Cut down on Christmas waste…

With the big day almost here you may be about to head off with your final shopping list, so it’s worth remembering that last year we binned the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and 74 million mince pies. To avoid buying – then binning – too much try these budget-friendly tips suggested by David Garner of


1. Only buy the ingredients you are likely to use. Making the best use of your supplies is a great way to cut down your shopping bill – and food wastage.

2. Keep an eye on portions. The recommended portion of poultry for a family of four (two adults, two children) is 480g. If you are planning a turkey dinner for Christmas Day, ask yourself whether you really need to buy a whole bird and if you are likely to use up the leftovers.

3. Cool Christmas dinner leftovers within 2 hours, seal in plastic containers and refrigerate. Most leftovers will last for up to 2 days (Christmas pudding for up to 2 weeks!) when refrigerated or up to 3 months when frozen.

4. Boil down the turkey carcass with vegetables and herbs to make a stock for a warming winter soup.

5. Try frying leftover meat and/or vegetables with roast potatoes to make bubble and squeak and serve with a poached egg for a filling supper.

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