Expert reveals what you need to do with your Christmas leftovers

ONE of the best things about Christmas is the food, especially leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches on Boxing Day. With an array of different foods being served on the day, most things can often go to waste when forgotten about. 

The UK disposes of 710,000 tonnes of potatoes, 100,000 tonnes of poultry and 96,000 tonnes of carrots each Christmas.1  

To help reduce food waste and have better sustainable habits, Vlatka Lake, storage expert at Space Station shares her three tips on storing and disposing food this Christmas. 

1. Storing your leftovers 
“Christmas leftovers can be stored both in the fridge and freezer, dependent on how soon you plan on using them, or the nature of the food. Most vegetables are easily frozen, and some (such as Brussel Sprouts) can even last until next Christmas. 

“Instead of zip lock bags and clingfilm, invest in tupperware that can be reused for any other leftovers you might have throughout the year. Typically, these stack on top of each other so they use space in the fridge or freezer more efficiently, meaning you can get more food in. Tupperware also seals securely to ensure your food remains fresher for longer.” 

2. Make them into a new meal 
“Look at your leftovers as individual ingredients that you can re-imagine into new meals, and don’t be afraid to get creative. Gravy for example shouldn’t be left in the fridge for longer than a day but can be poured into ice-cube trays to create a stock which can be used in future recipes. 

“Frozen vegetables can be re-used and turned into soups by adding the homemade stock, herbs, and spices. Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods and can be turned into mash, potato hash and even patatas bravas. Bubble and squeak can also be made from mashed potato and cabbage.” 

3. Don’t forget to recycle  
“If you do find that there is leftover food you still can’t use or that is out of date, don’t throw it away. A lot of waste food such as vegetables and potatoes can go into a compost bin and restore essential nutrients back into soil. The same goes for any waste and peelings that may be created in the initial cooking process.  

“If you don’t have your own compost bin you can donate food waste to local farms, or even a neighbour who creates their own compost. Apps such as Olio are great for finding people in need of leftover food, and NoWaste and Kitche can help you track your food inventory to minimise leftovers and food waste.” 

Vlatka adds: “It’s easy to get carried away in the chaos of Christmas celebrations and become careless about our consumption habits. Although Christmas is a time known for enjoying food, we don’t have to forget about the environmental care our planet needs.  

“By focusing attention on how to sustainably re-use and dispose of waste food, we can comfortably enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner while being confident in our efforts to contribute to a greener, more eco-friendly planet.” 

For more information about personal storage with Space Station, click HERE

Photo caption: Most vegetables are easily frozen, and some (such as Brussel Sprouts) can even last until next Christmas. 

[1] A greener Christmas is the best present for the environment. – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk

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