Use It Up!

Hi everyone!
Last week I was sitting in the living room doing a project. The Princess was at school and Troy was off doing some things. I did something that I rarely do and that is, I turned on the TV in the middle of the day.
I happen to catch the Rachael Ray Show, which I have only seen a couple times. The episode’s name caught my attention, “Trash to Treasure”. Well, it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be but, it was still a good episode and I did learn a few things. Most of the ideas presented, I already do but, whenever I can get new thrifty ideas, I am all for that!
And Wednesday starts my “Monthly Financial Fast” because it is the first day of the last 7 days of the month, I thought this was a good time to share these little thrifty tidbits.
So, I thought I would share some of the show’s ideas with you. You can click on the episode and read about it yourself HERE.
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Rachael started the show with some “use up the last of jars in the fridge” recipes. Now this is something I have always done as well as I am sure a lot of you do. Here are a couple of ideas that I do with those little dabs of things in the fridge.
  • Tired of that tablespoon or so of jam or jelly still in the jar? Spread it over meat that you are baking. It turns into a very yummy glaze. The other night I did something a little different. I was cooking some polish sausage in a frying pan and I added peach jam and a little water to gaze them. Oh, this was so delish!
  • I also love to add applesauce leftovers to a roast. So good!
  • Any little dabs of citrus or vinegar based salad dressing go into a ziplock bag and I use it to marinate chicken.
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The next section of the show was using up the bits of makeup you have leftover called Bottom of the jar beauty. This one area I got some new to me tips. But, I will add some of my own ideas:
  • I had some foundation that was to dark for my skin so, I added it to my favorite moisturizer and it blended in perfectly. Not to mention, instead of 2 steps (moisturize then apply foundation) It was only one step.
  • I have also done the same thing with self tanner. Instead of this instant dark (or darker) tan, I do it gradually by mixing it with body lotion.
  • When my favorite eye shadows just have that little bit in the corners, I use the pointed tip cotton swaps, dampen them with water and get the last little bit out and use it as eye liner.
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The final section of this episode was with a chef who wrote a cook book . He showed how in restaurants they use up all of the ingredient whether it be meat or fruits and veggies. I found this interesting. He gave me some good ideas. And his cookbook looks very good because he gives you a recipe and then another recipe to use the leftovers! He calls it “The Second Meal”. Brilliant!
Here are a couple things I have done.
  • When I peel apples for whatever reason, I use the peels in the pan of a roast. This just steams a yummy apple flavor into the meat and the drippings for gravy.
  • I save the orange/lemon peels from eating the fruit and keep them frozen for recipes that call for grated peel.
  • All those hard dried edges of different cheese get that part cut off and tossed into a ziplock bag labeled “Cheese” in the freezer. When I want to add cheese to something I am baking or cooking, I grab a handful of this cheese.
So, these are a few of my “Use it up” ideas, how about you? Do you use up all the things that most people just toss away?
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  1. Wow you are good at this! I think by the time I realize there is jut a tiny bit left of something it has gone bad. I need to be better about this and not waste as much. I'm trying! LOL!! hugs, Linda

  2. Those are some good tips. I hadn't thought of saving/freezing those hard pieces of cheese or using apple peels, although I rarely peel apples. Now if I can just remember the tips. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. Diane these are all great tips! We all should try to use things up more. There is so much waste in America it is shameful! We are such an abundant country and we need to appreciate that more!!

  4. I make good use of leftovers, too. But your tip about freezing orange peels was interesting. Will it work with clementines? Going to try it.

  5. This is great...I throw away too much food! Cath @ Home is Where my Heart is:

  6. Fantastic tips. I too freeze my citrus peels. I never thought of using up jam in meats. What a great idea.


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