Living with five children I’m on a tight budget, and was fed up with the half-eaten bowls of cereal and milk leftover from breakfasts and the half-eaten fruit that came home in the lunchboxes. So I put the breakfast leftovers in the fridge and combined them with the fruit to make after-school smoothies—this has proved popular with the kids and has saved me a lot!
I used to put leftovers in the fridge, forget about them and then have to throw them away because they’d gone off. Now I’ve brought a magnetic whiteboard and I write what leftovers I put in the fridge and when they went in. This reminds me to eat them first and I don’t have to worry about trying to remember how old they are.
I used to waste heaps of vegetables that had gone soggy at the bottom of the vegetable drawer in the fridge. Now every time I put new vegetables in the fridge they go in the right bin, and I move the ones that were in there over to the left bin. When I go to cook a meal I first check the left bin to use up as much as I can from there before I use the newest vegetables that are in the right bin.
We now have a new rule in our house – all leftovers and left over ingredients get put on the top shelf of the fridge. That way we always see them and it prompts us to use them up before going for something else.
I used to keep fruit in a fruitbowl and occasionally things would go brown or mouldy. Now I keep most of my fruit in fridge, with only a few pieces in the fruit bowl that I can eat within a day or two.
I freeze all the little bits of leftover hard cheese, cream cheese, feta and cream to add to a cheese sauce for cauliflower and macaroni cheese. I make sure to use the leaves and stalks of the cauliflower.