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Momma Cuisine: Best Tips to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen

The fact is that forty percent of food cooked and prepared in the United States are not consumed and are put to waste, which is really alarming and depressing because hunger and poverty rule in the other parts of the world. While it is true that we can’t necessarily control the food waste being thrown in restaurants, fast food chains, and grocery stores, we can definitely control the food waste happening in our home kitchens. In this article, we will help you reduce your food waste less than forty percent through the tips and tricks to help reduce food waste in your kitchen.

1. Do not waste your leftovers. It doesn’t mean that you just have to reheat it and eat the next meal. It is not a good idea microwaving your leftovers because it will just overcook the food and the food loses its texture.

2. It is a good idea to remake your leftover ideas. For leftover grains and legumes, you can make a quinoa salad, rice salad, or fry it to make some butter. You can add some peas, shredded carrots, bits of leftover ham, and tossing it with oyster sauce or soy sauce to make breakfast fried rice. You will surely be delighted to add leftover grains and legumes to soups and salads. Fry your unique recipe of grain and legumes patties with egg, herbs, and spices in a shallow pan. Leftover lentils can be spread with Mexican seasoning for a bean dip or fry it naturally.

3. Be creative with your leftover meats. These can be added to soups, sandwiches, and salads. You can make a simple lunch with a leftover cold roast beef from last night’s dinner, pairing it with mustard to dip and homemade biscuits.

4. Don’t put your leftover oatmeal or cereal into the trash bin. You can make patties by adding a rice flour with egg and a dash of cinnamon.

5. It is best to organize your food leftovers. Be practical by placing your leftovers in mason jars, and label each jar using a marker on a masking tape. Just make sure not to forget adding the date.

6. Keep your leftovers in the fridge in vacuum sealer roll. Using transparent food containers to store leftover food is better so you can easily what is inside and remember to make good new recipes.

7. One of the best ways to avoid food waste is serving small portions of food to children. Children are too overwhelmed if they are served too much so provide small portions for them to crave more.

8. Always have a plan when buying food. More food means more food waste so avoid impulsive food buying. Create a list of ingredients for a particular week that will be good until your next supermarket shopping.

Momma Cuisine recommends you not to shop in bulk.