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I normally over do Christmas, this year I may have gone too far.

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whattodowiththepoo Wed 21-Dec-16 03:49:03

Far more food than we need but the biggest problem is I have very large meals planned for the 26th/27th/28th and I haven't taken left overs in to account.
We also have 2 large hampers packed with food we ordered.

I'm starting to worry that we will waste food, any ideas for ways to preserve leftovers?

adagio Wed 21-Dec-16 04:04:43

Any roast meat cut up/shred and sort through so it's ready to use in curry/casseroles and freeze. Mashed veg (potato,swede etc) freeze in scoops on a flat tray then bag the resulting balls once hard. Cheese can be grated and frozen. Merry Christmas fgrin

whattodowiththepoo Wed 21-Dec-16 04:06:03

Brilliant, thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS

BradleyPooper Wed 21-Dec-16 04:06:20

You can freeze slices or chunks of ham, turkey, salmon etc to use in pies / pasta later on, we also used to make up food parcels for grandparents to take home so that they could reheat leftovers the next day or two. What are you likely to have left over?

Tootoofunny Wed 21-Dec-16 04:12:35

The others have answered your question on sorting leftovers, so excuse me for not answering that.

I was just wondering if you could donate some of the food, homeless shelters or old age care, any organisation that deals with those in need? The Christmas spirit and all, just an alternative way so the food won't go to waste.

user1477282676 Wed 21-Dec-16 04:24:32

Why don't you donate some to the foodbank? Some are very short of goods at this time of year. They would split the hampers up so everyone could have something.

HighDataUsage Wed 21-Dec-16 04:57:30

Can you return the hampers? If not, then donate to the local homeless shelters, food bank etc. The trussell trust operates the most of the UK food banks as do churches and and other religious organisations.

www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/

You could also hold a party after christmas to use up food. Would be nice to go to a party mid/end Jan when it is gloomy. Have a think about why you over order? The shops are shut for just one day so there's no need really to stock pile food. Total up how much money you've spent on food this christmas & think what you could have done with that. Maybe scan your till receipts or set up a spreadsheet listing all the food & amount and keep that to prevent you from doing it again next year. www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/

whattodowiththepoo Wed 21-Dec-16 04:57:30

Planning on donating quite a lot I'm more worried about leftovers.

HighDataUsage Wed 21-Dec-16 05:01:41

Can you cook less so you have less left overs? Ask anyone if they are short on key ingredients that you have too much of? How many are you cooking for?

whattodowiththepoo Wed 21-Dec-16 05:20:22

Cooking for around 12, I have a huge venison joint for Boxing Day and instead of buying sliced cured meats I stupidly bought whole joints of different cured meats.
Planning on giving a lot to a local church and we will have things for people to takeaway with them.

ThisisMrsNicolaHicklin Wed 21-Dec-16 05:35:18

Freeze what you can and use it as the fancy ingredient in risotto, soup, stew, curry, etc.
If your local Salvation Army or similar organisation is making meals for people they might take some of your unbroken meats for sandwiches.

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