Waste Not, Want Not: 10 Tips for Repurposing Leftovers


Saving leftover food is one of the easiest ways to combat food waste at home. The average American family can utilize leftovers in creative ways, from food scrap vegetable stock to a hearty soup. Saving leftovers is not only an environmentally-friendly solution to food waste, but it is also a delicious way to reduce your grocery bill.

An estimated 40 percent of the U.S food supply is wasted. But repurposing meals for leftovers can be a quick and easy solution. From taking leftover ingredients to concoct brand new meals to making your own vegetable stock, here are ten tips to reduce waste and maximize your food budget.

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1. Food Scrap Recipes

Many ingredients that we usually throw out can be repurposed into new recipes. Watermelon rinds, onion skins and cheese rinds are just a few examples of food to use in creative and delicious ways. Leftover veggies like carrot peelings and wilted celery can be added to vegetable stock for added flavor.

2. Soup

When dealing with leftovers, making soup might be the best solution for most ingredients. Add leftover veggies or meat to a simple broth with select seasonings and you have a whole new meal. 

3. Save Grilled Food

Many families enjoy dinner on the grill or barbecue during these summer months. While pulled pork might be especially delicious right off the grill, leftover barbecue can be repurposed into countless dishes like wraps, mac & cheese, and even chop suey.

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