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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I truly hate wasting food. I always feel so guilty when I have to throw food away.
Of course I know that expiration dates are mostly just suggestions, but food does eventually sour. And then there’s nothing you can do but throw it away or compost it.
But there is an in between state where food has almost gone bad. That’s when it’s most important to use up your foods before they go really bad.
Here are some ways to use food that isn’t bad yet but will be soon:
- Use old mayonnaise to shine stainless steel appliances. It sounds disgusting,but the oil content really makes stainless steel shine!
- Did your brown sugar turn into a brick? Bring it back to life with your blender! Just blend it up to loosen it.
- You can use expired pasta and cereal in art projects with your kids.
- Are your veggies about to go bad? Chop them and throw them in the freezer! Then you can easily add them to soups or even improve some cheap and easy ramen with them.
- You can use Greek yogurt that is past it’s prime as a face mask. The lactic acid will exfoliate dead soon cells gently. Just mix it 2 to 1 with honey. Then apply it to your face and let sit a few minutes.
- Use stale bread to create croutons or to make breading for chicken and pork chops.
- Overly ripe avocado isnt great to eat, but it is the perfect treatment for your hair.
- Use berries in smoothies, jams or preserves.
- Squeeze all lemons and limes and save the juice by freezing it in ice cube trays.
- Use up milk with baking projects or a batch of hot chocolate. And slightly soured milk can be used as an alternative for buttermilk, so you can make some biscuits!
- Everyone knows this one: turn overripe bananas into banana bread!
- Ground coffee is great for face scrubs! Used on their own with some water or when mixed with milk, you will reveal beautiful skin with this scrub.
- Turn fruit into fruit leather by dehydrating their puree.
- Old eggs can’t be used whole, but if you keep the shells you can use them crushed up to improve your garden soil.
- Turn peanut butter into protein bars with some oats, nuts, and dried berries.
How do you use food that’s about to expire?