Throwing leftovers away can be a big waste. It is also a total waste of money! And yet, they always seem to be inevitable. If you are cooking for a big group, there will often be leftovers. Especially if you overestimate people’s appetites. Even if you are just cooking for your family, it can be hard to escape uneaten food. Mostly, it’s because of fussy children! Don’t want to throw your leftovers out? I don’t blame you! Here are my five ways you can use leftovers to make delicious meals.
There can often be a lot of leftover meat after a big Sunday roast. What should you do with it? Meats like pork and beef taste great cold. Add them to a sandwich with some mustard. However, lamb is a very fatty meat, and when the fat cools and hardens, it doesn’t look appetising. So the best way to use spare lamb is to cook it in a casserole or stew. Simply through it into your casserole dish along with some chopped veg and a nice thick gravy. You can also use it to make a hearty shepherd’s pie! You can also see our five ways to use leftover lamb post for recipes and ideas.
If you are baking and just need to use the egg yolk or white, you will be left with some spare egg. If you have some spare egg whites, you can whip them up to make a sweet meringue. If you are planning on making bread rolls or bagels, the white can be used as a shiny glaze. So what about the egg yolks? Use them to make homemade mayonnaise, custard, or carbonara.
Leftover potatoes can be used in so many cool ways! If you have a leftover baked potato, chop it up into fries and bake them in the oven. Serve them with a delicious dip or sauce like the ones on offer from Hampton Creek. You can find info about Hampton Creek here. Alternatively, chop up spare new potatoes and fry them with some chillies and smoked paprika to use as a moreish sidedish. If you have leftover mashed potato, you can simply reheat it in the oven or microwave.
Don’t throw your bread out just because it has gone stale. There is still plenty you can do with it! Stale bread is perfect for using in your next bread and butter pudding. It is also great for making homemade croutons. All you need to do is break it up and gently fry small chunks of it in some fresh herbs. Once they are crispy, you can sprinkle the croutons onto soup. Or pop it in the blender and make bread crumbs to store for when you need them next.
Be careful storing leftover rice. It needs to be placed in the refrigerator as soon as possible. When you are ready to use it, you can simply fry it with some eggs to make Chinese fried rice. Add some peas and sliced ham for extra flavors. You can also stuff peppers with it or add it to your next casserole.
So next time you have some food leftover; don’t worry. It’s time to get cooking with it!