4 tips to help reduce food waste this Christmas
The holiday season is a time for celebration and joy, but it can also be a time of excess and waste, especially when it comes to food. Here are four ways you can reduce food waste during the holidays.
Plan your meals
Plan ahead and be realistic about how much food you need. Take stock of your pantry, fridge, and freezer before you start shopping and make a list of what you already have. This will help you avoid over-buying and reduce the risk of having to throw away spoiled or expired food. When planning your meals, consider the number of people you'll be serving and their appetites. Don't feel obligated to prepare a large spread if you don't have the space or the appetite to eat it all. WRAP has a great Food Portion Calculator that can help you plan your meals better.
Store the food correctly
Store food properly. Proper storage can help extend the shelf life of your food and reduce waste. Keep perishable items in the fridge or freezer, and be sure to store them in airtight containers to prevent spoilage. Use up older items first to ensure that nothing goes to waste.
Upcycle the leftovers
Get creative with leftovers. Don't be afraid to get creative with your leftovers. There are many ways to repurpose leftover food, such as turning it into soup, casseroles, or even using it as toppings for salads or sandwiches. If you have a lot of leftovers, consider sharing them with friends or neighbors, or donate them to a local food bank.
Compost food waste
If you do end up with food waste that can't be eaten or donated, consider composting it. Composting is a great way to turn food scraps into nutrient-rich soil that can be used in your garden or outdoor space. You can start your own compost bin at home (read about bokashi composting here) or check with your local community to see if they have a composting program.
By following these simple tips, you can reduce food waste during the holiday season and do your part to protect the environment. Happy holidays!
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