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Cooking with leftovers

Things to consider if you've got food waste


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Find out how you can use that leftover food and reduce waste.

  • Leftovers should be cooled as quickly as possible
  • Cover your leftovers and put them in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking
  • Leftovers should be eaten within 3 days
  • Always reheat leftovers until they are piping hot all the way through
  • Never reheat food more than once

If you find you end up with a lot of food waste at the end of each week, take note of what you’re not using and maybe stop buying it (or in bulk).

  • Check what’s in your cupboards before you go shopping and make a list. Being organized and sticking to a meal plan, means you can get the most out of your food.
  • Use our recipe generator to match up your ingredients to possible recipes.
  • Stay strong when out shopping! If you start buying things in bulk because they’re on offer, be prepared to use it and don’t let it go to waste! Try not to shop on an empty stomach either!
  • Love Food Hate Waste is a website with some great recipes for all sorts of your leftovers from cupboard to fridge and back of the freezer!
  • Keep an eye on expiration dates so you get use out of things before they’re gone off
  1. Use-by date: is a deadline and key for food safety as food should be eaten by this date
  2. Best-before date: is a guideline and usually appears on longer lasting food. Food can be eaten after this date but may not taste as good
  3. Sell-by/display until: this is more of a date for shop guidelines around stock control and can be ignored by customers!
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Published September 17th, 2015
Last updated January 4th, 2017
Tags healthy eating food cooking
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