Waste not want not has always been my mother's motto, when it comes to thrifty money saving tips my mum is king. Here are some of her favourite tips for saving money in the kitchen
1. Do not throw away anything.
If you have brought veggies or herbs like capsicum or spring onion or dill or parsley, chop them up and pop them into little zip lock bags and freeze in the freezer, that way whenever a dish calls for any of these ingredients you always have them handy and ready to go.
It's good to point out at this point that you cannot use these veggies in fresh salads but they are perfect for cooking with.
Old bread, especially any breadsticks, My mother will slice finely and then bake in a moderate oven till the bread is hard and crunchy, this bread can then be used as tasty crackers to accompany dips or cheese. You can also finely chop the bread and use for breadcrumbs. Or break up and use as croutons in yummy homemade soups.
Any leftover breadcrumbs can be frozen for later use.
3. Leftovers. Mum likes to divide leftovers, like bolognaise sauce, onto some puff pastry sheets, which can then be stored in the freezer until you need them. Give them a quick glaze with some milk or egg and pop them into the oven - yum! Mum will also store leftover egg whites in an airtight container in the fridge and then later use in omelettes or pies or cakes.
4. Nuts and dried fruit Nuts and dried fruit can also be stored in the freezer, that way they will stay fresh and crunchy for whenever you feel like a healthy snack.
These are but a small snippet of clever money saving ideas that my mother has passed onto us.
Some great ideas! I hate wasting food, but I never thought of putting veggies and nuts in the freezer. Another thing I like to do is collect whatever vegetables are looking a little sad in my fridge and making soup =)