Last week you heard from Seumas MacInnes from Cafe Gandolfini about a great way to use up leftover turkey to make a fantastic soup.
But there's also some great resources on Greener Scotland that can help you to plan, shop, cook, store and recycle your way to a festive season with as little food waste as possible. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and reduce emissions through the whole food production chain, if you take these simple principles and use them all year, you could save you up to £470 a year. That's next year's present money sorted, surely?
Saving money and reducing food waste
As you get ready to spend time with friends and family over the next few days, take a few minutes to think about how you'll make sure all the food you buy and cook will get eaten up.
- Start by planning what to buy - think carefully about the number of people who will be eating with you and how much you will need per person. Make yourself a list and do your best to stick to it. Read more about planning your food purchases.
- Shop smartly - Steer clear of too many two-for-one deals or discounted multipacks. Buy what you need, when you need it, otherwise it could be destined straight for the bin. And keep an eye on how quickly the things you're buying might go out of date.
- Store your leftovers - If there's any stray slices of turkey or unclaimed potatoes at the end of your festive dinner, get it packed away, labelled and refrigerated.
- Recycle what you can't eat - whether you use our search tool to find your local food waste recycling service or you compost your unavoidable food waste, there's no reason that those turkey bones, brussel sprouts or anything else you can't quite finish can still serve a useful purpose.
Want to learn more about avoiding and recycling your food waste? Take a look at the Food Waste section of Greener Scotland for advice, links, resources and infographics.