Handy Hints with Liz (Don’t Waste Food Again)

Handy HintsHandy Hints, well I think they are handy, anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought since I am always talking about food to my friends and telling them about all the things you can do to save money, that I would do a post on it.

To me, many of them sound really simple, but I am surprised at how much money and food people waste when all they have to do is a few simple things and they transform something that on its own, may not have been nice, but add it into things like stock, breadcrumbs, and tasty treats and you have something you can use or make into a yummy meal.

I’m always telling people, don’t throw that out, you can do this with it, or that with it… we live in such a throw out society and that if something isn’t perfect it is somehow broken, replaceable or not nice. I am here to tell you that it is useable and can be turned into something absolutely delicious with not a lot of effort!

Tomatoes

Never throw out a tomato again! Sometimes at the end of the week you may have a few tomatoes that are a bit second hand. Cut them into quarters and put them on a tray with baking paper on it. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil. If you have any herb in the garden or left over in the fridge throw them on too. Bake in the oven 120 degrees Celsiusย ย for 1 hour… delicious! Use with meat for dinner or put into a container in the fridge for another week to have on salads. I have confession, sometimes buy cheap tomatoes leave them till they are really ripe and do this anyway! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bread

Never, EVER throw out bread! put any left over bread/crusts in the freezer or straight onto trays and into the oven at 120 degrees Celsius. Bake until bread is dry through (you could even do it at the same time as the tomatoes) Break up the dry bread and put it in your food processor or Thermomix and whizz until they are the bread crumb fineness you desire. When completely cool put into an air tight container and you will have bread crumbs when ever you want them… Great for gluten free bread and bread crumbs too! Alternatively you could make some herb/ garlic butter (see below) spread it on the crusts, stale bread, put it inย the oven on a baking try and have garlic bread with dinner… EASY!

Vegetables

The night before you do your weekly shopping (if you aren’t shopping weekly or fortnightly you need to contact me so we can sort that out! :-)) put all your left over vegetables roughly chopped, left over herbs couple of onions and some garlic (no potatoes) into a large pot add some salt or a few stock cubes and just cover with water. Boil for about an hour. You can drain it and use it for vegetable stock for making risotto or you could whizz it up, throw in some noodles and have a delicious vegetable noodle soup. If you have a Thermomix, should ย be making TM paste with any vegetables you have left over!

Fritatas

Fritatas are a great way to use up eggs (yes they do go stale if you don’t use them) Just google Fritata and any vegetable/herb you have excess of and there will be a recipe, trust me, they are an easy meal to make, healthy and you will get some extra veggies into you, which is a bit better than plain eggs on toast.

Fruit

Just before you fruit goes off (if it gets to that point in your house) Peal, chop and put into the freezer. You should never throw out fruit, even if you can only salvage a bit of it. You can put it in smoothies, juices. Defrosted squishy fruit is yummy on ice-cream or alternatively make a crumble. Put the fruit into the bottom of a dish and sprinkle a mixture of butter, flour and sugar over the top! I also buy lemons and limes when they are in season and cheap, juice them and put the juice into ice cube trays when frozen I empty the trays into a zip lock bag. This means I always have lemon or lime juice any time I want it! I also peel the zest of the lemons and put into the freezer incase I need lemon/lime/orange zest at any time.

Rissoles

So in the Olden Days, rissoles use to be made out of cooked meat. If you don’t use up all of your roast or meat, chop it up finely and put in all the ingredients you would have used if you were making rissoles and cook them exactly the same… it is a great way to use up all sorts of cooked meat even sausages. My favourite way to use up BBQ sausages is below

Bubble and Squeak

Any vegetable mashed up with a few beaten eggs fried in a pan, it is that easy. I love to make it when I have BBQ sausages left over and chop them up and add them as well!

Milk/Creamย 

Did you know that milk/cream freezes, very well in fact. If your milk is close to or on the use by date, pop it in the freezer and then use it when you run out, need it for cooking or just buy a few extra and pop them in the freezer so you don’t have to go to the shops for milk all the time if you use a lot in a week! If you don’t open your cream and it is past the use by date make butter out of it. You need a mixmaster or Thermomix, but it really isn’t that hard. The last lot of butter I made ย the cream was two weeks over its used buy date (not opened) I opened it made the butter then made it into a herb and garlic butter and put it in the freezer for garlic bread!

Chicken and Chicken Stock

Have a look at this post to let you know what to do with Chicken… it will change you life (well not exactly) and save you so much money!

CHECK OUT ALL THINGS CHICKEN HERE!

Saving Time

When cooking, try and always make two batches or a double batch of meals that are good to reheat in the oven, then freeze into aluminium containers that you can purchase for $1 at Coles and Woolworths! At some stage you could have a whole weeks of meals so no preparation (except a salad, ย some veggies or a garlic bread), just pop in the oven and cook.

These are just a few things that I do to help me save money each week! If you would like any help on what to do with anything… just leave a message and I will get back to you. ย I do have a service where I come to your house. We clean out your freezer and pantry together and work on weekly meal plans and help you get organised. I hope these handy hit can help you somehow!

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz x

 

 

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I have been cooking since I can remember. I am a Thermomix consultant, so now (whenever possible) try to give you Conventional AND Thermomix methods for the recipes. I like to share tips on how to save money and how making food from scratch isn't really that hard (especially with a Thermomix). If you have any questions about the Thermomix or cooking/food in general please email me as I'm happy to chat.
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28 Comments

  1. Miss Food Fairy

    Some great ideas Liz that I hadn’t thought about. I’m a bit of a food saver too!
    Happy New Year to you!
    You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award โ€“ for inspiring & motivating me throughout the year. I love participating and being a part of the foodie community with you. Acceptance is purely optional, but if youโ€™re keen please check out this post:
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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      WOW… that is so lovely, thank you, it is and honour to be nominated thanks so much! Thank you so much for all your encouragement and kind words throughout the year… I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring. The Gold Coast Bulletin is doing a feature on my blog in Jan… which is very exciting for my little page… so you never know what is going to happen when you start something that you are passionate about and follow your dreams ๐Ÿ™‚ Liz xx

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  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I try so hard not to be wasteful but I know I can be better. I do make the veggie paste but I don’t save all the bread crumbs. I think that means I make too much bread. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Maureen, Yes lately I have been trying my hand a bread making and my bread crumbs are at critical stage… So I have been packaging it up and giving it to friends… at least that way I’m not wasting food and then I am helping my friends save money too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  3. Hotly Spiced

    I know I’ve commented on this before but you can never be reminded too often not to be wasteful. I have some over-ripe tomatoes and I’m going to sort them out in the oven as you’ve suggested xx

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yes Charlie… I just did a large pile of my over abundance of Cherry tomatoes and they were so delicious they only lasted 2 days and i have about 3 trays of them! Liz x

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  4. cheri

    Great tips, I need to be so much more mindful, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve have thrown out wilted veggies or dried bread. Thanks!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Your welcome Cheri… every little bit helps! Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  5. Amanda (@lambsearshoney)

    Great tips here, Liz. We can reduce a lot of landfill by taking care with our scraps.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Amanda, and thanks for popping in and saying hi! Liz x

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  6. sherry from sherryspickings

    yes very handy tips. i am trying to use my freezer more and just trying to be sensible about using things up before they go off.

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Sherry…. yes it is always that balance of wanting to make new things and trying to use what you have before buying more ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  7. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    I store my breadcrumbs in the freezer ready for use at a moments notice. These are great tips, thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Tandy for piping by and leaving a comment. Yes, tips are great and many of them are just common sense, but it seems to be a lost art these days! Liz x

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  8. Fiona @TIFFINbitesized

    Well you’re all class Liz. You toast your bread before making crumbs! I just grate the stale bread straight into a container using a box grater and then into the freezer. Yes, you can freeze just about anything so I’m with you on the milk, cream, cheese, chicken bones etc. Great post!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      LOL, I find that if you toast the bread it is easier to process and quicker too! I couldn’t be bother grating it… too much hassle ๐Ÿ™‚ Liz x

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  9. Hotly Spiced

    You have some great tips here, Liz. It’s so important not to be wasteful. I must take up your tip on using my wilting vegetables to make stock xx

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Oh Charlie…. it is a great way to use up those second hand veggies ๐Ÿ™‚ and then you always have good stock handy! Liz x

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  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Great tips! I do most of these things as I hate food going to waste. Friday nights (the night before grocery shopping) is known as an odd night for eating because I often just throw whatever I have together! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Lorraine! Yes food waste is a no, no in my house!… Friday nights are the same for me too. I often make pizza dough and then throw what ever is in the fridge on them! I forgot about that I will have to put that one on my next handy hints post ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by! Liz x

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  11. Mandy - The Complete Book

    Brilliant post Liz – I am extremely frugal so love having new ideas, thanks.
    Have a wonderful day.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

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  12. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    Fantastic post Liz! I have recommended to a friend that at the end of the week she make a soup using all of the vegetables left over, even the lettuce ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Tandy! Yes, everything goes into my stock or soup at the end of the week! Thanks so much for dropping by! Liz x

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  13. Jen Lewis

    And when all else fails…….the chooks and the dogs get the waste…..or back into the compost to be used in the garden again… As my mum Lola said…’nothing ever goes to waste on a farm’
    Thanks for this Liz ….I will be passing this on to Hayley …XX

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Yep!, no chooks yet… or dogs, probably never! Some of the stuff is very basic, but a lot of people don’t do it or know about it anymore… Thanks for stopping by Jen! Liz xx

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  14. Anna @ shenANNAgans

    Awesome post Liz. That was one of the first things instilled in me as an apprentice chef, look for ways to use up produce, even if it seems on its last legs.
    Love the ‘All things Chicken’ too.
    Have a happy weekend lovely!

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    • Elizabeth Connolly

      Thanks Anna… I’m not a Chef, but being bought up with my Grand parents, Aunties etc… all living on farms… Nothing went to waste! So I grew up always thinking of ways to make stuff out of stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by! You have a great weekend to… I hope it isn’t too cold in Canberra! Liz x

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