Get Creative With Leftovers & Stop Wasting Food
Lisa King doesn’t waste food and that makes her unusual. According to the United Nations, a staggering 32% of all food produced in the world is wasted each year. It’s time to stop wasting food.
In the wealthy United States, most of our food is grown to fill landfills, not bellies. The statistics are hard to believe. The USDA estimates that 40% of food produced goes uneaten. Each year, 25% of the water in the US is used to grow food that will simply be thrown away. That’s 20 lbs. of food per person, per month. Lisa King wants this trend to stop. As a mother of 10, farmer, caterer, and chef at the Freedom Farms Local Market, she has figured out a million and one ways to use every bit of food that comes her way. She wants to share them with you.
Here are some tips to help you stop wasting food today:
First of all, any vegetable in your refrigerator that’s going unused should be chopped up and put in the freezer. Don’t throw away today what can be saved and used in delicious, nutritious meals tomorrow.
Make an Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink meal at least once a week. Clean out the fridge and get creative! Cooking is about creating, not wasting, and this is a great way to make something new—throw recipes and insecurity to the wind and get cooking! If you’re stumped, ask your kids to help; they’re creative.
Here at the market, we have a wonderful line of fresh breads and we’re always making platters with our Freedom Farms smoked sausage, sweet peppers, and local specialty cheeses. They’re a great when you’re hosting a party or watching the game, but after you’re done entertaining, you’re often left with extra food. Don’t waste it!
There’s no reason to throw away leftovers, or the ends of your bread. Instead, make a quick and delicious breakfast, or whip up a batch of croutons for your salad. You can add chopped meat and cheese to just about anything: omelets, pasta, soup and salads, just to name a few.
This month, I cleaned out my kitchen at the Farmers Market and I got creative and came up with a few recipes using leftover bread, cheese and farm fresh eggs. Dig into your fridge for leftovers and see what you can come up with!
French Toast is even better with slightly stale bread. The rich yellow yolks of our free-range eggs create a smooth, custardy interior in this simple and delicious recipe. Make sure you have Freedom Farms maple syrup ready to pour over the toast for a perfect breakfast plate.
Breakfast Fit For A (Farm) King
Here’s another take on eggs and toast that’s a big hit with the kids. It’s playful, quick and lots of fun.
- 8 pieces bread, sliced thickly
- 6 Freedom Farm eggs
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- Dash cinnamon
- Leftover cheese for grating (optional)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon.
- Pour into shallow platter, wide enough to fit slice of bread.
- Melt a pat of butter in medium hot skillet.
- Submerge bread in egg mixture on both sides.
- Place in sizzling skillet and fry till lightly browned and flip.
- Serve hot with butter and pure maple syrup.
Moon over Moon, PA
- 4 slices stale bread
- 4 eggs
- Cut a hole in the center of bread slices. Or use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes: hearts, snowflakes, shamrocks…
- Butter a skillet and heat on medium high.
- Place bread in skillet and crack an egg over the hole in the center. Fry for 1-2 minutes and flip the egg, frying again until it reaches desired consistency.
- Grate leftover hard cheese, like parmesan or aged gouda, on top and voila!
By Kate Stapleton