It may be helpful to establish a household rule that leftovers
go directly into the freezer. That way leftovers do not go into the refrigerator
where they can become forgotten and fertile territory for microbial growth.
Some other ideas for dealing with leftovers:
- Become an expert on menu management so that there are
- Eat leftovers from a main meal, such as supper, for lunch
the next day.
- Designate one night a week for a "smorgasbord."
Thaw a variety of leftovers, line up the family, and let them choose what
they want on their plate; them warm in the microwave.
- Freeze TV dinner trays or microwave plates with leftovers
to provide instant meals for later use.
- Intentionally plan for leftovers (planovers) because
you have a variety of recipes that use this item as an ingredient. For example,
leftover ham can be packaged in portions specifically for futrue meals: ham
slices go in one package, smaller pieces are saved for a casserole, and the
bone is saved for soup.
- Become a leftover wizard and transform a leftover into
a completely new dish! For example, if you look at muffin recipes in a cookbook,
you'll notice that many ingredients are interchangeable. Leftover hot cereals
and frutis, as well as some vegetalbes, can be used in making muffins, pancakes,
waffles, and cakes.
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