Like millions of people, I’m also following social distancing to limit the more spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, you have to cook at home. If you are feeling anxious, one thing we can all do to regain a sense of control is managed in your kitchens.
Ensure that the food lasts as long as possible. It will help you cut down on shopping trips, help the wallet, and bring an added benefit by decreasing food waste, which contributes to climate change. So if you are stocked up on food, here we have given some tips on making the most of it.
Here we go…
Know the difference between ‘best if used by’ and ‘use by’ date labels.
If you have boxed foods in the cupboards and the “best, if used by” date has passed, don’t throw it out. These dates mean the food may not be at peak freshness, but they are most often still acceptable to eat. “Use by” date labels mainly appear on perishable items like meat, fish, and dairy products. These dates are there for safety, so follow guidelines.
Set your refrigerator to the right temperature.
Should ideally set your refrigerator’s temperature at or below 40 degrees F (4 degrees C). Your freezer requires to be at 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C). That will make sure fewer bacteria on the food, helping perishable items last as long as possible. The back of the fridge will always be colder than the refrigerator door, so put items like milk towards the back and condiments like mayonnaise in the door.
Disguise fruit and veg that looks less than fresh.
Soft strawberries? Turn into a jam or make a smoothie. Brown bananas? They taste great in banana bread. Zucchini a bit too ripe? Throw into a vegetable soup. If you have overstocked on fresh produce that is nearing its end, get creative with the freeze dishes and cooking so you can enjoy foods with “fresh” ingredients for some time.
Don’t waste the scraps
Vegetable scraps plus some seasoning and water turn into vegetable stock, making risotto, soups, and more. Also, you can use leftovers to grow your vegetables, so consider keeping those green onion ends, avocado pits, and celery bits to start the indoor garden.
Familiarize yourself with suitable substitutes
White grape and apple juice can substitute for white wine in recipes, so think about using the juice you need to use up in a pasta sauce. For example, a lemon that is started to sit too long can be juiced and mixed with milk to make buttermilk for pancakes. So now is the best time to get creative with the pantry.
I hope that this post is helpful for you, and you will try these tips in your kitchen while staying at home.