Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Waste Not Want Not

One concern of a modern day Kitchen Witch is keeping things economical. A popular way of keeping our budgets under control is to reuse items, not only is it economical but it has the added benefit of helping mother earth. Less waste equals less trash at the dump. If you've got a freezer or cabinet full of odds and ends but simply don't know where to start here are some tips to get you motivated.
  1. Instead of throwing away all of those bread ends that no one wants store them in your freezer. Whenever you need bread crumbs simply pull them out, toast them in a low oven and pop them in your food processor. You can add Parmesan, herbs, or other seasonings to tailor them to your own taste without all of the extra sodium found in the pre-made store bought kind.
  2. Vegetable peels and the cut off ends of heartier veggies can be bagged and stored. Once you have a full bag add fresh onions, garlic, and whatever seasonings you like. Add everything to a pot of water and bring to a boil then reduce the heat. Allow it to simmer until it reaches the concentration you're looking for. Remove from heat and strain all the yucky bits out. What you're left with is a rich and delicious vegetable broth, much cheaper than buying one pre-made. Note: The same can be done to make chicken, beef, or any kind of other broth/ stock. Simply save the carcasses of roasts and boil with fresh aromatics and veggies.
  3. If you have leftover stuffing combine with beaten eggs, veggies, and cheese for an amazing breakfast casserole.
  4. Leftover rice can be turned into a tasty and healthy Asian stir fry.
  5. If you've got veggies that need to get used right away but their doesn't seem to be enough for a meal add them to a quiche or fritatta for a filling protein packed breakfast.
It's like magick turnings something everyone thought was useless into a delicious meal. The possibilities are endless, and cost effective! Don't ever doubt your own creativity.


  1. When we have pizza, I cut the crust off(or collect, don't tell) and save it for breakfast the next day. Mix the crust ends and bits with veggies, a couple of eggs and cheese. Done the night before, wake and bake. Prepared in the morning the bread stays a bit firmer.

    Slice and serve plain or with toppings - salsa, yogurt, etc.

    1. Oooh that does sound yummy, I'm going to have to try that!