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O come all ye wasteful

December 10, 2010

The festivities are almost upon us – the shops are bursting with tasty Christmas treats, the family have RSVP’d  and the blood pressure is reaching heights reserved only for December.

But lords need not be leaping with the stress of the occasion. The easiest way to deal with this mammoth task is to plan, plan and – you guessed it – plan.

Think how many you are feeding and decide what to prepare to satisfy your hungry hordes. Planning meals and writing a list is a great way to ensure you buy exactly what you need and don’t wake up on Boxing Day with more turkey than Norfolk.

If there is a bit of breast or a leg leftover when the family are stuffed and snoozing before the Queen’s speech, cool any leftovers as quickly as possible and store in an air tight container for up to two days. Leftover turkey and other meats are great eaten hot or cold, however remember if you do decide to reheat, make sure that they are piping hot all the way through before you indulge.

Think in advance of a few leftover meals to use up any leftover bird meat –  Wendy Barrie’s Turkey and vegetable stir fry on the Love Food Hate Waste website will ensure you’re not stuck with uninspiring turkey sandwiches!

Like me, over Christmas you probably buy more of your food in advance. But before you buy enough to fill a supermarket distribution depot, check your fridge and freezer to see what space is left (last Christmas, I regretted buying the extra box of mince pies with the short shelf life – by pie six…ugh).

So, when shopping, look out for product date labels so you know you will use them in time and remember to follow all storage instructions on packaging so that you can indulge in your goodies at their best.

And what about the potential arrival of Cousin Jack’s new squeeze? If you are worried about having enough for unexpected guests, make sure what you buy can be frozen – that way if it’s not used over Christmas it can still be enjoyed long after the decorations are back in the attic.

"It's Christmas octopus this year, so we can all have a leg."

Finally, if you’re busy, why not download the Love Food Hate Waste iPhone application.  You can reduce your food waste on the go with its handy portion planner, recipe blender and meal planner. Download here.

Have a joyful and triumphant waste-less Christmas.

Happy holidays!

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