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Use It Up, Don't Throw It Out
Sun 20-Jun-10
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Shereen
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This thread is a blatant steal from one over on The Moneysaving Expert forum, but I thought it would be nice to kick it off here. This is a smaller, friendlier forum, it's easier to keep up with and has more than proved its worth regarding all things foodie.

There's been a lot of press coverage regarding the amount of food wasted in the UK these days. I don't expect many folk here contribute much to the food waste mountain. What I'm hoping for is a thread full of inspiration for using up leftovers and 'past its best' food.

The banana cake is a tried and tested method for using up over-ripe bananas. I made one last weekend with a recipe from this very Forum.

When I made the creamy pasta dinner last week, I chopped up some leftover baby boiled potatoes, fried them til they were crispy and mixed them through the sauce.

And tonight I'm turning some overripe plums and cherries into a sweet-spicy sauce to go with the roast pork belly we're having for dinner. The joint is roasting on some 'past their best' apple slices.

On the downside I threw out a few slices of bread that had gone mouldy.

What have you used up recently? Have you found any creative ways of using leftovers? Join in here and share them with your fellow Forumites with pride.

 

Sun 20-Jun-10
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We don't have much 'leftover' food in our house. When we roast a chicken we usually get 3 days of eating out of it - chicken breast first day, then curry,pasta, risotto or salad with the remaining meat. The bones get used to make stock.

Vegetable scraps usually go on the compost heap but things like parsley stalks or the tough outer skins on leeks often get frozen and used when I next make a stock.

OH doesn't like omelettes but the tortilla/fritatta used to be a favourite way of using up excess potatoes or cooked veg.

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Mon 21-Jun-10
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If I have made too much for one meal (common enough as I still haven't got used to cooking for two, even though we have been childless for about 3 years now Embarassed), I often stick a stock cube and extra water and use it to make a soup for lunch.

Potatoes get used up for potato scones sometimes but often just fried because I like fried mashed potato with a bit of balsamic vinegar and salt.

Tomato paste and a few more veggies also ekes out a previous meal to go with pasta and the likes.

Mon 21-Jun-10
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Tonight we had bolognese for dinner. There wasn't a whole lot of mince so I took the 2 slices of leftover pork belly from last nght, trimmed them well, fried them til they were crispy and added them to the tomato sauce base.

The mouldy third of butternut squash that was hiding at the back of the fridge has gone into the brown bin.

Mon 21-Jun-10
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We had too much creamy mash potato left over - so for lunch next day was fried till crispy edge, topped with a fried egg, served with newly cooked gammon plus tomato - and of course, with fresh crusty French bread.

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Tue 22-Jun-10
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Ooh - I like this thread.  I live on my own and am RUBBISH at cooking for one, plus some stuff like soup or a casserole it isn't really practical to make a one person serving.  I shall be interested to see what comes on here.

My contribution today is that I shall be making cauliflower and blue cheese soup and that's because the blue cheese is rather 'mature' now and I'm not such a fan of blue cheese when it's really strong so using in a soup helps temper the flavour and no need to throw it out.  Smile

I always freeze bread now and take out slices when I need it.  If it's not presliced I slice and bag before putting in freezer.  I got fed up of feeding more to the ducks than I was getting.  Big_Laugh

Tue 22-Jun-10
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Another 'live-aloner'!  There seem to be quite a few of us here.  I don't have a freezer but buy small loaves of bread so none ever goes to waste.  I love the idea of fried mash with egg on top, maybe a bit of bacon if I have some in.  That's a great idea BS, thank you.  Star

I'll try that again!

Tue 22-Jun-10
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Ruthdigs said:

Ooh - I like this thread.  I live on my own and am RUBBISH at cooking for one, plus some stuff like soup or a casserole it isn't really practical to make a one person serving.  I shall be interested to see what comes on here.


 I found the secret Ruth....I live on my own on a hill Bulgaria and my secret is to use my slow cooker.  I put whatever meat is to hand probably enough for two servings with a few veg, tomato puree, oxo cube maybe a little red wine and let it stew all day.  Living alone it is sometimes hard to drum up the enthusiasm so if I do it in the morning when my mind is fresh then I don't have to think about it when I'm hungry or decided I'm past the hunger stage....and settle for a sandwich. 

Freeze what's left or stick it in the fridge and warm it up for the next day...works for meBig_LaughBig_Laugh

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Tue 22-Jun-10
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WaveI too keep bread in the freezer and just take out a couple of slices when needed.  I use the slow cooker too to make larger quantities and freeze in bags.  I often totally transform left overs, adding bits and pieces from the fridge and different herbs and spices.  It's  always quite interesting, but please never ask me to make it againWhistle   However I often give potato or pasta leftovers  to the hens and ducks just because they love them.

 

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This is a combination of "What are you cooking today" & "Use It Up, Don't Throw It Out".

Today we had small leftover lasagne for lunch, with a portion of a loaf from the freezer.

Tonight we will have leftover beef stew (although with fresh veggies).

Tomorrow, it'll be lasagne again which was assembled at the same time as the first lasagne, using up all the leftover constituents of the original.

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Wed 23-Jun-10
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I've been toying with the idea of buying a slow cooker but came to the conclusion that as I don't eat meat I really don't need one. 

Whenever making a big batch of stuff I'll freeze single portions for later dates or work lunches.

I think having a decent selection of herbs, spices etc in the cupboard can help.  As Danast said it can totally transform things, even the tired leftovers or scrag ends of veg in the bottom of the fridge.  Smile

Wed 23-Jun-10
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I used up a salad from one day, added a half a mushroom stock cube, some dried mushrooms, water and milk and the reult was a rather nice soupI_am_Hungry

Wed 23-Jun-10
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I use up the odd bottles of wine in soups, casseroles, chilli con carnes, spaghetti bolognaise and most other things that spring to mind...Wouldn't do to throw it away now would it.......such a waste.....WhistleWhistle

 

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Thu 24-Jun-10
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See, I just knew you guys would be excellent and creative at using up leftovers.

I will be keeping an eye on this thread for inspiration. Like the crispy fried leftover potatoes topped with egg Ok Although "leftover potato" is a bit of an alien concept for G.

Thu 24-Jun-10
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ep said:

I use up the odd bottles of wine in soups, casseroles, chilli con carnes, spaghetti bolognaise and most other things that spring to mind...Wouldn't do to throw it away now would it.......such a waste.....WhistleWhistle

 

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you mean you have wine left over Doh you disappoint me ,i thought you were more conscientious than that young lady ,see me after class ,for extra instruction in arm bending and associated swigging WhistleBig_Laugh

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