How many plates of rice leftovers have you regularly placed into your pet’s feeding bowl? How many times in the week that a couples of slices of meat, a bowl of dish, or slices of fish have gone bad because it was placed in the fridge and you forgot to take them out? Did you know that there are literally millions of hungry children and adults in poor countries these days that are yearning even to eat even leftovers at least 2 times a day? The leftover food that you have decided to feed to your pets or include in your wastes could have filled stomachs that are growling in hunger for months.
Proper storage of food is very, very essential in the sense that it covers more than of your monthly paycheck since it is the basic need of every human being. Aside from that, if we cannot be able to give something to people in very poor countries, we must at least show consideration to ourselves by storing food properly and not just tossing it into the trash bin. You can reheat dinner leftovers by putting them in clean containers and storing them safely inside the fridge. Reheat food the next day with the use of microwave oven since this consumes lesser energy compared to full sized ovens. Another tip is to create another recipe that you can mix the food with to add a boost to the leftover. However, make sure that you don’t overcook the leftover to avoid losing its taste.
Cook wisely. Be mindful of the number of members who will be eating on the table. Avoid cooking for 5 persons when you only have yourself, your hubby, and your 10 year old kid in the house. Cooking a lot of food can create leftovers, and most of the time, children don’t want to eat the same kind of dish over and over again, so expect to finish the leftovers. Clearly, you don’t want to be in this unappetizing situation, right?
Be resourceful. Even in cooking, resourcefulness is a virtue that each one of us should possess, especially those who are into cooking activities. If you plan on cooking a new recipe and you forgot a few spices, but you found out spices in the pantry that are still useful, these can be great alternatives. In other words, use what you have and utilize the remaining items.
The United Nations and other international organizations are encouraging all of us to avoid food wastage as it accounts 1 billion of the total food wastes in the globe. Such figure is enough to feed those who have been starved to death in very poor countries. This detail is convincing enough for us to store food properly and avoid having leftovers.