Ideas for using up Christmas leftovers
As the holidays approach, every housewife carefully plans what to bake and cook for her family. Lunches and multi-course meals await Christmas goers, not to mention heavenly desserts. However, we tend to count ourselves sometimes, and even on the 27th we still eat leftovers.
As many houses, as many habits – also in the kitchen. Everyone cooks differently, we keep different aspects in mind when planning the menu, shopping, preparing and baking for family and friends. At Christmas, we prepare a little more food to keep for the next day, so that we don’t have to spend the party in the kitchen.
However, we tend to overestimate ourselves – we end up with a few more scraps, which we suddenly don’t know what to do with. And when we eat the leftovers, with less enthusiasm than three days before, we think what to do with the food. Because we don’t want to throw it away, we can’t give everything to the dog.
Vegetable and fruit peels, as well as dried or browned fruit, can be easily recycled. In the composter, plant waste can be turned into black, nutrient-rich humus. With the help of this, the house plants and our small garden can be more beautiful, but we can also give them to neighbors and friends.
The simplest solution: put the chilled food in boxes, label them, and they can go in the freezer. You can also store soups and sauces this way, but you can also freeze seasonal vegetables and cakes in a plastic bag, so you can take them out later, defrost them and eat them when you don’t don’t have the mood or the idea of what to cook.
Let’s organize a smash party
If you already see that there is a lot of food left after the holidays, let’s choose a small sample of it for the neighbors or family members and friends. We can even take our choice of cake to them during the Christmas visit, but we can also arrange a super crumb party at someone’s house between the two holidays.
Let’s think again
- Some foods are excellent for making other dishes. This can be, for example, the poppy seed bagel, which can also be eaten as a fake poppy seed dough with a little vanilla sauce poured over it with hot milk. The rice can be thrown with some vegetables, or fried, or beaten with two eggs, and the slightly oriental side dish is ready. You can make rice balls from it, or you can also put it in a stuffed pepper – with a little thought, you will surely find in what form we can renew your leftover rice.
- There is not much to do with fried potatoes, but boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes can still be recycled. We can make potato cakes from it, or we can “refresh” the side dish by running it on a little oil (with red onion). But when crushed, it can even be an excellent ingredient for salty muffins.
- The stews can be used to make a super soup with fresh vegetables and potatoes, or the meat can be minced and put on pasta or pizza as a topping. The remaining cabbage can also be used again as a soup, pour the water over it and add carrots and parsley.
It is important that before we reuse the individual scrap, we think about whether it is possible. Do not experiment with foods that spoil faster, because you can easily spoil yourself. But what is still edible can be used to make a great lunch or dinner, which is still different from the dishes we ate in the previous days.
10 fantastic ideas so that kitchen scraps don’t go to waste
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