Step Five: Learn to use up your leftovers
Back in my bad old days of throwing away two bags of food a week, leftovers were just a way of stalling the throwing out of food. I dutifully stored food in airtight containers loudly promising that they’d be thrown into a recipe and used, knowing full well, that in a day or two they’d just end up in the bin.
Part of this was because I was never really confident about using leftovers. I was particularly uncomfortable with the idea of reheating foods, scared I might just give my family a nasty case of food poisoning.
With the help of some fantastic websites though I have learned what you can refrigerate and freeze (practically anything), how long for, and then how to reheat or cook it safely. Throughout our website you’ll see that our newest recipes always come with tips for how to store leftovers correctly.
In the meantime, websites I use regularly to help me determine what I can keep and how include:
Still Tasty – with lots of info about how long to keep thousands of different foods
Love Food Hate Waste – for recipes using leftovers
You can also browse our small, but growing list of recipes for ideas on how to use up your leftovers.
So, that’s it. I hope you’ll find these five steps useful and that they’ll help you on your way to cutting back on the amount of food you throw out, and also put a little more money back in your wallet in 2016.