Nothing is worse than preparing for a meal only to find that the food you thought you were going to use has gone bad. This happens to me more times than I can count, and just recently I decided that was enough. There are many things that, despite my best intentions, I may realize I can’t finish before the expiration date. It might be milk, yogurt, salad, fruits, veggies, or – you get the idea.
Wasting is no longer an acceptable option for me. I’m actually embarrassed to say that for a time it was. I didn’t waste because I wanted to. I simply felt overwhelmed by the amount of food needed to be eaten before x date, and so I did nothing. I let it sit there. And eventually I tossed it.
Well, not anymore. Being a good steward of money means being resourceful with what I have! So today I took inventory of my fridge. And I here’s what I did with just a few of the items.
Fruit: Strawberries, Apples, Blueberries, Bananas
I made a fruit salad! (Okay I did this a couple days ago. So don’t mind the apple browning!) Simple enough of an idea right? The bananas were ripening faster than I could eat them. A couple of the strawberries had started to mush. (Not to worry, I cut that part off.) And the apples and blueberries just needed to be eaten! And for some reason all of these fruits are tastier blended together!
*Another great solution for bananas is banana bread! If I don’t have enough at the time for banana bread, I’ll freeze them to either use in smoothies or as that extra banana or two when I do make banana bread.
Still more strawberries!
Yes, even still, we had more strawberries. I went strawberry happy at the store. So I cut them up and put them in a freezer safe Ziploc. These will be used in smoothies! If you have frozen fruit for smoothies, then you don’t need ice!
I buy tubs of organic greens from Walmart. Usually we do go through it all, as this makes a few side salads for us. But this time we didn’t. Knowing that the arugula would go bad and that we need to eat our greens, I googled to find a solution for salvaging this arugula. And guess what I came up with – pesto!
I found a recipe that only called for things I actually had on hand. And presto! Pesto!
Pretty, huh? It was also delicious to eat!
I pour any remaining yogurt into ice cube trays and freeze it. It’s perfect for smoothies! It’s also a great dog treat! Yes, you can give yogurt to dogs.
Again, I pour the remaining bottle into ice cube trays and freeze it. This is great for those recipes you have that require white wine, especially when you don’t want to open a new bottle!
I admit. I have not done this yet. But sometime when I have remaining milk that I know we can’t get to, I want to make my own yogurt! I’ve seen it done on From Blah to Ta-Daa and want to try it myself!
UPDATE: I have now made this several times, and it’s fabulous! Check out my success here. (Tutorial to come!)
*Tip: I label everything! I use a permanent marker on the Ziploc. And the tupperware is labeled with a dry-erase marker. I always make sure to include the date too – just in case!
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