How to Save Money by Using Leftover Ingredients will help you put money in the bank instead of the trash can. Think of all the money you would save if you used up all your food.
“I’m frugal. I’m not a very acquisitive woman. I never waste food. If you prepare your own food, you engage with the world; it tastes alive.” – Vivienne Westwood
The average American household throws out over $640 per year in food waste. Why not save a ton of money and use up all those leftover ingredients or freeze them for future use?
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We are all guilty of wasting food, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By simply strategizing how you’re going to use any leftover ingredients, you’ll have more money in the bank and feel good about using up everything you buy.
Here’s How to Save Money by Using Leftover Ingredients :
1) Egg yolks.
There are so many recipes that call only for egg whites only. Here are some ideas on what to do with just the yolk.
If you’re not going to be using your egg yolks right away, you can freeze them. Make sure you prick the egg yolk and add a dash of salt to two yolks if you are using them for savory recipes or 3/4 teaspoon of sugar for sweet recipes.
2) Egg whites.
What about those recipes that you only use the yolk? Here are some ideas on what to do with only the egg whites:
Angel food cake
Icing for cookies
Egg whites freeze well. The easiest way to freeze egg whites is to put one egg white in each ice cube compartment and once they’re frozen, pop them out and put them in a plastic freezer bag. Make sure you date the bag.
3) Hard boiled eggs.
When your boiling eggs for a recipe, you might as well boil a few more and have them ready to use.
Egg salad for one
Hard boiled eggs don’t freeze well at all.
4) Sour cream
Now I can’t imagine anyone having any leftover sour cream because it’s one of my favorite things, but just in case, here are a few ideas:
Sauce – add it to a sauce to make it extra rich and delicious for chicken, pasta or even to top vegetables
Waffles or pancakes
Cakes or cookies
Flavored sandwich spread
Twice baked potatoes
Sour cream separates when frozen, so it won’t have the same texture once it’s thawed. It’s best to use it up right away in a recipe.
You can easily freeze buttermilk too. Just measure out the buttermilk into tablespoon portions and freeze in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, put the cubes in a plastic freezer bag and date it.
Dry bread crumbs
Soft bread crumbs
You can always freeze your leftover bread too. Just make sure it is frozen fresh and not stale.
7) Cooked Rice
Meatloaf or meatballs
Cooked rice freezes well. Let rice cool completely in refrigerator before freezing.
8) Cooked pasta
You can freeze cooked pasta, just make sure you add a bit of olive oil to the pasta and then freeze. Cook the pasta al dente before freezing for best results.
9) Cooked beans & lentils
Let beans or lentils cool completely before freezing. Portion out the beans or lentils and mark how many cups are in each bag.
10) Cooked meat
Cooked meat freezes well.
Potatoes do lose some of their texture if frozen. Make sure you mash the potatoes and add a bit of fat before freezing for best results. It’s best to use the cooked potatoes in other recipes instead of freezing.
12) Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potato pancakes
Sweet potatoes freeze well if baked or boiled.
Veggie or bean burgers
Oatmeal also holds up well after freezing. Just place oatmeal in a muffin tin until frozen and pop out and place in a freezer bag.
13) Fresh herbs
Homemade sausage patties
Herb roasted potatoes
You can freeze herbs in ice-cube trays. Make sure you add either olive oil or melted butter.
14) Jam or jelly
Sauce for chicken
Stuffed French toast
Topping with cheese and crackers
Cottage cheese topping
Sweeten hot tea
Ice cream topping
Jam or jelly can be frozen in ice cube trays too. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and store in a freezer bag.
15) Coconut cream or coconut milk
Fruity coconut popsicles
Creamer for coffee
Freeze coconut cream or coconut milk in ice cube trays and place frozen cubes in a freezer bag for storage.
wine cubes for sparkling water
Fish with Wine sauce
Poached pear with wine sauce
You can also freeze wine in ice-cube trays and place the frozen cubes in freezer bags.
The best way to freeze leftover ingredients is to use a silicone ice-cube or muffin tray. Measure out how much you put in the trays by using measuring spoons and cups. Simply pop out the frozen item and store in freezer bags so they’re handy when a recipe calls for that ingredient.
We’ve reached the end of How to Save Money by Using Leftover Ingredients. I hope you enjoyed it.
Let me know in the comments below what are your favorite ways are to use leftover ingredients or if you tried any of the ideas.
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