Top 10 Tips to Reduce Food Waste This Christmas
- Written by Alicia Drewnicki
- December 23, 2019
- 3 min read
Christmas is a time of year full of fun, frivolity, and let’s face it – overindulgence. However, there are plenty of things we can do to reduce our impact on the environment, and decrease the amount of waste from our festive gatherings.
Here are our top 10 tips to reduce food waste this Christmas:
1) Freeze Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
It will come as no surprise that at Honestly Good, we’re huge fans of freezing fruit and vegetables! If you end up with lots of unused leftovers from Christmas, why not chop and freeze, instead of letting them go past their best in the fridge/fruit bowl? You can see a behind-the-scenes video of how we prepare some of our produce here (but obviously you don’t need a blast freezer to preserve your own 🙂 )
2) Get Creative with Leftovers
There are plenty of things you can do with leftover vegetables – from bubble and squeak, to leftover lasagne. We love this inventive take on a next day veg classic – Jamie Oliver’s “bubble and squeak burgers”.
3) Buy loose fruit and veg
On the packaging front, rather than opting for all your produce wrapped in plastic, look out for places where you can buy items loose, without packaging, to cut down on your plastic waste this Christmas.
4) Give bread a new lease of life
Is your bread slightly past its best? Rather than throwing it away, you can quickly revive bread by either baking it, or turning it into breadcrumbs – easy!
5) Save, save, save!
There are so many items in your kitchen that you can save instead of throwing away. Spare gravy? Pour it into freezer bags and use on a later date. Too many chopped herbs? Again, these can be frozen and used later. Wine can even be saved for a variety of functions – pour into ice cube trays and add to stews, or pasta sauces.
6) Freeze your meals
If you don’t fancy seconds. Take the opportunity to freeze portions of your Christmas dinner. It’ll come in handy at a later date, and reduces the impact on the environment.
7) Get composting
Did you know that you can compost paper towels, egg shells, coffee grounds, wine corks, and cardboard? Instead of throwing everything in the bin, get composting this Christmas, and make nutrient-rich organic matter to feed your garden next year.
8) Plan Ahead
Before you do the “big shop”, get ahead of the game and tackle your meal planning in advance, so that you don’t end up with lots of food that you don’t eat.
9) Recycle Mince Pie Tins
Did you know that by washing out and recycling just six mince pie tins, you can save enough energy to power a television for the equivalent of one Eastenders episode? Be sure to recycle, and if you haven’t checked it out already, here’s our post on our top 10 recycling tips.
10) Use a food sharing app
Have you heard of Olio? This amazing food sharing app allows you to take a photo of your surplus food, then share with neighbours and people in your local community. It’s free to sign up, and has over 1 million users, so what’s stopping you?
We hope these tips help you reduce food waste in your kitchen this Christmas! If we’ve forgotten anything, be sure to let us know. Merry Christmas all!