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33 million tons of food are wasted each year in the United States. Turns out, you can be part of the solution to one of our biggest environmental problems simply by eating your leftovers.

In an open relationship with the microwave. Via

Now, leftovers don’t always make the journey through microwave land gracefully. But guess what–and this realization actually blew my mind a little, sadly–you don’t have to use a microwave to reheat things. You can use a skillet instead and your food doesn't get soggy and gross. 

Who knew?  

Two super easy methods for refreshing leftovers with a skillet:

1. You can bring the al dente back to your leftover pasta or rice by sautéing it.

2. Pizza too floppy to eat cold? Restore its former crispy glory by reheating it on the stove. No ingredients required–all in the world you have to do is put the pizza in the skillet and turn on the heat.

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Molly Fincher

Molly writes stuff for Heifer International's website, magazine and blog.