Tidbit Thursday – Leftovers

Ah, leftovers.  Love ’em, hate ’em, live on ’em.  They are inevitable.

The other night, we had a leftover steak.  A rib steak, to be exact  Frugal beings that we are, we packaged it up and stuck it in the fridge.  Chaotic day that it was, the next day, I pulled it out to contemplate supper at 9 pm

Yah, you read that right.  9 pm.  Don’t worry, kids had already been fed something *ultra* nutritious and been put to bed two hours earlier.

leftovers uses forIt had been perfectly pan seared and cooked to a beautiful medium-well all the way through.  It could not be left to waste.  Plus, we were hungry.  Dinner had been a while ago.

Ta da!  Just like magic – beef stir fry.  I had found a package of frozen mixed vegetables on sale for super cheap the other day and stocked up.  The noodles are the ubiquitous 3-minutes noodles used for the Sesame Peanut Noodles.  Because the meat is already cooked, it takes literally minutes to pull this together.  I happened to have some jar sauce around, but if not, a combination of soy, rice wine vinegar, maybe some lime juice, garlic powder, and perhaps brown sugar works wonders.

So then, what to do with the leftover lime rinds?

I know for certain you have already zested the rinds and froze them for future use, right?

Goose didn’t get the memo on this one, but I’ll let him off the hook.  He did the dishes that night.

If you have a garburator or garbage disposal unit, leftover citrus works great for cleaning it.  I am blessed enough to have one of these little wonders in my sink.  After a while, a particular aroma begins to emanate from it.  You can buy something to clean it, but this works just as well.   Simply dump the limes down the sink with a small squirt of dish soap.  Turn on the hot water, turn on the garburator and presto!  A lovely citrus scent.  You can also use those oranges, lemons, and grapefruit that are past their prime.  You know, the ones lurking in the back of your crisper.

And there, now you have used absolutely every bit of the lime and the leftover steak.  Aren’t you proud of yourself?

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