Nothing makes me sadder than to find food rotting in the fridge. It makes me feel like a failure. It doesn’t happen too often now–unless it’s something Greg bought for himself and never finished eating–but even then, I’ve found ways to salvage a bad situation.
• Make Soup
• Freeze the leftovers
• Make muffins or bread from bananas, zucchini, apples, and berries
• Pickle onions and cucumbers
• Freeze berries, grapes, and bananas
• Dehydrate produce
• Make smoothies
• Compost old food
• Feed it to the critters
Tilly, the pig has been especially helpful of late.
Corn chip crumbs? Give it to the pig.
Too many eggs? Pig.
Trimmings from veggies or too-soft fruit? Pig.
She turns down nothing. And she has a sweet tooth. The day she escaped her pen, we led her back with cookies. She’d go anywhere for a cookie. And I’m pretty sure she’d kill for a brownie. If only I could teach her to hunt and kill scorpions. I’d keep her in brownies forever.
Once she’s gone we’ll have to give the extras to the chickens, but for now half her feed is coming from the garden which is producing wildly. I generally cook the vegetables and whatnot because she likes it better. Greg thinks I’m crazy for cooking for the pig, but it’s no trouble. It’s just one more pot to wash.
Do you get creative with leftovers, or do you quietly throw them in the trash when no one’s looking?