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Momma Cuisine: Best Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen

It is really alarming knowing the fact that forty percent of food in the United States is out to waste, and there are millions of people dying of hunger and poverty every year. 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 down to forty percent through these tips and tricks for reducing waste in your kitchen.

1. You may reuse your leftovers. It doesn’t mean that you just have to reheat it and eat the next meal. It is not a good idea microwaving your leftovers because it will just overcook the food and the food loses its texture.

2. Remake your leftover techniques and ideas. A good idea to experiment with your leftover grains and legumes include frying to make some butter, making a quinoa salad, or rice salad. 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. Add Mexican seasoning to leftover lentils to create a bean dip or just fry it up.

You can do great recipes with leftover meats. Thin slices of beef, chicken or pork can make a delicious recipe for soups, salads, and sandwiches. 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. Don’t put your leftover oatmeal or cereal into the trash bin. Make a simple snack for your kids by adding rice flour, eggs, honey, and a dash of cinnamon to make some patties.

5. Be organized with your leftovers. Be practical by placing your leftovers in mason jars, and label each jar using a marker on a masking tape. Just make sure not to forget adding the date.

6. Store your leftovers in the fridge. It is better to use transparent containers to store food in the fridge so you can easily what is inside and remember to make good new recipes with them.

7. Serving in small portions is best for children. Children are too overwhelmed if they are served too much so provide small portions for them to crave more.

8. Always have a plan when buying food. You might be shopping for too much perishable ingredients that is converted to food waste. Create a list of ingredients for a particular week that will be good until your next supermarket shopping.

Momma Cuisine recommends you not to shop in bulk.