During the holiday season, huge celebrations with family and friends often result in a lot of food leftovers and scraps. More often than not (despite our best intentions) most of it ends up being thrown out contributing to the estimated 5 million tonnes of good quality edible food that us Aussies waste every year.
• The Government estimates food waste costs the Australian economy $20 billion each year.
• Over 5 million tonnes of food end up as landfill, enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.
• One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year.
• 35% of the average household bin is food waste.
• Nearly four million people experience food insecurity each year, one quarter are children.
• Over 710,000 people rely on food relief each month, one quarter are children.
• Regional and remote communities are being hit the hardest and are a third more likely to experience food insecurity than those living in capital cities.
If you’re looking at those statistics and are interested to learn how to repurpose leftovers read on, we will fill you in on the marvels of cooking once and eating twice while feeling like you are eating a new meal.
(Sourced from ozharvest.org)
HERE ARE OUR TOP 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU MAXIMISE THE LIFE OF YOUR CHRISTMAS LEFTOVERS THIS YEAR SAVING YOU LOADS OF TIME, MONEY IN THE PROCESS.
1. ADD IN AN EGG
Get breakfast sorted for the next day using things like leftover mashed potatoes, ham and veggies. All you need to do is add your leftovers to a frypan, mix in some coconut oil and add in an egg. Voila, breakfast is served.
2. RE-USE YOUR STUFFING
Stuffing lasts up to a month when frozen, add some mushrooms or a little cheese and use it to stuff chicken breasts with.
3. USE YOUR FREEZER
This one is pretty straightforward. If you freeze your leftovers you can take advantage of the wisdom of cooking once and eating twice. Things like casseroles and soups are perfect for this.
4. MAKE SOME FRIED RICE
Boil up some rice then add to a frypan. Stir in your leftovers and add a dash of soy sauce to make a new dish that tastes totally different but makes use of those veggies, leftover roast, hams and other sides.
5. MAKE A SOUP
Turn your leftover roast meat and vegetables are able to be transformed into a healthy soup by blending them with some stock and seasoning.