How to turn your everyday leftovers into dishes that are more delicious
I recently read a study that households in England and Wales throw 3.6m tonnes of food each year; that households across the UK dispose of nearly £10.2 billion avoidable food wastes annually! The study also mentioned that about £1 billion worth of food disposed were actually still “in date” or has not yet reached their expiration. That is a lot of food and a lot of money thrown away don’t you agree? Although this research was conducted in the UK, I can imagine that many countries all over the world are also facing the same food wastage problem.
Reading this study made me think about what we can do to reduce food wastes.
As a result, I have come up with several tips and recipes to help you turn your everyday household leftovers into even more delicious dishes! Not only will you be putting new dishes into your dinner menu, but by using leftovers, you will also be reducing your food costs. You will be surprised with the savings that you would be able to make!
Until next time!
Your Tita Kathy,
Whenever you cook chicken, save the scraps such as skin, tips of wings, the gizzard, and any bones from the chicken as you can use these to make a nice meat stock or bouillon. I have also noticed many people removing and disposing of the breastbone when they just need the chicken fillet. Try to keep the breastbone in your freezer until you may need it to make a soup base or stock. Similar to chicken you may also use beef bones, and other seafood scraps like shrimp or lobster heads to create a tasty stock for your soup dishes.
If you have some leftover fried meat, like chicken or pork chop, you can slice them into small pieces and sauté them with vegetables. Along with some chopped onions and garlic, the meat will add a savory flavour to your stir-fried vegetable dish.
Leftover rice does not have to be thrown out. You can reuse it to make different variations of fried rice. You can just add some soy sauce or fish sauce, sauté it with fried garlic bits and other vegetables to turn it into a dynamic dish. You can even use old rice to make arroz caldo (read my recipe for Arroz Caldo here) or porridge.
If your bread has been sitting in the pantry for a while and has dried out, do not throw it away yet. There are a million ways to reinvent it into a new dish. One, you can opt to make breakfast food. Many chefs agree that dry or stale bread is best when cooking French toast because it absorbs the custard mixture more. Another option is to make bread pudding. In Filipino cuisine, leftover bread is commonly used to make bread pudding. Alternatively, if you cannot come up with anything new, you can always keep them for the next time you need breadcrumbs or croutons for your salads.
Some of us use egg yolks to make our favourite desserts like leche flan (read my recipe of leche flan here). Often the egg whites are thrown away. Instead of disposing them, you can use the egg whites to make other delicious desserts like brazo de Mercedes (read my recipe here) and canonigo.