Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Love Your Leftovers

Sep 05, 2016 04:32AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) Americans waste an estimated 40 percent of the food they buy. In fact, the average person wastes an estimated 25 pounds of food every month, and dairy products are thrown out more than other foods, even produce. Learning kitchen tricks and strategies to store dairy products properly can help reduce food waste.

There are many ways to make a difference, including using products correctly and being creative in the kitchen.

  • To toss could be a loss. Research conducted by the Midwest Dairy Association found more than half of consumers don’t understand the meaning of “Sell-By” or “Use-By” dates on dairy products. These dates actually indicate peak quality, not safety. Dairy products can be safely consumed beyond the “Sell-By,” “Best-By” or Use-By” dates up to one week for milk, up to 10 days for yogurt and weeks or months for most soft and hard cheeses.
  • Know when to throw it. Discard dairy products if they have an off flavor, odor or appearance. Soft cheese or yogurt with mold should be discarded. Mold on hard cheese should be removed by cutting off a 1-inch square around the affected area and throwing it away; the rest is safe to eat.
  • Love your dairy leftovers. Rely on dairy’s versatility to transform leftover ingredients into a new creative meal idea. For example, milk and cheese can help turn tonight’s roasted turkey breast into tomorrow’s Turkey Tetrazzini with Cheddar and Parmesan.
  • Portion and freeze future meals. Soups, stews and casseroles all freeze well, including those that contain dairy products. Milk is best when used within three months of freezing and yogurt when used within two months. For best quality, soft cheeses should be used within two to three months of freezing and hard cheese within six months.
  • Put nutrition first. Many experts agree eating too many calories is a form of food waste; it can impact health and lead to chronic disease, including obesity. Maximize food choices with healthy, nutrient-rich options. For example, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, and three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products have been shown to improve overall diet quality, promote good health and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.

Go to MidwestDairy.com to find more tips to reduce food waste and recipes to help put your leftovers to good use.

Turkey Tetrazzini with Cheddar and Parmesan
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          package (12 ounces) whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1/4       cup flour
  • 3          cups low-fat milk
  • 1          cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2       cup dry white wine (or additional chicken broth)
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 2          cups sliced white button mushrooms
  • 1/3       cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2          cups diced cooked turkey breast
  • 1          cup frozen peas
  • 1          cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray shallow 2- to 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. In large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour. Stirring constantly, cook about 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, chicken broth, wine and pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Stir in mushrooms, reduce heat and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until mixture thickens and mushrooms are softened.
  3. Stir Parmesan cheese, pasta, turkey and peas into milk mixture; spoon into prepared baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese and cover loosely with foil. Bake about 45 minutes, or until bubbling at edges and heated through.

Sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Cabarrus Magazine's free newsletter to catch every headline

Family Features Family Features Food
  • 25 Days of Christmas Specials

    12/12/2017
    08:00AM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson and staff will be announcing new specials on facebook EACH DAY of December l...


  • Winter Performance Academy

    12/12/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    The Performance Academy is a Technical development program for youth soccer players that is broug...


  • Coerver Center of Excellence

    12/12/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Center of Excellence, Winter 2017/18 Join in the 4 week COE Season Across December and January...


  • Beginner Belly Dance Class

    12/12/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always wanted to learn to belly dance but were too nervous to give it a try? Stop waiti...


  • 25 Days of Christmas Specials

    12/13/2017
    08:00AM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson and staff will be announcing new specials on facebook EACH DAY of December l...


  • Annual Veterans Christmas Breakfast

    12/13/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    The Cabarrus County Veterans Services department invites all veterans and their families to the A...


  • Free Diabetes Clinic

    12/13/2017
    09:30AM — 12:00PM

    Better Health will offer a free diabetes clinic at the Spring Lake Senior Center, located on 301 ...


  • Art Lab

    12/13/2017
    10:00AM

    Kids 8+ will learn the forms and styles used by potters and tour the Clay exhibition, Wednesdays,...


  • CREATIVE SURFACES: The Art of Decorative Artisanal Walls December 9-29, 2017 'Pop-Up' ex...


  • Piedmont Farmers Market 2017

    12/16/2017
    08:00AM

    • Open year-round. Fresh local produce, honey, free-range eggs, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef...


  • Breakfast with Santa

    12/16/2017
    08:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join Historic Columbia for a holiday treat to remember! Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy...


  • 25 Days of Christmas Specials

    12/16/2017
    08:00AM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson and staff will be announcing new specials on facebook EACH DAY of December l...


  • Beginners photography workshop

    12/16/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    This will be a monthly workshop for beginner photographers to learn about their camera and to ass...


  • Frostbite 5K

    12/16/2017
    10:00AM

    The FROSTBITE 5K is a 3.1mile run through Kannapolis Greenway and surrounding communities with ch...


  • Speedway Christmas 2017

    12/16/2017
    06:00PM

    Speedway Christmas is returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway and is even bigger and better in its ...


  • Miracle on 34th Street : The Musical

    12/16/2017
    08:00PM — 10:30PM

    A holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, and based on th...


  • This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • The Barefoot Movement Christmas Show

    12/16/2017
    08:00PM — 11:00PM

    A holiday celebration for the whole family, The Barefoot Movement performs season favorites from ...


  • 25 Days of Christmas Specials

    12/18/2017
    08:00AM

    Dr. Edward Dickerson and staff will be announcing new specials on facebook EACH DAY of December l...


Get Cabarrus Magazine Delivered to Your Door!

Subscribe today!

Proudly Brought To You By These Community Sponsors