Throwing away food

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Throwing away food
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Sun, 09-08-2013 - 5:03pm

My husband and I really don't like to throw away food. Obviously, it hurts the budget to just throw away anything perfectly good that you can and will use again. But...using all the little extra scraps...and being creative is wearing me down. And my tiny little kitchen is overflowing. As I come up with new creative ways to use bacon grease, veggie stock,etc...I have to buy more things to go in that new recipe. And then I have more stuff to use. Since I've become super saver mom, my kitchen and garage are overflowing with food. I HAVE to stop :)

What do you do with extra food?

Dee

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Mon, 09-09-2013 - 9:22am

Hmm, reusing bacon grease huh?  That is one thing I won't do at all.  I'll admit I am not always great about reusing certain things like the stock leftover from the chicken and veggies in the crock pot last week.  DH is a human garbage can, so there are rarely any leftovers left in the fridge that go to waste, between him eating them and me taking them for lunch we do pretty well.  I guess I am not sure what little scraps you're thinking about.

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 09-11-2013 - 12:39am
I'm taking about when you BBQ a chicken and then you are left with scrap meat & bones to make soup. Or like tonight, I had leftover steak from dinner and I made fajitas for lunch tomm. Dee
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 09-12-2013 - 10:12am
Okay, stuff like that, when I menu plan I purposely menu plan for it so I use it up within 2-3 days, or like I mentioned, I will take it for lunch or DH usually eats leftovers for breakfast.
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Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 09-20-2013 - 11:13am

Yum, that is a good idea.  Yesterday on the Today show they had Gisele Bundchen (model) and some man demonstrating how to make 3 meals from one cooked chicken--first there was a chicken & rice dish (probably didn't have much chicken in that), then chicken salad sanwiches in pita and then they did cook the carcass for a soup.  I have to admit that whenever I have bought a rotisserie chicken I have never used the bones to make soup so it's admirable that you do it.  I don't think you have to obssess about it though--if you can find a use for leftovers, that's good.  If we have some leftovers for dinner, I do try to take them for lunch.  My problem is that with only 2 of us in the house, it's sometimes hard to use up food before it goes bad.  Next year when my son goes to college, I'll really have to change the way I shop for only one person.