Holiday leftovers. Many of us may find ourselves tossing out leftovers to avoid overindulging or because there’s just no space to store it! Instead of taking the easy route and choosing to ‘throw it out’, we’re dishing out our tips on how to utilize those holiday leftovers and eliminate the waste.

Give it Away! If you’re hosting the holidays, have food storage containers on hand to send guests home with goodies. It’ll save space for you and help you avoid temptation to eat that extra Christmas Cookie! If you’re still buried in leftovers after giving them to guests, pass them along to a neighbor or friend in need.

Store it Right. Make sure that all leftovers are stored in airtight containers. It’ll save you from messy refrigerator spills and keep those goodies fresh for longer!

Freeze! If you don’t think you’ll eat something before it’ll go bad, freeze it! Breads, pastries, cookies, and soups can easily be frozen and thawed for a taste of Christmas after the holidays are over.

Get Creative. Utilize leftover meats such as turkey, ham, or shrimp to create wraps, salads, and sandwiches. If you have leftover veggies and side-dishes, you can recreate a lighter portion of the meal. For leftover nuts and dried fruits, toss them in a spinach salad for a healthy twist!

Better Safe than Sorry! If you have any indication that leftovers may be bad, trust your gut and throw it out!

Repurposing, reusing, and giving away leftovers can make for a light week of cooking for everyone after the holiday rush. If the idea of dividing up and storing leftovers isn’t so appealing, try creating a plan on how you’ll store leftovers prior to holiday festivities. It will save you time and stress on the day of your party, which is something we can all be thankful for!

Cheers and Happy Holidays,