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Love your leftovers this holiday season

Published: 14 December 2020

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Use these recipes to avoid waste and save money over the holiday break.

You’ve put a lot of time and energy into preparing the best holiday meals. Use these recipes to avoid waste and save money whether you’re staying at home or headed to the bach for the holiday break.

Boxing day – Boxing day fritters

27 Dec – Turkey & cranberry strudel

28 Dec - Cheesy potato bombs

29 Dec – Rice paper rolls

30 Dec – Festive leftover ice cream

31 Dec – Vietnamese turkey salad

1 Jan – Summer vegetable slice

You can get more ideas from the Easy Choice Family Kai summer cookbook.

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Storage Tips

Freezers act as a pause button, storing your food until you need it. Consider putting away that extra food from the holiday parties into the freezer, so you can enjoy it when the holiday rush has passed or you’re back from your trip. If you're going out of town, remember to put food in the freezer or take it with you, so you don't let it go to waste.

When it comes to leftovers, remember the 2-2-2 rule. You have 2 hours to get your leftovers into the fridge. You should eat them within 2 days. They will last for at least 2 months in the freezer.

How you store your food has a huge impact on how long it lasts. Mould thrives in warm, moist climates with lots of oxygen. So, keep food cold, dry and in airtight containers to avoid this problem.

Store baguettes, pita breads and hamburger buns in the freezer to keep them fresh.

Keep cheese tightly wrapped in its packaging, a beeswax wrap or a bag to stop it drying out.

Keep your salad greens in an air-tight container instead of leaving them in a bag.

Store potatoes and onions in cool, dark places but keep them separate from each other (e.g. in separate cupboards). If they are stored next to each other they will go bad much faster.

Store tomatoes at room temperature – refrigerating them affects their texture and flavour. If they have gone soft, you can still use them for cooking.

You can save these summer storage tips to make the most of your summer snacks. 

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