Tricks & Tips

5 Kitchen Hacks for Loving your Leftover

How often do you take a look inside your fridge to find vegetables and other things you’d forgotten about? The good news is that with our kitchen hacks these leftovers can save you money, time and effort, and help you cut down on food waste!

1. Get Creative
If you enjoyed a roast dinner at the weekend then chances are you have some roasted meat left over. Why not shred the leftover meat and add it to a nice mixed salad with your favourite dressing? Or, add it to sandwiches or paninis? Bought too many vegetables? Prep them and roast them in an oven tray with olive oil and your favourite herbs and spices. You can use these to make a chunky sauce for pasta, cook them up in a soup, or even add them to the salad you made with your leftover meat. Has your bread gone stale? Cut it up into squares, drizzle with olive oil and bake to make some crunchy croutons, perfect for your soup or salad!


2. Store your leftovers properly
Once you’ve made lots of delicious things with your leftovers it’s important that you store everything properly so you can enjoy it all later on. Glass storage containers are great for storing things in your fridge, not only are they reusable and sustainable, they also allow you to see what’s inside so you can keep track of what you have. If you’re freezing your leftovers then we recommend using plastic zip-lock bags. These can be washed and re-used and you can stack the bags easily on top of each other in the freezer. Just remember to add a piece of masking tape or a sticker on to the glass containers or bags to label and date your leftovers.


3. Blender and baking tins to the rescue!
Have you been neglecting your fruit bowl and the vegetable compartment for a while? You don’t have to throw away those bananas, apples, carrots etc. just because they have a few small brown spots or blemishes – believe it or not, you can make them into something delicious. For example, simply put all of your leftover fruit and veggies into the blender and make a delicious smoothie. Pro tip: Add a little oil if you use vegetables that contain a lot of vitamins A and K, these are fat-soluble and so the oil helps you to make the most of their concentrated power. You can also easily use ripe bananas and apples for baking, banana bread only really tastes good if the bananas are really overripe.


4. Empty fridge?  


Have you peered into your fridge and found almost nothing to get creative with? That’s no reason to despair! Check out Restegourmet – you can put in the ingredients that you found hidden in your cupboards and fridge. You can even choose whether you want to conjure a main dish, a dessert or a drink, whether you’d like it to be vegetarian, lactose or gluten free and how complex the preparation of the dish is. What are you waiting for?


5. Make leftovers on purpose


Finally, try to cook more than you need on purpose. For example, if you’re making rice or pasta cook twice as much. The leftover rice or pasta is perfect for conjuring up another meal using up other leftover ingredients from your fridge too. And, you’ll have food for your next lunch break!

Are you ready to get creative with your leftovers?