Jeni emailed in the following:
I was raised by a fabulously frugal homemaker mom who is also an incredible cook. Nothing went to waste in her kitchen.
Any bits of pie crust left – not enough to make another pie – were cut into pieces, dusted with cinnamon and sugar and baked on a cookie sheet. My siblings and I thought “pie crust cookies” were a marvelous treat.
Any frosting left after the cake was frosted was spread on graham cracker squares to make delicious sandwich cookies. We learned that a batter bowl was not really empty until it was scraped mercilessly with a rubber spatula – this could yield another one or two pancakes or fill one more cupcake paper.
We were taught to use things up. Of course, this idea goes beyond the kitchen.
For example, the facial moisturizer I use comes in a pump dispenser. When it is getting close to empty and product is not coming out through the pump anymore, it doesn’t get tossed in the trash yet. I take off the cap and tap the remnants into the palm of my hand. I can get a good two more weeks of use this way, and nothing goes to waste.
Being conscious of the way we use products in our home every day can help us waste less, and ultimately save us money. -Jeni
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