Each year in Britain we throw away £12 billion worth of good food from our homes, most of which ends up in landfill.
Christmas holidays are the perfect time to think about making the most of the food we buy by getting to know your freezer.
Love Food Hate Waste working in partnership with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has lots of fabulous festive freezer tips.
We keep our freshest (and often most expensive) food in the fridge, so keep tabs on their use-by dates. The freezer may be the best place for food you won’t get round to eating in time.
You can freeze most foods – even Christmas cheese. Hard cheeses can be frozen then grated without defrosting to use as pizza toppings or cheese on toast. Stilton freezes really well without grating and can be defrosted for the cheese board, a quiche or soup.
Any leftover fish needs to be wrapped well and chilled. It’s best eaten within a day of cooking or freeze it and enjoy it in the new year.
If you make too much food over Christmas don’t throw it away! Pop it in a container in the fridge or freezer and eat at a later date. That means you can enjoy Christmas treats long after the festivities have finished! After spending lots on food and pressies, this tip saves you money and time too.
Leftover party food such as quiches and sausage rolls can be frozen over Christmas and used in packed lunches for when you go back to work.
When buying bread over the Christmas holidays, remember to put some straight into the freezer. It keeps perfectly for when you need it and you can use a sliced loaf at breakfast by toasting slices straight from frozen.
Multi-buys, offers and discounts can be good value, as long as you plan how to use the extra food. Think about what festive meals you can cook with the food you buy and whether some of it could be frozen for later. Or what about sharing your bargains with family and friends?
To find out more useful tips about how to store food, tantalising Christmas recipes and advice on freezing this holiday season, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
For your unavoidable food waste, Wiltshire Council subsidises two different kinds of garden food waste digester. Visit www.greatgreensystems.com for more details.
Your scheduled waste and recycling collection day may change over Christmas. Please check online at www.wiltshire.gov.uk to see how this affects you.