It’s Chriiiiistmas! Get ready for over indulgence, cheesy music, paper hats, crackers…and a mountain of leftovers!
According to Love Food, Hate Waste, almost 50 per cent of the total amount of food and drink thrown away comes from our homes (that’s around 7 million tonnes each year) in the UK. Wasting this vast amount of food also costs the average household £470 a year, £12.5 billion in total. What’s more, this amount only intensifies over the Christmas period when families are buying and preparing more food for more people.
Here are our top tips for wasting less food this Christmas:
- Avoid duplicates: Before going shopping check the cupboards for ingredients that you might already have
- Plan ahead: Make a shopping list and don’t get carried away; buying everything for Christmas for the sake of it. If something didn’t get eaten last year, don’t buy it again this year.
- Prepare in advance: By prepping vegetables in advance, it will give you time to see if you’ve over catered, giving you time to pop the surplus in the freezer.
- Love the imperfections: Bruised apples and potatoes, will taste just the same as perfect looking ones when they are mashed or used in a dessert. Consider purchasing and keeping imperfect-looking produce to help with supply chain food waste reduction.
- Buy pre-prepped: Surprisingly, using pre-prepared or pre-cut fruit and vegetables can actually cut down on waste. Processing companies are likely to use the remains of products such as the peel or juices in an environmentally way, which can prevent it ending up in landfill.
- Remember, it can be rescued: Cooking for a lot of people can sometimes be a stressful time. Check out these tips on food revival; lemon juice, vinegar and brown sugar can be saviours when the stress levels ramp up.
- Share and share alike: Tell family and friends to bring containers with them so they can take any leftover food home.
- Freeze! Check out Love Food, Hate Waste and the FSA’s ‘Freezer Fairy’ Campaign, developed to help people use their freezer safely and more effectively.
As well as the above, one of the best ways to cut out Christmas food waste is to repurpose any Christmas Day leftovers for Boxing Day lunch. However, with turkey sandwiches coming out of your ears, it’s easy to get bored of what’s left and be tempted to throw it away. To prevent that from happening, discover how you can transform left-over turkey, roast potatoes and sprouts into culinary masterpieces with the help of sites such as the Food Network and BBC Good Food.
Finally, one of the best ways to prevent waste is to leave goods in their original packaging for as long as possible to extend the life of food and drink products. It may be tempting to lay out a humongous buffet to impress the in-laws but the leftovers won’t last as long as they would if kept in their original, sealed packaging. Handily, that’s where we come in. Our innovative, shelf-life-extending packaging solutions are designed to keep food fresher for longer and eliminate food waste. Contact us today to find out more.
Hopefully our tips will help to contribute to a peaceful, stress-free Christmas. One thing is for sure, if there’s one time of the year to love food and hate waste, this is it! So all that’s left to do is wish everyone a very, merry Christmas from all at LINPAC!