Christmas excess as 74 million mince pies & 2 million turkeys binned

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Make one of your New Year's Resolutions to cut down on food waste…

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The excessive festive season leaves more than just an impact on our waste line as British bins will be overflowing with wasted food.

It is estimated there will be 74 million mince pies, five million Christmas puddings and two million turkeys ending up in black bin bags.

The stats from Unilever and Love Food Hate Waste show that 35% of us admit to throwing away more food over the festive season than any other time of year.

With January being tight on the old purse strings, why not save some cash and help the environment by having a rummage in your cupboards to see what you can use up, and make the most of your New Year's leftovers?

Here's how...

1. Left with too much stilton cheese? It lasts for ages in the freezer, ready for you to refrost to make a warming soup or quiche.

2. Freeze any leftover cooked meats for when you fancy making a pie, curry or casserole.

3. Sick of Christmas pudding and still got loads left? Try turning it into a tasty strudel.

4. Bought too much mincemeat? Heat a small amount in a pan and spoon over ice-cream for a yummy treat.

5. Mix any leftover cranberry sauce with mayonnaise for a delicious sandwich topper with meat or cheese.

6. Once a cheese packet is opened and you know won't be used right away, grate the cheese and put it in the freezer: it keeps longer and is ready to use for cooking when you need it.

7. Use up satsumas with this quick pudding. Peel and place the whole fruits in an oven proof dish, sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon, spoon over a tablespoon of Cointreau or whisky and sprinkle with soft brown sugar. Cover and bake in the oven at 180°C (350°F) mark 4 for 40 minutes serve with cream, yoghurt or ice cream.

8. Got people coming for drinks? Make these spicy nuts out of any half opened packets of nuts. Take a mixture of brazil nuts, almonds, pecans and put them in a roasting tin.

Sprinkle over ½ tsp each of cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, sea salt, black pepper and 2 tsp caster sugar. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and bake for 15 min. Cool before storing in air tight jars or tupperware containers.

9. Use your leftover Christmas cake to make a fruity bread pudding.

For more information and recipes on using up your leftovers, visit lovefoodhatewaste.com

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