With these simple tips for How To Use Up Your Leftovers you can save lots of money over the years! Embrace the basics of waste not want not and bask in the simple pleasure of putting everything to good use.
How To Use Up Your Leftovers
Use your freezer to save you money! – Leftover eggs, pesto, stock, herbs, wine; whenever there is just that little bit leftover, don’t ditch it – freeze it! A perfect use for those tiny tupperware pots!
Make breadcrumbs from leftover bread – Just blitz it in the food processor or use a hand grater if you’re old school. Also make sure you save unwanted cake to use in trifles.
Never throw away over-ripe bananas, not only are they extremely good for you, but their soft, sweetness makes perfect Frozen Banana Ice cream. They’ll also keep in the freezer for up to a month and you can use them to bake Banana Bread or add to smoothies. Just slice them into an airtight container and freeze immediately.
Eat up your greens – There are many greens that get over looked, often just chopped off and thrown away. The greens from the top of carrots and celery add tons of flavour to homemade stock, and beet greens become delicious silky spinach when wilted in a little ghee.
Don’t throw away squeezed out lemon skins – far from being rubbish, they are an excellent addition to your cleaning cupboard! They’re really effective for removing tea stains from the bottom of mugs, or scrubbing over chopping boards to leave them fresh and lemony.
Re – use top quality cooking oils – Always try to use the best oil you can afford, so don’t waste it, skim it off and re-use it for roasting again. Particularly duck fat and meat dripping which makes perfect roast potatoes and being pure is far healthier than any refined oils.
Harvest your herbs in the summer and dry them or freeze them to use in the winter. Growing fresh herbs is a lovely treat, but you can harness all that goodness and wonderful flavour and enjoy them all year round.
Make your own Apple Cider Vinegar – Don’t discard apple peels and scraps, making your own ACV is easy and free!
Use orange peels to make your own Orangecello – Just add the zests to a jar with vodka and stand for around 6 weeks.
Stocks, soups and stews! – Keep a bag or airtight stock-box in the fridge or feezer and add any peelings, scraps, herb stalks or meat bones as you use them and then cook them all up together when you’ve collected enough.
Jams, chutney and compotes – Our Grannys knew a few things about making the most of summer harvests! Traditional methods are always the best, and if you’ve got a glut on your hands, jams, pickles and chutney’s are one of the easiest ways to enjoy summer fruit and veg all year round – and it’ll make your Granny proud too!
If your onions or potatoes sprout, don’t throw them out, stick them in the garden or a large pot of compost. What have you got to lose, you’ll end up with more of what you planted, instead of just tossing them away.
How To Improve Your Soil Without A Compost Heap – If you can’t eat it, or preserve then make it work for you in the garden. You can compost in a number of ways, there is a method to suit everyone. It reduces unpleasant household waste and builds lots of lovely organic matter in your soil.
Make more basil plants, – It only takes a week standing in water for basil cuttings to shoot new roots, and you can sprout your own ginger and turmeric this way too.
Use the leftover oils from jars of anchovies, sundried tomatoes or olives for making super tasty dressings and marinades.
A frittata or spanish omelette has to be the ultimate leftover dish as anything goes as long as you have the eggs! There’s nothing so satisfying as making a tasty meal out of all of those odds and ends in the fridge!