It Pays To Be A Food Lover This Christmas

Chance to win a Christmas hamper worth £70 plus festive food tips

Five festive food tips

1. Turkey doesn’t have to be just for Christmas. Carve it all up on Christmas day and freeze any leftovers to use for pies, stir fry, curry or stroganoff.

2. If you’re catering for extra people why not try the Perfect Portion calculator at to remove the guess work?

3. As many of us don’t want to even think about going to the shops over Christmas, milk and bread are both ideal basics for storing in the freezer. Leftover hard cheeses, such as stilton and cheddar, are also perfect for freezing and can be dropped straight into soups and sauces for extra flavour.

4. The most important date to remember at Christmas is the use-by date – you can eat or freeze foods right up the end of the use-by date. Best before dates are for quality; you can eat foods after this date but they may no longer be at their best.

5. You can also find stocking filler ideas for foodie friends on to save money and make more of your food!

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This Christmas residents in Hounslow could save up to £50, simply by not throwing away food that could have been eaten.

According to research by the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, UK households needlessly chuck out a staggering eight million tonnes of food every year – enough to fill Wembley Stadium around eight times over. This works out for the average family at about £50 worth of food in the bin every month. And it’s not just peelings and bones either. Most of this is good food, like bread, meat, cheese and vegetables that we buy, but don’t get round to eating.

But by following some simple steps, such as making a shopping list, storing food properly, planning portions and eating up tasty leftovers for lunch, we could all enjoy an extra bit of cash in the run up to Christmas and reduce the amount of food ending up in landfill.

As well as saving money by preventing waste, residents also have the chance to win a Christmas hamper worth £70, containing food lover goodies such as; weighing scales, storage containers, Good Food and Good Housekeeping cookbooks, bag clips, a fridge thermometer, measuring jug and spoons.

To enter, all you need to do is visit

To find out more and to see how you can reduce waste this Christmas, visit and

November 23, 2010

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