Momma Cuisine: Best Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen
About forty percent of food in the United States go to waste, which is very alarming 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 thrown in restaurants and grocery stores, we can definitely control the food waste occurring in our homes. In this article, we will help you reduce your food waste less than forty percent through the tips and tricks to help reduce food waste in your kitchen.
1. It is a good idea reusing your leftovers. Reusing your leftovers does not necessarily mean reheating the food through your microwave oven. Make simple dishes for your leftovers rather than microwaving it which can reduce the taste and texture of the food.
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. You can fry leftover lentils and add Mexican seasoning.
You can do great recipes with leftover meats. Thinly slice pork, beef, and chicken, and add them to sandwiches, soups, or salads. You can make a simple lunch with a leftover cold roast beef from last night’s dinner, pairing it 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.
It is a good idea being organized with your food 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. Store your leftovers in the fridge. Use transparent containers to see the food inside because if you don’t see them, the food will likely go to waste.
7. One of the best ways to avoid food waste is serving small portions of food to children. Children are too overwhelmed if they are served too much so provide small portions for them to crave more.
8. Always have a food buying plan. More food means more food waste so avoid impulsive food buying. 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.