Food is a big deal in my house. It’s a big deal in my head, too. It’s kinda the one thing I need that I can control a bit and other times am completely at the will of nature and big ag.
So, inorder to use as much of what I do have, that’s liked by the kids & being eaten, I try to take scraps from meals to make a new meal. It saves some money . Mostly tho, it makes me feel like I am not wasting something so precious as real organic food.
My little disclaimer: don’t get yourself sick with eating old food. Mkay!
Vegetable scraps – vegetable stock . save up the vegetable peels & greens all in a bowl during day, put them in a pot of water at night while your cooking dinner & simmer. I use it to make soups Or even a type of gravy for potatoes.
(add chicken bones or carcass next day from chicken dinner & make chicken noodle soup or chicken & dumplings).
soured milk- bakery I learned this from a cool girl who came from a large family. Her mom used o have all the kids dump their old milk at the bottom of the cereal bowl (cereal included) into a container & stored it in the fridge. By the weekend, you’ve got enough milk & cereal for some yummy muffins!
Only person in our house who drinks milk and caffeine is our husband & guests. Just soured half & half for coffee is good for biscuits & gravy. The coffee makes a nice liquid for a gravy.
(fair trade coffee that is safe for birds/shade grown is out there, make sure you buy the good stuff).
(We use hemp, coconut, almond & rice milk for our vegan baking. Sometimes I make my own).
note, there is a difference between soured & spoiled milk.
leftover oatmeal- um more leftover oatmeals
I always give the kids their oatmeal in little rankings bc I can never tell how much they’ll eat. I put the leftovers in the fridge & instead of soaking oats over night I’ve got a Pre-made oatmeal for morning. Just put it in a pot w some water add some
More dried fruits like figs & apricots & apples & warm. Then add male syrup, black strap molasses or milk (rice hemp coconut kefir) & top w crushed nuts or seeds. It’s seriously quicker than McDs drive thru.
And if u buy the ingredients from local cool farmers your helping good people, not a corporation.
U can also stuff it all into a pan & make it in the morning w some yummy brown sugar crumble in top.
bruised & squishy veggies to smoothies blend w some juice. Tah dum! I also use the leftover spinach from dinner to make our green smoothies.
bottom of the bag treats
Rice cereal- good for a nut sub in baking.
Chex- duh GF trail mix. That’s also what I do w the end of all the dried fruit & seed bags. I use carob chips & cacao nibs in place of chocolate chips so it stays allergen-freeish. Also buy organic fair trade whenever u can. I believe, Good guide has a nice primer on chocolate.
So many awesome ideas out there on how now to waste a drop in your house. We aren’t quite zero-waste, ok not even close to being zero waste or frugal but baby steps, right?
These are just a few of the little things I do to make the most out of our pantry. Cant wait to hear more ideas!