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Love your leftovers this holiday season

Published: 18 December 2019

Here are 7 simple ways (courtesy of the chefs at Love Food Hate Waste) to get a quick new meal everyone will like, using your holiday leftovers.

  • Pies – pies are a fantastic way to use leftovers, because no matter how little you have left, there’s always enough for a pie!
  • Frittata – leftovers are given a new life in a frittata. Mixed with a few eggs you won’t even know it is leftovers you are eating.
  • Toasted sandwiches – toasties are the perfect option if you only have a small amount to use up. Add some cheese, and we guarantee you’ll be thankful for this quick meal.
  • Crumble – perfect for using up all sorts of raw or cooked fruits. Best of all, it can be eaten any time of the day!
  • BBQ – sausages and steaks from the barbeque make great pizza toppings, tacos, fried rice, or salad rolls.
  • Soups – great for using up leftover vegetables. Chuck in whatever you have with some water or stock and simmer for a while. Blend it if you like your soup smooth.
  • Wine - 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.

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

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.

Here are 10 items you might not have thought to freeze

Storage Tips

How you store your food has a huge impact on how long it lasts. Mould thrives in warm, moist climates with lots of oxygen. It is best to keep food cold, dry and in airtight containers to slow or prevent mould growth.

Store the 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. If cheese grows mould, it is safe to cut the mould off and still eat the cheese.

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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