3. Plan for your leftovers
How are you going to eat and store leftovers? If you’re having ham, turkey, or roast veges use leftovers in pizza, wraps, or frittata? For inspiration, check out apps like Super Cook or Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) for tips to make your food go further.
Eat food from your freezer to make space for Christmas leftovers. No need to buy freezer bags - you can freeze things in jars, so save your empties! Cooked meat can be frozen, just keep it separate from uncooked meat.
Before Christmas events, encourage guests to bring reusable containers to take leftovers home. If you’re going away for the holidays, work out what you need to eat before you go and what you can bring with you. Split things like bread, and even cheese, into portions and freeze. Give things you haven’t eaten to friends and neighbours.
The great thing about Christmas is we can look back on years past and make improvements. Did you get sick of eating ham for four days post-Christmas and then throw it out? Did you make too many pavlovas? We don’t need to continue traditions that cost money and the earth. For more information on food storage, meal planning and cooking with leftovers check out LFHW.