For many households it has never been more important for the grocery budget to be stretched as far as possible. Food costs are rising almost on a daily basis and every little tip and trick should be used to get the most out of the food you can afford to buy.
Here are some ways to reduce food waste -
* Cream - Any amount of leftover cream getting close to it's use by date can be made into butter Use the marble in a jar method for a small amount or a stand mixer for a larger amount.
* Cheese - Don't let it get hard or mouldy. It should be wrapped it in baking paper and stored in an airtight container. It can also be grated and frozen. Just add a little corn flour and shake so it doesn't stick together.
* Wilted veggies - They make great soup. Add some soup mix, stock or a tin of diced tomatoes and no one will ever know.
* Wrinkly fruit - Stew ( cook ) and make fruit cobbler or jam Some of the best jams I've made are from mixed fruit.
* Stale bread and rolls - Can be made into dried bread crumbs or bread and butter pudding. Store the stale bread in the freezer until you have enough to make one of these items.
* Sweet rolls / buns - Make great bread and butter pudding
* Roasted veggies - Can be made into tasty frittatas, flans or quiches, or put them in a soup for amazing flavour.
* Cooked veggies - Can be added to frittatas, pasta bakes, or blitz and add to spag bol and pasta dishes. Make a soup, add to a casserole or make bubble and squeak.
* Cooked rice -Makes delicious rice pudding and creamed rice. You can freeze leftover rice, or make fried rice.
* Yoghurt - Can be used in smoothies, made into icypoles or frozen for a sweet treat.
* Chicken carcass - Place it in a slow cooker with water and make stock. Strip off the meat and use it with the stock to make a hearty chicken and veggie soup.
|Bread and butter pudding|
|Making mini quiches|