Christmas – Reducing Food Waste
You may be making your list and buying in food for Christmas this week. Here is some advice to reduce the cost and food waste from your Christmas food shop.
Christmas tends to be a time where we buy way too much and find we have to throw food away as people are stuffed and can’t eat any more! Or maybe we’ve bought food too early or run out of fridge space to store chilled food? Whatever the reasons, it is worth planning ahead to make sure that we don’t have to throw food away. Just think of all the resources and energy that went into making the food and then transporting and storing it – food has one of the highest carbon footprints, especially if it is thrown into landfill.
Taking time to make a shopping list and think carefully about portion sizes (do we really need five potatoes each?) will help reduce food waste. Zero Waste Scotland has some helpful menus and shopping lists on their website:
Having some recipes to hand that will help you use up leftovers and any extra vegetables is another good idea. You can have a look at some of our ideas on our website. This includes a great soup recipe for using up your potato skins when you are preparing your roast potatoes!