Using Up Those Leftovers
Contributed by: Cyndi Roberts of 1 Frugal Friend 2 Another
Managing leftovers is a challenge we all face!
Throwing food away is just like throwing money
away. With a little time,organization and using
a little ingenuity, leftovers can be dealt with
Be sure to refrigerate leftovers promptly and
use them within one or two days or freeze.
If you have any doubt about whether a food is
still safe to eat, throw it out!
Keep your leftovers in a section of your fridge
that you designate only for leftovers. Then it's
easy to see what you have.
Leftover meat like roast beef, turkey or chicken
can easily be used in sandwiches for tomorrow's
lunch. Or it can be chopped, frozen and used
in a casserole later in the week.
Leftover ham makes great ham salad or you can
use it to make ham and bean soup.
Leftover onions, green peppers can be chopped and
sealed in zipper-top bags and kept in the freezer.
It's economical and time-saving, too. Next time
you need chopped onions, just pull a bag out of
Leftover bread can be used to make bread pudding.
If your family doesn't eat the heels of a loaf of
bread, keep a bag in the freezer and add the heels
until you have enough.
Favorite Bread Pudding
- 3 cups soft bread crumbs
- 2 cups milk, scalded with 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg
Place bread crumbs in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Stir remaining ingredients together and pour
over bread crumbs, mixing well.
Place baking dish in pan of hot water (water
should be about 1" deep) and bake in preheated
350 degree oven for 40 - 45 minutes.
Test for doneness by inserting a knife 1 inch
from edge - it should come out clean.
Bread can also be used to make croutons. Just cut
the bread into cubes. Toss with melted butter,
seasoned salt, parmesan cheese, and whatever other
seasonings you like. Bake in a 300 degree oven
till the cubes are golden brown.
Use these croutons to top salads or casseroles or
even as a snack.
If you have leftover mashed potatoes, besides the
obvious potato cakes, try this: Fry an egg and
serve over a warm mound of mashed potatoes. Makes
a different kind of supper.
Make a meal from leftovers seem special by adding
homemade rolls or biscuits. Or serve along with
a family favorite side dish or salad.
"They take great pride in making their dinner cost much;
I take my pride in making my dinner cost so little."
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Cyndi Roberts is the editor of the "1 Frugal Friend 2 Another"
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