Are you tired of throwing out wasted food and wasted money along with it? Being prepared with simple recipes and better storage methods can help you avoid food-waste frustration. Check out the following easy tips for how to use common leftovers in tasty and affordable ways. 

8. Apples


If the apples in the fruit bowl are starting to look wrinkled and out-of-date, don’t throw them out yet. Peel, core, and chop them to make applesauce in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Just add some cinnamon, lemon juice, and sweetener to taste. Cook it all on high pressure in water for about 8 minutes. Cool and blend.

Or make some apple butter on the stovetop or in a crockpot with chopped apple, maple syrup, lemon juice, salt, and spices like ground clove and cinnamon. Cook for two hours on low heat, stirring often. Cool and blend. 

7. Bread

White Bread

Before you toss out stale bread or feed it to the birds, consider two important things first. Stale bread is perfect for homemade croutons to add to soups and salads. And a bird’s digestive system isn’t built for processing baked goods, so it’s best to keep the bread on your own plate. 

For croutons, toss your chopped stale bread cubes with some extra virgin olive oil and seasonings of choice like garlic salt and oregano. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes in a 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven. Flip the croutons occasionally while baking. 


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