With all the delicious festive treats to tempt us with, Christmas is never the best time to watch your waistline. But with December being an expensive month for many of us, trimming your waste can help avoid a New Year hangover.
A study in the UK showed that a third of households throw away more food at Christmas than any other time. The great news is that reducing waste doesn't mean missing out on all the tasty goodies that TV chefs and retailers want to offer us. It's more about a little planning, which will help save money, below is a few tips and pointers, and some tasty leftover recipes for all to enjoy!
It starts with a plan
- Before you buy the turkey and trimmings for Christmas dinner, check out our Festive Portion Planner [411kb] to see how much of everything you actually need. Then our number one tip (right through the year!) is MAKE A LIST of what you are going to buy before you go to the shop. You'll get the right amounts and will only get the items you need.
Make our wish come true this Christmas
- Whatever you are having for Christmas lunch or dinner, we'd love you to make the most it. So we teamed up with Calum Le Noury of Sarnia Hotels Group to share some of his tips for avoiding waste, and some delicious recipes for using up any festive leftovers, see Calum in action below:
Leftover Recipe Ideas
- Below are just a few of our favourite leftover recipe ideas, for more like this please go to lovefoodhatewaste.com
- Turkey Coconut Curry [137kb]
- Turkey Tagine [182kb]
- Christmas Canapes [716kb]
- Deep Fried Stuffing Balls [603kb]
- Marmalade & Whisky Bread 'N' Butter Pudding [729kb]
- Mortadella Crostinis [607kb]
- Potato Peel Soup [614kb]
- Turkey and Chickpea Curry [602kb]
- Turkey and Cranberry Pasties [443kb]
- Turkey Noodle Soup [704kb]
- Turkey Tomato Gratin [614kb]
- Store Cupboard Essentials [340kb]
Saving money - it's not just for Christmas
- We've compiled some of our top tips, which will stand you in good stead for the festive period. However if you make these your New Year's Resolution, then you could save hundreds of pounds in 2020.
- Just think of the treats that will buy.
- Lovely leftovers: Being creative with leftovers is a clever way to save money and make what's in the fridge go further. Sunday's roast leftovers can be used in many dishes from cheeky curries to cracking risottos.
- Perfect portions: It's likely we've all got the perfect item for measuring a portion. A mug of uncooked rice is the right amount for four adults and the hole in the middle of a spaghetti spoon is enough for one person. But if you're in any doubt, we recommend using the Love Food Hate Waste Portion Planner. It gives you serving sizes and storage information for any food that you don't use immediately.
- Cook from the cupboard: With canned and dried foods in the cupboard and some fridge and freezer basics (see Store cupboard essentials [340kb]) you can pull together a quick meal to make the most of any leftovers.
- Know your dates: Checking dates saves money. Food can be eaten right up to a 'use-by' date or frozen. 'Best before' dates are for quality so there is no need to throw out food on the stated date - eggs being the exception.
- It pays to plan: A great way of saving time and money is to check what's in the cupboard, fridge and freezer and make a list before going shopping. Planning removes the hassle of thinking about what to eat every day and lets us enjoy food at its freshest.
More help, all year round