Tips on saving Christmas food

PUBLISHED: 12:45 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

CELEBRITY chef Paul da-Costa-Greaves has launched a new campaign offering tips and advice on making Christmas fare go further. As part of the 'Don't let Devon go to Waste' campaign, Topsham chef Paul is offering a selection of his favourite Christmas reci

CELEBRITY chef Paul da-Costa-Greaves has launched a new campaign offering tips and advice on making Christmas fare go further.As part of the 'Don't let Devon go to Waste' campaign, Topsham chef Paul is offering a selection of his favourite Christmas recipes with a twist.They all contain some sort of easy waste-saving idea to help combat the estimated 230,000 tonnes of festive food thrown away each year.The chef, who co-owns The Galley, has suggestions ranging from cutting down on peelings by leaving the jackets on roast potatoes to recycling extra mincemeat and satsumas into a Boxing Day bread and butter pudding as well as curries and soups.He said: "I'm pleased to join together with the campaign to give people ideas on how to reduce food waste with an alternative twist."It happens every year - you've made such a wonderful job with the main meal that the family can only manage a mouthful of pudding. "Don't bin it - download my online recipe to show you how to make Christmas pudding ice cream, all you need is the left over puddings, some custard and the freezer."Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: "Nationally around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown in the bin, costing the average family around £420 a year and this increases by 80 per cent during Christmas."With our busy lifestyles, there are many reasons why food might not get eaten - we don't know what we have in the cupboards, we cook too much and forget to freeze it to use later and we sometimes lack the knowledge on how to use up our leftovers. "Our initiative is not here to judge, just to help with getting perfect portions, how to be a good fridge manager and offer tasty leftovers recipes."The campaign will be continued next year with recipes for Easter, barbecues and summer parties.l The recipes are available to download at www.recycledevon.org

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