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Tips to Celebrate with Less Food Wastehttp://www.lovefoodhatewaste.ca/get-inspired/discussions/dont-waste-it/7/Tips to Celebrate with Less Food WasteTips to Celebrate with Less Food Waste<div class="ExternalClass92EA5191794E40649817E181C05F3D27"><p>‘Tis the season for planning and preparing indulgent treats – from trays of Christmas cookies to appies at the holiday party to traditional family meals. But not all of this food gets eaten. Approximately 40% of food produced yearly in Canada is wasted, and over half of this waste is avoidable. Wasting food <a href="/about/Pages/default.aspx">uses up valuable resources like land, water, and energy, and costs you money</a>. In fact, wasted food costs a typical Metro Vancouver household about $700 a year.</p><p>This holiday season, help the environment and your wallet by buying only the food you need and using up everything you buy.</p><p>Below are tips to help you reduce your holiday “waste” line this Christmas, from <a href="#planning">planning</a> to <a href="#serving">serving</a> to using up <a href="#leftovers">leftovers</a>. </p> <a name="planning"></a> <h3>Planning </h3><p>The most effective way to reduce food waste is to make a plan and buy only what you need.</p><div class="row"><div class="small-12 medium-8 columns end"><p> <img src="/PublishingImages/Planning.jpg" alt="" /> </p></div></div><blockquote><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Make room in your fridge. While planning for big holiday meals, we tend to forget what we already have in our kitchen cabinets, our fridges and our freezers. In advance of the holidays, start using up any food that needs to be eaten – leftovers, produce, scraps of bread  – and clear out space in your fridge and freezer for new Christmas leftovers.</li><li>Giving food as a gift? Steer clear of highly perishable items, and try to pick foods you know the recipient will actually enjoy. (In other words, skip the fruitcake.)</li><li>Plan portions appropriately. Be realistic about how much food you'll really need, and try to prepare only what you and your guests will eat. Consider buying a slightly smaller turkey. </li><li>Plan for leftovers. Who wants to go grocery shopping on Boxing Day? Instead, make sure to get all the ingredients you'll need to make use of your leftovers. If you're a turkey sandwich fan, make sure you have bread. Turkey soup? Get those ingredients. Try our <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/classic-leftover-turkey-vegetable-soup">turkey soup recipe</a>.</li><li>Before you go grocery shopping, check your cupboards to see what you already have on hand, and start your menu planning here. Half a container of molasses in the back of the pantry? Why not make gingersnaps?</li><li>Try "root to fruit" cooking – look for recipes that use the whole plant. Try <a href="http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/delicate-cauliflower-leaf-and-pecorino-soup" target="_blank">cauliflower leaf soup</a> or <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/Pages/Broccoli-Stalk-Pesto.aspx" target="_blank">broccoli stalk pesto</a>.</li><li> Get it in writing. Once your planning is done, make a detailed grocery list and stick to it while shopping so you buy only what you need. </li><li>Start a "broth bag." If you can't use the entire vegetables in a recipe, save the ends and tops in a re-sealable bag or container. Use them in your turkey soup stock, or freeze them to make a vegetable stock later. </li></ul></blockquote> <a name="serving"></a> <h3>Serving</h3><p>Serve just enough, so that guests eat their fill and food isn’t wasted.</p><div class="row"><div class="small-12 medium-8 columns end"><p> <img src="/PublishingImages/TurkeyDinner.jpg" alt="" /> </p></div></div><blockquote><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Eat "family style" and encourage guests to serve themselves. They'll be able to choose what they want to eat and how much, which makes it less likely that you'll have to dispose of served but un-eaten food.</li><li>Don't let the food sweat on the table for hours. Store your leftovers safely – get them into the fridge within two hours.</li></ul></blockquote> <a name="leftovers"></a> <h3>Leftovers</h3><p>Leftovers are good – and free – food, as long as you remember to use them. Instead of treating them as a dreary meal to be endured, why not re-invent them in new and delicious ways?</p><p>And if you really can't face another bite of turkey, leftovers can be frozen for months and re-heated for a quick meal later.</p><p>Maybe it's time we start thinking of leftovers as a gift! Find some great tips to use up your holiday leftovers below.</p><div class="row"><div class="small-12 medium-8 columns"><p> <img src="/PublishingImages/FoodinTupperware.jpg" alt="" /> </p></div></div><blockquote><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Share leftovers with guests in re-usable containers. Ask guests to bring containers, or have an ample supply on hand, so that everyone can leave with a bit of the feast for the next day. </li><li>If you are a guest, don't refuse the leftovers. You might be doing your host a favour by taking some of that extra food off their hands.</li><li>Freeze your leftovers. Freeze individual sized portions that you can re-heat for a quick meal. Or, if you need a break from turkey, save them for a couple of months and do Christmas dinner #2 in February!</li><li>Cook creatively. There are plenty of recipes online to use up turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes and more. Search for recipes based on what you have on hand and get inspired!</li><li>Leftover cranberry sauce? Use it in baking, to glaze meat, or stir it into yogurt.</li><li>If you have just a small amount of meat or poultry left, add lentils, tofu, or veggies to make it go further. Try it in chili or a rice bowl, or a <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/fridge-harvest-stew">Fridge Harvest Stew</a></li><li>Thin out leftover gravy with stock for a rich, flavourful soup base.</li><li>Give new life to roasted veggies like carrots, turnip, and parsnips. Use them as a base for a <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/fridge-harvest-frittata">savoury frittata</a>, dice them into a hash for brunch, <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/creamy-roasted-vegetable-dip">blend them into a dip</a>, or top with soft cheese and toasted nuts in a salad. </li><li>Try vegetables for breakfast! Use up your roasted squash, whether butternut, acorn, or even zucchini, in <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/tomorrows-sweet-and-savoury-squash-pancakes">Tomorrow's Sweet & Savoury Squash Pancakes</a>.</li><li>Pot pie is the answer to many Christmas leftovers. Use up extra meat, gravy, vegetables and mashed potatoes in this comfort food classic. The potatoes work as a topping and mixed into the gravy to tighten up the filling. <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/savoury-holiday-leftovers-pot-pie">Try our recipe!</a></li><li>Use leftover roast beef that would be too tough to eat when reheated in <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/leftover-beef-hash-browns">Leftover Beef Hash Browns</a>. If you happen to have pulled pork or braised beef, those work even better!</li><li>Avoid stuffing burnout (as if that's even a thing). Make stuffing muffins for an on-the-go snack or stuffing-stuffed bell peppers as an appy.</li><li>Extra mashed potatoes are perfect in gnocchi, as Shepherd's pie topping, or – if your mash doesn't have any savoury flavourings – as a flour substitute in gluten free baking. Check out Save the Food's <a href="http://savethefood.com/cook-it/scraps-falafel" target="_blank">Scraps Falafel</a> to use up mashed potatoes.</li><li>Give leftover Christmas cookies a new life in the New Year. Most types freeze well for a couple of months.</li><li>Try crumbling extra cookies over ice cream, using them in a <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/cookie-crumbs-pie-crust">pie crust</a>, or making an icebox cake.</li><li>Are a couple of walls from your once resplendent gingerbread house still standing? Try crushing them and mixing with butter to make a <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/cookie-crumbs-pie-crust">gingerbread pie crust</a>. Then use your crust to make <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/mini-pantry-pumpkin-pies-on-gingersnap-crust">Mini Pantry Pumpkin Pies</a>!</li><li>Leftover seasonal or decorative fruit like dates, cranberries, or pears? Make them into a <a href="/plan-it-out/recipes/fridge-harvest-crumble">yummy crumble</a>.</li></ul></blockquote><p>Interested in celebrating with less waste this Christmas? Visit <a href="http://creatememoriesnotgarbage.ca/" target="_blank">Create Memories, Not Garbage</a> for tips to reduce waste this holiday season, including ideas for creative gifts, wrapping, and decorating.</p></div>Canada