How do you use your leftovers ?
In the UK, we throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste a year in the UK, almost three quarters is food we could have eaten, Wrap found out. A disproportionate amount of this is at Christmas time.
At Christmas, The Big Issue found that we waste 5 million Christmas puddings, 2 million turkeys, and 74 million mince pies each year. Not to mention huge amounts of vegetables, fruit and snacks.
Try Act for Ealing’s 5 easy ways to use leftovers this year to reduce our food waste.
- Leftover recipes: Turn leftover turkey or meat into a curry, stew or a pie. Some great ideas from BBC Good food.
- Make Stock: Put the turkey or meat carcass in a big pot with water and any herbs or old veg you have lying around. Bring to the boil and then simmer for a few hours to make a yummy stock. Freeze the stock for later.
- Leftover Hash or bubble and squeak: Mash up leftover potatoes and veg and fry in a pan as a delicious hash.
- Freeze any leftover hard cheese or milk for later. Read up about this and other Foods you never knew you could freeze
- Leftover brandy butter to make these delicious Brandy butter cookies.
- Turn mincepies into fridge cake or homemade icecream.
- Give away unopened ingredients that weren’t used, donate these to Ealing Foodbank or Ealing Soup Kitchen. Or you can give them away on Olio
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