45% of waste from Kiwis over the Christmas period is leftover food, this food then is disposed into landfill where it decomposes without oxygen, and releases a harmful greenhouse gas called methane.
The secret to avoid the creation of this harmful gas and make the most of all the delicious Christmas food is to be prepared.
Some tips on how to use your Christmas leftovers wisely:
- Use these easy ideas for leftover Christmas ham – from kebabs, to lasagne to quiche.
- Transform leftover turkey into samosas, croquettes, quesadillas or a Vietnamese salad. Find all these recipes and more on 8 ways with leftover turkey on the Love Food Hate Waste website.
- Make turkey sandwiches: Nothing is tastier than turkey and cranberry sandwiches.
- And for dessert, learn how to use leftover Christmas treats (if there are any!) to flavour icecream. Meringues, Christmas mince pie, strawberries – the options are endless!
If none of these catch your eye, make sure you are storing your leftovers correctly by following the 2-2-2 rule
- You have 2 hours to get them in the fridge
- You should eat them within 2 days
- They will last for at least 2 months within the freezer