Christmas can be pricey at the best of times, and this year budgets are likely to be tighter.
Love Food Hate Waste is sharing festive food waste prevention tips that can help save people money by making your Yuletide food go further.
UK food waste
Each year in the UK, approximately 6.6 million tonnes of food go to waste from our homes. This represents 70% of the UK’s total food waste.
A whopping 4.5 million tonnes is food that could have been eaten – 2 million tonnes of which wasn’t used in time.
Of our annual total food waste, the amount of poultry thrown away in one year could make 800 million Boxing Day curries.
Enough potatoes are binned each year to make roasties for Christmas Day for the whole country, for 48 years.
And the amount of carrots thrown away every year by UK homes could feed Santa’s nine reindeer a carrot a day for nearly 500,000 years.
The cost to households is around £14 billion a year, or £730 for an average family. There is also a significant environmental cost, as the waste produces 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Inspiration for leftovers
Each Christmas, thousands of households take time during the festive break to log on to Love Food Hate Waste to look for a tasty recipes to stop leftover festive foods going to waste, and for tips on how to freeze and reuse uneaten items.
Boxing Day is the busiest day for home chefs looking for inspiration to transform leftovers into tasty stomach fillers.
Searches range from recipe ideas for using up classic Christmas staples to guidance on freezing leftover meat.
The Love Food Hate Waste Portion Planner can help save money by guiding people towards the best number of parsnips and other trimmings to serve, no matter the number of guests.
The A to Z Storage Guide is the best Christmas present in terms of helping to keep any food in top condition for as long as possible.
Earlier this year, WRAP demonstrated that fresh produce can stay fresher for longer in the fridge, with refrigerated apples lasting two and a half months longer than those in a fruit bowl!
Avoid wasting turkey
Poultry is number eight in the top 10 most wasted foods in the UK, with 100,000 tonnes ending up in the bin every year.
Most of this waste is chicken, the nation’s favourite meat, but at Christmas it is all about turkey.
Leftover turkey can be stored in the fridge for up to two days, but turkeys usually produce more than a couple of days’ worth of leftovers.
Freeze the excess turkey and defrost either in the fridge or using the microwave on the defrost setting directly before reheating. The golden rule? Only reheat once.