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How to make tasty treats out of old food

If you’re like me and live to eat, wasting food is never fun. 

But sometimes we overestimate how much milk we can drink before the expiration date or underestimate how old those bananas were. During the past month, I have tried salvaging some of my old food and making them edible again.

Here are some recipes that can make the old food in the back of your fridge turn into tasty treats:

Banana Crumb Muffins

When life gives you old bananas, make banana bread or (even better) banana muffins. Sometimes banana bread can come out dense and difficult to eat after a while, but these banana muffins I made were fluffy, and the brown sugar topping gave it a sweet flavor.


If your milk is about to go bad, try making biscuits. For this recipe you only need 1 cup of milk and your basic flour, sugar and butter. These came out flaky and easy to pull apart to make biscuit sandwiches.

Carrot Souffle

I know it sounds weird, but it’s good. So good that my grandmother makes it every time my family comes over for dinner. If you have a pack of baby carrots in your fridge you totally forgot about, dump them in some boiling water, mash them up and make a tasty side dish out of them.

Egg in a Basket

I never knew what to do with the ends of my loaf of sandwich bread until I tried egg in a basket. You just cut a circle out of the piece of bread, slap it on a frying pan and then crack an egg in the middle of it and fry it. The bread ends hold together nicely, and taste better with eggs.

Chicken Parm

My roommates and I have been living off of chicken parmesan for the entire summer. It’s easy to make, and if you have any type of chicken and a can of Prego sauce, you’re good to go. It’s best served on spaghetti noodles with lots of cheese.

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