June 6, 2012
So now the bunting is back in it’s box and the plates have been cleared away but what to do with all the leftover food? Don’t throw it away! There are loads of creative things we can all do with those party leftovers and here are my top 10:
- Leftover sandwiches? If they were kept cool then you can freeze them for another time. The freezer acts like a pause button so next time you’re heading out for a picnic take them out of the freezer, and they will have defrosted by lunchtime.
- Half a bottle of squash hanging around? Pour into ice lolly moulds and freeze – cheap and easy frozen lollies!
- A few opened packs of biscuits? Save for using as a biscut base for a cheesecake or alternatively pop them in a low oven the next day to crisp them up.
- A few loaves of bread? Get them in the freezer (slice if not already) and over the next few weeks have a ready supply of free toast! Pop into the toaster from frozen – they just need a bit longer, that’s all!
- Stale bread rolls? Delicious toasted! Or make them into breadcrumbs and freeze in a freezer bag to use later for making stuffings, bread sauce or mix with grated cheese for a gratin topping
- A couple of quiches left over? So long as they were kept cool cut them into portions and freeze. Cook from frozen next time you fancy a slice!
- A bowl or two of crisps? If they are still crunchy pop them in an airtight bag and gently squeeze out any air – should keep crisp for another few days. If they have started to go soft use them mixed with grated cheese for a gratin topping.
- A chunk or two of cheese? Another one for the freezer – simply grate and freeze and use straight from frozen as pizza or gratin toppings, added to cheese sauce or sandwich fillers.
- Tired looking salad? Put it in a bowl of water with a couple of ice-cubes to get it nice and crisp again.
- And finally, a slice or two of Victoria sponge? Make a trifle – simply pour on jelly, and top with custard and cream – delicious!
By Emma Marsh, Love Food Hate Waste
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