thanks!
Post # 12
egg bakes/fritattas made in muffin tins. Easy breakfast on the go and any leftover veggies, cheese, meats, herbs can go in them. Make a dozen and its breakfast for the week. throw it on a piece of toast for a breakfast sandwich.
I do all the above already mentioned too. Soups are the best. I usually just add whatever is in the fridge to what i am making. I rarely follow recipes to the letter so I dont have much leftovers that I worry about.
I save all bones in the freezer and veggie ents though for stocks.
Also, my #1 way to use up “stuff”… turn it into a salad. I put everything on salads
Feed it to FH 🙂
Post # 13
Some how we rarely have left over fruits or vegetables- but we always plan our weekly meals on Sunday so we don’t have extra. It doesn’t allow us much flexibility when it comes to meal time but it means less food is wasted- though we do have a couple sausages in the freezer that I’m sure will go bad before we make risotto again.