To help you get the most out of your food budget and cut down any food waste this holiday season, we have some tips to share.
Planning how much food you actually require can be a big help in avoiding buying more than you need – which saves money as well as reduces food waste.
Meal planning is especially useful when it’s for an event where you’re cooking for more people than usual, such as birthdays or Christmas.
Knowing how much food to prepare, especially if you’re inviting guests, can be difficult. How much a person eats can vary, so here’s a handy guide:
Try to reduce the amount of leftovers by cooking only as much as you need to eat – but sometimes, such as at Christmas, leftover food is hard to avoid. That’s when your creativity can kick in.
Ensure leftovers are covered or in a sealed container before they go in the fridge, and don’t reheat them more than once.
Another option is to get in touch with a food rescue charity such as On The House, which distributes quality surplus food to those in need.
Using your fridge and freezer well can extend the life of your food (both fresh and leftovers).