Posted 16th Dec 2016
There is one inevitability you can always rely on after Christmas dinner - having leftovers. Here are a few tips for what you can do with them to ensure they don't end up in the bin
1 You can make festive food go further by freezing leftovers. Just make sure any warm dishes are cool before putting them in your freezer. It’s best to place leftover food in an air tight container or wrap it well in freezer bags, freezer wrap or cling film before freezing it, to stop the cold air from drying it out. Expel as much air as possible from freezer bags.
2 Remember when you’re freezing food to divide into portion sizes so you’ll only defrost what you need and to write the date so you know when you put it in the freezer. This will help you to reduce waste.
3 To help make food go further you can make your leftovers into new meals then freeze them.
4 You can even freeze turkey, other meat and meals cooked using previously frozen raw meat. Just make sure you only reheat cooked meat once. But once defrosted, the pause button is off and you should eat the food within 24 hours. So you can turn your leftover Christmas dinner into a tasty meal for another day.
5 If you have leftover wine you can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze it for use at a later date in sauces, gravy or (if it’s white) even as an alcoholic ice cube to chill your wine.
6 Don’t waste any fresh herbs that are leftover, you can puree and freeze them in an ice cube tray to add to dishes as and when you need them.
Tips courtesy of FSA