No Leftover Left Behind

HEY, you over there yes you what are you doing throwing all that food away.

Food For Thought: Did you know 1 in 7 people are hungry around the world, and 1/3 of food is wasted?

That’s a lot of food that we are wasting daily. Could you imagine how many people you could feed with leftovers? I know a lot of people who will not eat the same thing that they had from the night before and the food will end up sitting in the fridge days at a time each meal piling up day after day. Everything we buy has a shelf life true enough, and I’m not saying eat something that’s been in the fridge for two weeks, but a couple of days won’t hurt. Shelf life is the length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or salable. As a chef let me give you some tips on how to conserve food. First thing first DO NOT THROW IT AWAY LOL, especially if it’s still eatable. Remember that day-old food is still good to eat and sometimes better than when you ate when it was freshly prepared. Me personally the only thing I prefer not to eat as leftovers would be seafood. Only because I really can’t grasp the concept of warmed up fish or shrimp it just doesn’t seem right especially because all seafood has such a delicate texture. Secondly, try recreating a new dish. For Example, leftover baked chicken can easily be turned into chicken tacos or a chicken pot pie. Taking leftovers for lunch the next day is a relatively common thing to do. Not only does it save money, but it’s quick to grab on the way out the door in the morning. See now that sounds good, do I have your attention now? Healthy dinners make for healthy leftover remakes as well. Any grain served for dinner can be turned into a salad with veggies for the next day’s lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Finally, try freezing leftover food to save it for another day. The key to freezing food would be to make sure it’s sealed airtight. Always remember to label anything you put in the freezer so it will be easy to identify what it is. Anything that you freeze is good up to 3 months before it starts showing signs of freezer burn. If you get creative enough, the family may not even realize that they are eating the same thing! Remember no leftovers left behind.

Now let’s make some Majic!!!!

“Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart”.

– Thomas Fuller

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