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Tuesday Two Minute Tips: 3 Tricks for Enjoying Leftovers

October 22, 2020
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Hello and welcome to your Tuesday two minute tip. Today we’re going to talk about one of the most basic tenants of wasting less food, and it’s also one of the easiest ways to waste less money on food. Any guesses. Oh, yeah. Nobody. Um, eat your leftovers. That’s it. It’s that easy.

When I talk to people usually just in in casual conversations about their fridge or rotating food through their house. A lot of times you’ll hear people say that I just don’t really like leftovers, or they intend to eat it, but it ends up just staying refrigerated for seven days and then once a team slimy or moldy or definitely gross, then there’s no more guilt associated with throwing it away. But if you have leftovers in your fridge and you’re waiting too long to eat them that you throw them away. That’s still on you.

So here are my three top tips.

Number one store your leftovers in separate containers so let’s say you have chicken mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts, rather than putting them all in the same container put them in separate containers, you might decide the next day for lunch. maybe you want to make a chicken quesadilla, but if it’s all mixed up with mashed potatoes. That’s kind of the wrong vibe and then you don’t have the building blocks of reinvention. So separate containers.

Number two, reheat things properly. So same dish say the chicken thigh, say it’s a chicken thigh and it had a crispy skin on top. If you microwaved that it’s going to be soggy and really pretty gross, but if you put it on a little tray in the toaster oven or in a regular oven, even heating it up again in a saute pan, you’ll actually heat it in the way that it needs to revive itself and basically become super delicious again. And then the same with the mashed potatoes. If you just microwave them they get kind of weird on top but if you actually keep them in a little pot and stir them as you go possibly add more milk or butter, then they’re going to taste delicious and amazing again. And then when you plate your meal. Everything feels fresh and revived rather than just a plateful of leftovers that went in the microwave. It takes a certain type to get excited about that.

Which leads me to number three. My personal favorite bribery, who you bribing in this case, yourself, so I’ll tell myself okay I’m not really in the mood for this result oh that’s in here and salad fine, but I bribe myself by eating leftovers tonight. And then we can order something delicious tomorrow or make something delicious. So bribe yourself, do the right thing and then you can reward yourself a little bit later. Sometimes if we’re not going to get takeout or it’s not about tomorrow I’ll just bribe myself with a big bowl of ice cream. And that works too.

So, store your leftovers separately reheat them properly so that they have the best chance of being super delicious again and bribe yourself, give yourself a little bit of a reward later if you eat your leftovers now.

See you next time for more tips visit ends and stems. (Ramona enters) Come and say bye bye. Say, eat your leftovers to do like leftovers. Yeah. Oh, awesome. Thanks bud okay let’s see you later.

Alison Mountford is the Founder and CEO of Ends+Stems, a meal planning service designed to reduce household food waste and stop the effects of climate change. Alison has been named a Rubicon Waste Fit Champion, was a finalist for the Spoon Tech Startup Showcase, and has appeared on many podcasts and radio shows, and works as a food waste consultant.