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  • Purchase large packet of bacon slices on special, get large area of glad wrap, lay each slice, cover with gladwrap, and continue, finish with an all over wrap and freeze with date; each comes apart easily as required. - BMD, Christchurch.


  • Kids versus Crusts! Some kids wont eat the hard ends of the bread so I pop them in my blender and make breadcrumbs with them then mix in a tablespoon of mixed herbs and a handful of grated cheese. Pop them in a strip seal bag and store in freezer then when you make shepherds pie or anything with a mashed potato top, put a layer of the crumb mix on top. Kids love the crunchy topping, just don't tell them it is crusts. - Canny Scot, Christchurch

Breakfast cereal

  • Use leftover breakfast cereal in muffins. Delicious when mixed with stewed apple and rhubarb. – D.G.


  • If you have left over cake, biscuits, trifle sponge, etc turn it into a steamed pudding. Just mix all together, bind with a little milk, put a dollop of jam or golden syrup in the bottom of the steamed pudding bowl and drop in your mixture. Steam for about one hour. - D.M.


  • Fritters are a good way to use up left-overs. If making fritters with meat or fish, you will find a little goes a long way. Sweetcorn fritters are also a yummy snack. Keep a can of corn in the pantry for unexpected visitors. - M.N.


  • Avoid chucking out your leftovers! Not sure what to do with that last little piece of pumpkin, kumara and potato, broccoli or handful of peas, carrot and leftover mashed veges? Try whisking up 3-4 eggs, 1/4 milk and about 1/4 cup of flour together.  Add some chopped parsley and 1-2 tablespoons of curry powder and salt/pepper.  Add your leftovers or grate your singular vegies (spring/onion also if desired) and mix thoroughly.  Using a spoon and commonsense cook either using deep or shallow fry method...DELICIOUS! - Sarah, Gisborne

  • Every one has left overs and they go in the fridge and come out a week later nothing like when they went in, OK put them in but the next day pack them in what ever containers you have and put into the freezer, when you have enough to 1/2 fill a casserole dish in a bowl mix 1 cup cheese, 1/2 cup milk, 4 beaten eggs, 1/2 cup flour, salt & pepper, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, {and any other herb you have in the garden] and if you have silver beet in the garden about 10 leaves sliced up fine with stalks, mix it up and pour over your casserole dish and stir to just mix ,if you have tomatoes to use up slice over the top, bake about 30 to 45 min's [depends on what your left overs are] until it starts to leave the sides and is a nice brown top, eat hot with a salad or cold as a lunch slice, you can add cooked meat or raw fish or a can of salmon as a treat. - Blueberry, Picton.  


  • When sandwiches are left over use them by placing them in a roasting dish. Scramble some eggs and pour over the sandwiches. Bake until golden brown - turns out life a fluffy oamlette. Use leftover breakfast cereal in muffins. Delicious when mixed with stewed apple and rhubarb. – A.M.


  • We don’t do leftovers in our home. What self respecting "Oily-Ragger" does? We have “the fixings for a Smorgasbord", which happens every Friday night. Any and all leftovers are nuked, baked or snavelled from the depths of the freezer and fridge and popped on the table. Smorgy Night. No takeaways for my clan. And surprisingly this is the night when my teenager tends to bring home her friends who love our Friday night Smorgys. - Waste Not Want Not Lauren, Whangarei.


  • I love putting mashed leftover veges with cheese on top with a can of baked beans underneath & heated well.  Its a vegetarian version of a cottage pie! - A Hume, Wairoa.

  • When I have vegies left over I put them in the pot with other vegies for the last 5 minutes the next day. – J.O. Christchurch

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