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Whether it be rarely-used spices that end up in the back of the cabinet or a gallon of milk that you just can’t use in time, spoiled food is a common problem for most people.

It’s easy to lose track of everything in the pantry or refrigerator, especially as you restock groceries each week. But before you toss your spoiled milk and eggshells in the trash, try some of these tips for making food scraps and leftovers useful.

1. Use sour milk as a replacement for buttermilk in baked goods.

It might not smell the best, but sour milk can still be used for baking. “Actually, cooking with sour milk is delicious. It’s a substitute for buttermilk,” Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council, told NPR. “You can [use it] in pancake or biscuit batter. And you can’t taste the sour! I’ve pushed it, and let the milk get really old. The pancakes turned out fluffy, and really good.”

But proceed with caution — pasteurized milk is okay to push to the limits, but raw milk can make you sick if it is used after expiring.

2. Turn stale bread into croutons or breadcrumbs.

It’s not always easy to go through an entire loaf of bread before it goes stale.

As long as there is no mold, you can use old bread to make flavorful bread crumbs or croutons that taste much better than store-bought varieties.

For croutons, just cut bread into small squares, toss in olive oil and your favorite seasonings, and bake until golden brown. For breadcrumbs, cut the bread into smaller pieces and toast it lightly in the oven. Then, put the pieces in a bag and roll with a rolling pin. Add spices to taste.

3. Refresh a candle’s scent with spices.

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Source:: Business Insider


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