Spreading the festive food waste message

‘Tis the season of Freezer Clearance and Freezer Filling with would otherwise be wasted!

In the UK we waste 5 million Christmas puddings, 2 million turkeys, and 74 million mince pies each year. Not to mention huge amounts of vegetables, fruit and snacks! So now is the time to make some space sop you can add food to the freezer to use later on. Freezing and using later rather than throwing it away is greatly important in the fight against food waste.

The Bucks Food Partnership’s Food and Climate Connection action group, have put together a series of social media cards aimed to make more people aware of food management over the Christmas period. From doing an audit of whats lingering in the freezer and and having a using it up, allows people to manage their food stores before the madness of the winter period sets in. Marketing teams want us to believe a full fridge is a happy fridge…. but is it? Keeping on top of your fridge contents can also mean you waste less money and food in the long run. Little things ccan make all the diference; like making sure items that have a shorter use by date are nearer the door so hungry mouths will see what needs eating first.

It is important that in November we make space for items that you would otherwise throw away over Christmas. Charmaine from Khepera CIC also says

You can also prepare food and freeze it so that its quicker to use and doesn’t get wasted!

For example, to prepare potatoes, chop them into small pieces and cook until completely soft before cooling and freezing. Do not mash them before you freeze. When you’re ready to take them out of the freezer, place them in a large pot of boiling water on the stove for 5-10 minutes, or until soft. Mash and season according to your favorite recipe or even use for your roast dinners! Or freeze left over cream, wine or sauces to be used again in the future.

There are lots of other handy hints out there just a google away! Why not try making a leftovers soup, or attempt a frittata of any unwanted veg!

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