Christmas and food, they’re inseparable.
Whether you think of turkey, mince pies or chocolates hung on the tree, food is usually a large part of our celebrations. However, turkey sandwiches for a week after Christmas or not enough food to feed the 3 extra relatives you’d forgotten you’d invited can put a dampener on our festivities.
We and our Waste Elves are great fans of meal planning and with recent polls showing that each household is likely to spend on average £159 on food and drink this Christmas, it’ll be really annoying to see a lot of food (your money) getting thrown in the bin over the holidays.
Another bonus to planning your meals and writing a shopping list using your meal plan is that you’ll spend less time at the shops staring at all the different options or if you shop online you can avoid the queues altogether!
Where to start though?
You need to make the time. It’s an upfront investment that will pay you back – think how long you’d be queuing on the 23rd if you need just 2 items you’d forgotten…
- Confirm who will be coming round and when, remember to check for dislikes and allergies too
- Decide what you’ll be making and plan some meals to use up leftovers.
- Write it down – you could use an online planner such as the Love Food Hate Waste app or one of the many out there you could print out. Here’s our own Festive meal planner (958 downloads) to help you.
- Make your shopping list
- Put the planner and list somewhere you can easily get to it
You might also want to plan a few meals before Christmas to clear out space in your fridge, freezer and cupboards to make room for the festive food. There’s lots of foods you can buy now for Christmas and store until you need them – maybe the Waste Elves will give you some ideas on another day of Christmas!