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Put an end to Christmas Day leftover waste

On December 26, Australia’s fridges will be bursting with leftovers.
On December 26, Australia’s fridges will be bursting with leftovers. Max Fleet

ON DECEMBER 26, Australia's fridges will be bursting with leftovers.

That's why it's National Leftovers Day.

Now in it's sixth year, the day encourages Australians to use up all their Christmas leftovers.

The event is organised by the DoSomething charity.

"During December, IBISWorld estimates that Australians will spend $10.1 billion on food," said DoSomething managing director and founder of Leftovers Day Jon Dee.

"Throwing out food over Christmas wastes hundreds of millions of dollars and impacts the environment. But we don't have to be a scrooge to save food and money.

"With a little forward planning we can still have a generous feast without the waste."

When it comes to household garbage bins, up to 40% of the content is food. When we throw out our Christmas leftovers, that figure significantly increases.

The top 5 ways to save food over Christmas:

 • Buy only what you need - draw up a shopping list and stick to it.
 • Avoid the panic buy - don't buy food for people that might not turn up.
 • Plan your portions - try not to serve more than people can eat.
 • If you have leftovers, put them in air-tight containers, it makes them last longer.
 • Re-use your Christmas staples: Turkey, ham, chicken and vegetables can be used in sandwiches, quiches, soups and other meals.

What you don't eat in the Christmas period, can be frozen and eaten in January.

Leftovers recipes are available from www.FoodWise.com.au.

DoSomething's FoodWise.com.au website has resources that will help people to save food:

 • Some of Australia's favourite chefs have provided their favourite leftovers recipes.
 • Australians can plan their Christmas meals using the FoodWise online meal planner.
 • Users can select recipes that use up the existing food in their fridge, freezer or pantry.



 

Topics:  christmas, leftovers



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