I hate to throw out food. It has just gotten too dear to fool around with!
Before Christmas and New Year's we purchase all kinds of groceries and goodies. We bake and cook - sometimes a little too much in anticipation of guests (Note: 2020-not this year of course!), and just in the spirit of abundance that the Yule Season represents. Hopefully, you have been freezing all your leftovers along the way - especially those best cuts of turkey.
I recommend taking a good look inside your fridge ... and now! Because that food is going to spoil if you don't get to it very soon. It's too easy to forget about something you bought and didn't use and that is now buried in the fridge, which is overly-stuffed with bits and pieces and leftovers. So do a proper clean-out to make sure you are saving as much of that food as possible.
What's in your fridge?
Take a good look on each and every shelf. Push everything aside so you know what is really in there. Remove all spoiled food and compost it, wrap up for the "green bin" (if your city provides that kind of recycling service) or toss out. Don't forget to reuse all those plastic, glass or metal containers ... if you haven't been using your very own covered dishes that is!
Now take a look at what is left and prioritize. Do you have extra cheeses, vegetables and sauces? Make them part of the next few nights dinner plans so they don't go to waste, with these ideas:
~ Post-Christmas Dinner Plans ~
Various kinds of cheeses from cheese platters, sour cream, homemade dips =
"Put-It-All-Together" Macaroni & Cheese
Find the recipe here: february-when-theres-snow-on-the-snowdrops.html
Cherry tomatoes from finger food veg platters =
Spaghetti sauce or addition to salads. Or preserve and freeze to use as tomato sauce later on in the year.
Instructions here: january-make-even-more-of-the-food-you-buy-by-reincarnating-it.html
Left-over root vegetables like turnips, parsnips, carrots and potatoes =
Roast and serve as a side dish with meatloaf or fish dish.
Left-over vegetables like brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, celery and peppers =
Stir fries, soups, omelets or cut up for snacking with hummus.
Left-over tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream and cheeses =
Left-over (or soft) mandarin oranges = Orange Slush
This is the absolute best! DO NOT throw out soft or wrinkled mandarin oranges. Wash, cut in half and juice. Pour the juice into a blender together with desired amount of sugar and some crushed ice. Blend and pour into glasses. Sooooo sweet!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2019 / edited 2020