Here are some tips on how to use up your New Year’s Eve leftovers if you want to know how to reduce waste when celebrating at home.
Let’s take a look at the preparation phase before we get to what we can do with the party leftovers. We sometimes fail to be realistic when preparing for special occasions and not just New Year’s Eve. As a host, we may go overboard on courses and serving sizes through worrying that there might not be enough food. We may think to ourselves that “we will eat leftovers tomorrow”, but often still fail to prevent waste. For this reason, when planning a celebration dinner, it is better to be realistic and properly calculate how much food will actually be eaten. Think about the courses and how much one person can eat and make your preparations accordingly. Another useful method for preventing waste is to make a list before you go shopping. This prevents us from being tempted by appealing products that aren’t really needed and reduces impulse buying.
The secret to reducing food waste during the meal is proper serving sizes. If you are serving food buffet-style or on platters, serving small portions may help people to clean their plates. Some hotels with buffets do the same to reduce waste: They put out one-portion servings so that people take just enough for themselves.
Of course, you can always reheat and eat the food later on. You can also give leftovers to animal shelters or compost them. Or you can freeze them straight away and keep them for months. If you store them in small containers, you can take out just enough for however many people there and reheat it.
What about creating new dishes from the same ingredients or meals?