Fridge Full of Leftover Food? 7 Ways to use them up!
Wasting food is not just an annoyance, it’s also wasting money. How many times have you opened the fridge only to find a bunch of leftover foods that are about to go bad? Too many, I am going to guess!
FREEZE LEFTOVERS FOR ANOTHER TIME
If you don’t have the time to completely reinvent a meal, or you want to use the leftovers for a later date, then you can freeze them.
TAKE YOUR LEFTOVERS TO LUNCH
Leftovers for lunch may not seem exciting but it is effective! If you have leftovers from dinner the night before then the next day is a perfect opportunity to pack them for your and your family’s lunches.
HAVE A NIGHT DEDICATED TO LEFTOVERS
As we have mentioned previously, picky eaters and leftovers are age-old enemies, but there are several ways to change that for your family! The first is to have a night dedicated to leftovers that allows your family to enjoy a new tradition with each other but gives a new spin to the meals.
If your leftovers have been forgotten in the fridge for a little too long, and are now spoiled then you can still gain use from them other than just shoving them in your garbage to end up in the landfill. You can compost them! Food scraps and leftovers are great for composting as they provide fertilizer and nutrients to the soil for plants to grow.
PLAN MEAL PORTIONS
If you don’t want to deal with having leftovers at all then you can start by planning out meal portions for you and your family. If you notice your family is wasting large portions of their meals then you can start to track the amount that everyone eats so you can portion meals accordingly.
According to current statistics from Feeding America, 108 billion pounds of food is wasted in the United States alone, every single year. This equates to about 161 billion dollars worth of food that is simply thrown out by households, and other stops along the production chain.