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Minimizing Food Waste: A Recipe for Joyful Holidays

Minimizing Food Waste: A Recipe for Joyful Holidays

It’s holiday season! One of the first things people think about when they think about the holidays is gathering with their families or friends to feast. It is a time when we often end up indulging in delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners together with our loved ones.

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However, have you ever thought about how much food can go to waste during this period of the year?

The holiday spirit sometimes drives us to over-prepare and cook more frequently than needed. Food waste around the holidays is a real issue, and we are here to help you shift your behaviour around food during this festive time. We believe that food waste can be addressed through conscious choices and persistence, and it need not be any different during holiday parties.

Below is a collection of tips on how you can avoid food waste and encourage your loved ones to do the same:

  • Plan: The first stage of any food gathering should be to plan accordingly. Make a realistic grocery list, considering how many people you are serving. This way, you can avoid cooking for 12 people if you are actually serving only five. Consider the ingredients you already have at home and whether or not your guests will be bringing food.
  • Plating for Yourself: Have people serve their own plates. This can help to avoid over-serving and the leaving of uneaten food on plates (which ends up in the garbage); people can always serve themselves a second helping if they want more later.
  • Share leftovers: We get it; sometimes, cooking just enough for everyone is hard. If there are leftovers when the party is over, be prepared with eco-friendly containers and encourage your friends and family to take leftovers home.
  • Store it safely: If you still have some leftovers for yourself, make sure to either eat them soon or freeze them for a later date. Leftovers can always save you on a busy day when you don’t have time to cook!
  • Repurpose leftovers: You can also repurpose your leftovers to create new delicious dishes with  the remainders of your holiday meal.

But that’s not all we have!

Join us on social media to learn different recipes from our team. These recipes are from all over the world and are made for smaller groups of three to four people, helping you avoid leftovers in a fun way by discovering different international cuisines.

Happy holidays!

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