Even if a product looks unappetizing on the surface, this does not always mean that it needs to be thrown away. Sometimes, not quite tasty food retains its taste, aroma and can be useful in preparing various dishes. Novate.ru tells what products can be given a second chance.
Blackened bananas are softer and sweeter than yellow-skinned bananas. / Photo: food.inmyroom.ru
Bananas lay in the refrigerator for several days and darkened? Do not be discouraged, because their taste has not deteriorated at all from this. On the contrary, the fruit that changed the color of the skin from yellow to black became softer, more aromatic and tastier. Bananas that have been in the refrigerator for a long time can be safely used for making baked goods, smoothies, and refreshing cocktails. Another great dish option is ice cream. To prepare it, you will need two or three blackened bananas and 150 ml of kefir, yogurt or cream. The ingredients must be interrupted in a blender until a homogeneous mass is formed and sent to the freezer for several hours.
2. Citrus fruits
You can make juice from the pulp of a spoiled orange. / Photo: factroom.ru
It often happens that we buy lemons, oranges, tangerines, eat several of them at once, and put the rest in the refrigerator, happily forgetting about them. As a result, the fruit begins to deteriorate, the peel rots, and the only desire is to throw them into the trash can, regretting the money spent. However, this decision will be wrong, because citrus fruits (even if they are not the first freshness) can be turned into a fragrant chicken filling in a matter of minutes. To do this, you just need to cut the spoiled areas from the fruit. The leftover pulp will also be useful for juicing, and the zest for flavorful pastries. If you do not want to add spoiled fruit to the dish, leave it for household needs. For example, a combination of salt and lemon will help clean your stove or grill grate.
And orange peels are useful for disinfecting cutting boards or as a natural freshener. In the latter case, you will need to pour a liter of water into a saucepan, add two tablespoons of vinegar, peels from several oranges, one tablespoon of vanilla extract, a spoonful of ground cloves and three cinnamon sticks. Then the water must be brought to a boil and wait until it begins to give off its aroma.
3. Apples and pears
Apples and pears do not need to be thrown away, even if they are slightly rotten. / Photo: artfile.me
Apples and pears are among the top most popular fruits, which is not surprising given their excellent taste and health benefits. Therefore, it would be a mistake to throw these foods away even if you notice small brown spots. It is better to cut them off, and from the rest of them make a delicious puree, which can later be used as an additive to oatmeal, filling for pies or base for sauces.
Another great use is to cut apples and pears into rings, soak in water with added sugar for 24 hours, then put on a baking sheet and dry at 60 ° C for six to eight hours. After cooking, pieces of fruit can be added to cereals, boiled compote from them, used as an ingredient for baking.
If you see raspberries starting to spoil, freeze them. / Photo: nasotke.ru
Berries, unfortunately, do not last forever. However, if you try hard, you can give them a second life. To do this, rinse them under running water, and then send them to the freezer. These simple steps will provide you with a supply of frozen berries for several months in advance. Not sure where they can come in handy? As a filling for pies, muffins, pies, for making sauces, cocktails. Also, frozen berries are often used instead of ice cubes for serving cold drinks.
Dill and parsley wither very quickly. / Photo: rostiada.ru
If you do not grow greens on the windowsill, then you probably know how quickly purchased herbs deteriorate. Even if you allocate a container of water for them, they will not live more than two or three days. But what if you can’t imagine cooking without fresh dill, parsley, cilantro, and there is no way to go to the market every day?
We offer you the following life hack: chop the existing greens in a blender, add a little olive oil and spices, then fill the ice molds with the resulting mixture and send them to the freezer. The resulting cubes can be added in winter to salads, sauces, marinades, first courses, which will significantly improve their taste and aroma.
Please note: From herbs that have lost their freshness, a wonderful pate is obtained. You need to chop the greens, mix it with a little butter, and then spread the resulting mixture on pieces of bread. Voila – a delicious sandwich is ready!
Stale bread is a great base for croutons and toast. / Photo: lifehacker.ru
Did you leave the bread on the table overnight and by morning it became stale? It’s okay – a few simple manipulations will help restore softness and freshness to it. You just need to sprinkle the bread with water, wrap it in foil and put it in a preheated oven for 10 minutes. When, at the end of time, you take it out of the oven, you will be surprised how fragrant and crunchy it has become – as if only from a bakery. You can also make croutons, toast, sandwiches, croutons for a salad like Caesar, or grind it to make bread crumbs from stale bread.
Looking for easy ways? Then remove the crumb from the bread, put the minced meat and cheese in the resulting baskets, and then bake in the oven. The output will be an original and incredibly tasty second dish for the whole family.
The spoiled parts of the pepper should be cut off, and the good parts should be chopped for the salad. / Photo: pomidom.ru
Vegetables are even better than fruits. After you’ve trimmed away the spoiled areas, dice the peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and eggplants for a delicious stew. Vegetables can also be pickled with sugar, salt, spices and white vinegar. Leave them on overnight, and in the morning enjoy the incredible taste of the finished dish.
As for tomatoes, you can make not only the usual pasta or tomato from them, but also Italian sauce. To do this, pour boiling water over the tomatoes, peel them off and mash them with a blender. Then add the Italian herbs to the resulting mixture and enjoy the taste of the wonderful sauce. Its main advantage is its versatility – Italian sauce can be added to rice, pasta, potatoes, served with meat and fish dishes – it will be appropriate everywhere.
Sour milk is used instead of kefir for making pancakes. / Photo: joinfo.ua
Milk belongs to the category of perishable food, so it is not at all surprising that often family members simply do not have time to finish drinking it before the expiration date. However, who said that sour milk is automatically bad? In fact, you can cook many delicious and interesting dishes from it. The simplest option is pancakes and pancakes, which are especially tender and fluffy in sour milk. You can also try making homemade cottage cheese, which will later become an excellent filling for dumplings and pies, and is also suitable for making casseroles and cheese cakes.
9. Sour cream
Sour cream is suitable as a component for the dough. / Photo: povar.ru
Sour cream, which has expired a few days ago, is clearly not suitable as dressings for salads and first courses, but it may well be used as a basis for dough. Baking options are very diverse, ranging from pancakes, pies, and ending with cakes, muffins. Do not worry that the final dishes will turn out sour – during heat treatment, the sour taste disappears without a trace, so you won’t even remember that you used expired sour cream.
You can cut the mold off the cheese. / Photo: misanec.ru
We agree that hard cheese with bloom and mold does not look very appetizing (although in some countries it is considered a delicacy). However, in the case of some varieties (Cheddar, Parmesan), mold cannot penetrate into the product, so it can be cut off, and the remaining cheese can be used for cooking. If you still don’t like the look of the product, grind it with a grater and add it to a hot dish such as pasta or pizza.