Learning to love your leftovers

Reducing food-waste is something that I feel passionate about: the amount of consumable food thrown away each day is shocking. 

So here are my top tips for reducing food waste and learning to love your leftovers:

  1. Plan your meals;
  2. Shop from a shopping list;
  3. Buy fruit and vegetables from a local market instead of the supermarket: they tend to stay fresher longer;
  4. Consider tinned and frozen alternatives: here is my blog about which are best;
  5. Make your freezer your friend: if in doubt, put it in.  I freeze lots of leftovers in individual portions – they make great lunches.  
  6. Split packs: I always do this for ham, bagels, bread, rolls and chicken portions as we don’t tend to get through the whole packet in a week.  I also freeze coconut milk (many recipes only call for half a tin) and leftover cheese (especially at Christmas);
  7. Learn how long leftovers last in the fridge:
    • Cooked meat:  3-4 days
    • Vegetables: 3-4 days
    • Gravy: 1-2 days
    • Open pack of ham: 3-5 days
    • Parma/ Serrano/ prosciutto: 2-3 months
    • Soups and stews: 3-5 days
    • Hard boiled eggs: 7 days
    • Pizza: 3-4 days
    • Cooked sausages – 7 days  
  8. Love your leftovers: have them for lunch!  Leftover vegetables make a tasty omelette or a delicious soup; hard boiled eggs and ham make a delicious salad and leftover cooked meats and gravy make a great pie filling. 

Make 2021 the year that you reduce your food waste!

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