Storage & Cooking

Party on without food waste!

Yes, it’s that time of the year…no wonder we refer to it as the silly season.

With a bit of planning, entertaining at home can be done in a way that minimises waste. If you are welcoming guests over the festive period, here are some suggestions to make sure no food goes uneaten:

  • Unsure as to how much to scale up? Use the Save the Food guestimator to estimate how much food you will need to prepare.
  • Serve food in smaller portions than usual. Prepare food that can be eaten in one or two bites. Often, people eat before a party and their eyes are bigger than their bellies!
  • Let guests know that you intend to serve food.
  • Find out if any guests have dietary requirements.
  • Remember, it’s ok to run out of food…It’s a sign of a good party, right?
  • Make doggy bags for your guests. Plan ahead for this so that you have some glass jars with screw tops handy. Your guests will be delighted to come away with something delicious to take home.
  • Freeze what you don’t eat. Cheese from a cheese board can be frozen for later use. A chicken or turkey carcass can be frozen to be made into stock when you have a few hours free. The same goes for cooked meats and even leftover wine! Pour the end of a bottle of wine into an ice cube tray. This will be handy for making risotto, lasagne and casseroles…anything that requires a splash of wine when you don’t wish to open a bottle.
  • Why not organise a leftovers party?? You will have lots of fun sampling food prepared by many different people.
  • While traditional foods are important, let’s face it: not everyone enjoys brussels sprouts. There’s no point in preparing traditional foods if nobody in your household will actually eat them. Prepare what you know people will enjoy.
  • Create innovative nibbles using overlooked foodstuffs. Create a delicious salad using the stalks of broccoli or flavour table water with pineapple or melon trimmings. Your savvy recipes might inspire your guests to consider food in a whole new way. Take pride in your home produce, even if it’s just some herbs and salad leaves.
  • If you’re having a sit down meal, serve food from bowls at the centre of the table and keep any dishes leftover for dinner the following day.
  • Even if it’s been a hell of an event, cover food before you go to bed. There’s no need to assume that anything left out for a few hours or overnight hasn’t gone off. Trust your senses.

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