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Developing The Habit Of Using Leftovers

Developing The Habit Of Using Leftovers

Many people put together food storage for their families to ensure that they will have food during rough times, whether it is caused by loss of employment or caused by a natural disaster. When rough times hit, they key to making sure that your family has enough food, despite your storage, is effectively using and reusing your leftovers.

The less food you waste, the longer the storage you have will last. There are several things you may want to keep in mind as you put away leftovers to use in the future.

The first thing you will want to make sure you do after a meal is divide whatever is left over into several plastic containers. It is better to divide the meals into several smaller containers rather than one large container because it will allow it to cool faster.

In addition, it will be easier to pull out and heat up for a single person for lunch. You will not want to reheat the whole dish every time one person wants to eat it because that will make the rest of the leftovers more dried out and less tasty.

Instead it is generally much better to only heat up the portion that you need. This way you will be less likely to throw away the leftovers because it tastes bad.

Of course, it is important to make sure that the containers you are using for this task can be thrown in the freezer or the microwave. If you decide that you have too many leftovers to eat, you will want to throw some of them in the freezer so that it will not go bad before you can eat it.

In addition, it is simply more convenient to be able to take out a serving of leftovers, throw it in the microwave and go. It will be tempting to do this with containers that are not made for the microwave, but this could be bad for your health as the plastic could release chemicals into the food.

By using microwave containers you will also be saving yourself time and effort because you will only have to clean one dish. If you stored it in a non-microwave safe container, you would have to put the food on a plate which would result in one more dish that you would have to wash.

Another thing you should consider doing is covering the food with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap will trap the moisture and encourage the meal to cook evenly.

Plastic wrap can also prevent the meal from splattering all over your microwave. This will save you time as you will not have to clean up the mess later.

If possible, it is best to leave an inch of space between the meal and the wrap. In addition, it is best to leave a small corner open for venting.

Even if the container is microwaveable, you should make sure that you follow the instructions in regard to heating it. When you pull the leftovers out of the microwave, you will want to open it carefully with the opening away from you.

While the item was cooking, a lot of steam probably built up inside. As a result, it is important that you open it with the opening away from you so that you do not accidentally burn yourself when the steam is released.

If you are reheating a large meal for your family, you will want to make sure that you do it in a round or oval pan. This will help make sure that the meal cooks evenly.

The corners tend to become overcooked when you reheat large amounts of food on square or rectangular plates. If you heated a plastic tray or other container that came with the original meal with the food again, you will want to make sure that you throw it away.

Most of these things should only be used once. It is important to read the label so that you do not allow harmful contaminants to enter the meals and pose a threat to your family.

As using leftovers become more convenient, it will be more appealing to use leftovers. Of course, as you develop this habit you will be able to make your storage that you will use go even further.

This could be critical in a hard time when you have a limited food supply. It is also important to build up your food storage, but combining it with use of your leftovers can make it go much further.

How to Detect Good Leftovers

How to Detect Good Leftovers

Certainly, practising frugality is never going to be outdated. In fact, it is the coolest thing a mum could do for her family. Never mind twitching eyebrows and tightwad calling as long as the family saves money. However, there are some points when frugality becomes extreme measures. Truly, being frugal is certainly different from being a scrooge. For example, a frugal mum will not hesitate to throw away leftover carrots when she knows that it will make her dishes bitter. On the other hand, a scrooge mum will hang on to it no matter how rubbery it gets and force her family to eat her “frugal dish” to save money.

Giving new life to leftovers is a great way to keep that balance in a prepaid credit card. Therefore a clever mum must be frugal and not a tightwad. Here’s how to use the four senses to detect “good” leftovers.

The Nose:

The olfactory sense is the first reliable judge to all dishes. In fact, expert chefs can detect whether their dish taste great by merely sniffing at it. No matter how gross the food may look as long as the nose can whiff a great taste, it certainly will pass the tongue. Therefore, the nose is the first judge whether a mum will give it a go to a leftover or simply toss it in the bin. When a food stinks and can make anyone gag, it’s best to throw it away woman.

The Eyes:

To see is to believe and the eyes will never deceive the state of a vegetable. If there’s a mold, the vegetable is already in the state of decomposition. In case of an onion, powdery black mildew and some spotting will give it a go to the waste in. However, moms can always take away the rotten part and the good part will taste the same. As for potatoes, the greenish portion can already mean poison. Green parts contain alkaloid which makes people sick. Better plant or put them in compost to sustain new plants.

The Tongue:

No rotten food can certainly pass the tongue. Therefore, be cautious in tasting suspected leftovers. When a food should not taste a bit sour, get it ready for the landfill or compost. Be on look out to taste carrots because some mums still use them even if they’re rubbery. Bitter-tasting carrots are good candidates for the compost.

The Touch:

This sense is very good in detecting rotten fruits.  Good ones don’t give way on a good squeeze. Squeezing can detect bruised spots and is the best way to let the rotten material out of any fruit or vegetable.

Leftover saving is great but when these measures go to the extreme and result to food poisoning, it nullifies saving attempts. It’s best to throw away unworthy leftovers than risk giving the visa prepaid balance to the chemist.