The equivalent of more than 4.2 million Christmas dinners will be scraped into the bin at Christmas, new research shows, so how can you make sure you use up everything you buy?
SO many Christmas puddings are thrown away, but this is one Christmas food that keeps. Make a Christmas pudding crumble and we promise you won’t need to keep it for long.
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Pigs in blankets have never gone spare in our house, quite the opposite – we fight over them! Don’t even think of throwing them away, they add a salty crispiness to a turkey sandwich, so make sure you squish a few in with the turkey slices and cranberry sauce in fresh crusty bread.
Get more ideas for your Christmas leftovers with our Christmas leftovers recipes.
Can’t get anyone to manage another mince pie? We understand, you can hit a wall with those little things. That’s why we save ours in an airtight container then give them a new lease of life in this easy mince pie ice cream.
Stuffing brings Christmas dinner together and it can do the same in a really excellent Christmas sandwich, crammed in with turkey, pigs in blankets and cranberry sauce instead of ketchup. Or fry it up as a meaty addition to bubble and squeak – just make sure it’s piping hot all the way through before you eat it.
Unbelievably, the equivalent of 263,000 turkeys are thrown away at Christmas. Think of all the turkey sandwiches you could make! Not convinced? Take a look at our 16 epic Christmas sandwich ideas to get your turkey juices flowing.
That’s enough fill an Olympic sized swimming pool, which is sad because it can be easily saved and used again.
Cover leftover roast parsnips and store in the fridge, then warm them through and mash like crazy with a little extra butter and herbs to make a side for Boxing Day dinner or go for an easy parsnip soup with apple and sage. We confess we like ours as a cheeky extra in a Christmas sandwich, even cold.
That’s a lot of potatoes. There’s no excuse really, because everyone loves potatoes and they are so versatile. Pan fry them before the Downton Abbey Christmas special and squish them into your Christmas sandwich, or cover them and pop them in the fridge to make bubble and squeak on Boxing Day.
The number of carrots thrown away would reach from London to Munich, or could feed your family instead… Transform leftover carrots into a nutritious carrot and ginger soup, which will give you a vitamin boost.
We know that Brussels sprouts are the Marmite of Christmas dinner, but we can?t picture what that many sprouts look like – yet that’s the number that’s thrown away at Christmas, making it them the most wasted Christmas food!