For many of us it’s one of the best things about the festive season: The food!
But we often over-estimate the amount of food we’ll need to cook, and this can mean leftovers languishing at the back of the fridge until they’re no longer safe to eat.
With the help of your freezer, though, you can transform those leftovers into delicious meals for the weeks and months to come. Thanks to Love Food Hate Waste, here are seven Christmas leftovers you might not realise can be frozen.
1. Cooked ham
Slice ham off the bone before freezing. Freezing ham may mildly affect the texture, so it may no longer be great for sandwiches, but will be perfect for things like pasta, pies and quiches. Freeze the ham bone to use for soup.
2. Cooked turkey
Turkey can be frozen and then used as you would use cooked chicken. Remove meat from bones before freezing. Keep the bones and carcass to make stock. Check out these 8 recipe ideas for using up leftover turkey.
Cooked veggies, including potatoes, can be frozen to be eaten at a later date. Depending on the vegetable, freezing them may change their texture once they are thawed. Use them in pies, soups or stews.
If you went to the effort of making delicious homemade gravy to accompany your meat, you’ll want to keep the leftovers. Freeze in ice cube trays so that you can pull at small amounts next time you make a roast.
5. Christmas pudding
Yes, you can put your traditional Christmas pud in the freezer. Portion it before you freeze it – you’ll thank yourself when you fancy a late-night dessert!
6. Berries and fruit salad
Berries or fruit salads, even if they’re squishy or slightly browned, can be popped in the freezer – they make a great smoothie base, or can be used to make frozen desserts.
After celebrations have wound up, there may be the odd bottle that isn’t entirely depleted. Freeze in ice cube trays to use in your cooking later.
Visit Love Food Hate Waste for more great tips and recipes to help you waste less food and save money.