Published 23 February 2021

This week we are loving leftovers. After all, we don’t want good food unintentionally going to waste.

Leftovers make up about a quarter of food waste, but there are plenty of ways to reuse them. A quick Google search will return thousands of creative ways to reuse whatever you have leftover, be that part of a cooked meal or a bunch of random ingredients.

Using your leftovers is a great way to reduce food waste, make the most of your tasty food and enjoy hassle-free meals.


Leftover night

Slow food today can be fast food tomorrow. Making a bit more and planning to use it for lunch or dinner the next day is a great way to save time and avoid takeaway. Plus, leftovers seem to taste better after a night of relaxing in the fridge.

Leftovers can also lay the foundation for a delicious new meal. If your family doesn’t like eating leftovers from the night before, try using them to create something new. They can be mixed with fresh, canned, dried and frozen items to make something new and delicious.


Fridge raid Friday

Add a ‘leftover ingredient night’ to your weekly meal plan to use up all the perishable ingredients in your fridge before you go back to the shops. If you usually go shopping on a Saturday, perhaps ‘Fridge Raid Friday’ could be your thing. Simpy, pull together all the items you need to use and try to make a delicious meal. Remember, there are plenty of online resources for inspiration. 


Keep it fresh

Proper storage is the key to prolonging freshness. Store leftovers in the right-sized, airtight container and freeze them in portions if they won’t be eaten within 1-2 days. It’s a good idea to label your leftovers when you freeze them so you know what you are choosing and when it was cooked.