6 ways to Minimise food waste over Christmas
Christmas is well known as a time of indulgence! Lots of turkey and guilt-free chocolate on Christmas Day. As fun as Christmas can be, the average family with children throws away seven meals a week, or £70 worth of edible food per month, by allowing it to go rotten or having eyes bigger than their bellies. This wastage affects our finances and resources. It’s a shocking statistic.
This Christmas you can help reduce food wastage by following these 6 simple steps, to ensure that you use up every last bit.
1. Plan meals in advance
We all love overindulging, but this wastes money and energy. You can reduce wastage by setting aside time to plan out your meals and making a list of everything you need. When you get to the supermarket, you’ll be able to ticks thigns off, which will also help reduce your spending.
2. Next Day Dinner
Even if you make too much, the food does not need to go to waste. Saving and eating leftovers heated up the next day is often even more delicious, and you can also get creative with how you prepare it. Consider using the leftover turkey and ham on sandwiches or even better make a turkey curry for the next day.
3. Don’t Overcook Anything
With so much going on in the kitchen, something is bound to go wrong. Overcome this by using a timer and food thermometer to make sure nothing gets overcooked.
4. Store the Food Properly
Food can go bad quickly, and because you can’t eat it, it goes to waste. Storing the food properly in the fridge, freezer, or cupboard will help prolong its life and ensure nothing goes past it’s best by date. You’ll get to enjoy every last bit of it, avoiding wastage and ultimately saving money!
5. Make use of your freezer
Leftovers make great freezer food. Your future self will be grateful to open the freezer to find a home cooled meal ready and waiting to be enjoyed. Remember to freeze in portion sizes and label and date everything. Otherwise you will forget what’s what. The freezer is more efficient when full.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 people in Northern Ireland live below the poverty line. As a result, an increasing number of people in Northern Ireland, and across the UK, rely on the emergency food supplies provided by food banks. Instead of dumping leftovers in the bin this Christmas, consider donating to local food banks to help those in need.
Waste Not, Want Not!
We all like to eat till we pop at Christmas, but this shouldn’t be at the expense of the environment. Following these steps will help you reduce your food waste so you can focus on the fun side of the Christmas.