I pulled a couple of bags out of the freezer today and until they defrosted, I had no idea what I was having for dinner tonight. Dearly Beloved had left over chili and rice and I had left over stew and dumplings. I’ve taken out some left over veg and faggots to have at work for lunch tomorrow!
I have no end of left overs in my freezer. I have a bag of ‘ends of loaves’ and I add to it, when ever I finish a loaf. I then use the bread for bread crumbs, treacle tart, steamed fruit pudding or croutons. I freeze left over cooked veg to add to left over chicken that I pull off the bone and make soup or a pie. I have small margarine pots with cheese sauce in, I make a bit more and freeze it to have later.
I can’t get over the fact that so much food is thrown away, when it just does not need to be. On Friday, I peeled too many potatoes for the pasties and I put them into water with a squeeze of lemon to stop them discolouring and we didn’t use them until Sunday and they were fine. I often have yogurt that is weeks past its ‘best by’ – I open it and if it is ‘off’ then I eat it! I ignore dates on packs altogether because I am not a blithering idiot and I can tell if something is off or not. No mould, no discolouration, no smell, no funny taste? Then eat it.
People are also rightly cautious about reheating meat. If you’re prepared to risk it, and I am! Then go ahead. We had stew that lasted all week as kids! It just got thicker as the days went by and if it got too ‘gloopy‘ mum would add a tin of bean…..or peas…….or anything she had! It’s amazing that we survived!
I know I’m preaching to the converted and that people reading this are unlikely to throw food away but it still amazes me that anyone does!