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Apples

Apples

Apples

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store Apples.
For freshness and quality, always store your apples in the fridge in their original packaging. They will last longer than if left out in a fruit bowl.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Apples can be frozen in slices after they have been quickly cooked in boiling water. Freeze in a single layer, then pack into bags once frozen. You can use the frozen apples to make apple cake or apple sauce.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

One bad apple can spoil the barrel, so keep an eye on your fruit. Separate out fruit which is ripening more quickly than the others. However, don’t throw bruised apples away. Cut off any brown parts and chop the rest into wedges for a snack, or grate the remaining apple into salads. Use up wrinkly or soft fruit in smoothies.

USE IT UP

You can use up wrinkly or soft fruit in smoothies. Apples past their best are great in pickles, chutneys or even added to a curry. Stew old apples to make apple sauce or use up in a crumble.

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Baked Stuffed Apples

BAKED STUFFED APPLES

This stuffed apples recipe is simple to pull together, and makes for a great light bite with a mixed salad

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Aubergine

Aubergine

Aubergine

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store aubergine.
For freshness and quality, always store your aubergine in the fridge in their original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Slice and grill aubergine before freezing to prevent it going mushy. Cooked aubergine can also be frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Try to cut just before cooking to keep your aubergine fresh.

USE IT UP

If roasting an aubergine whole, prick it with a fork before cooking or it will explode!

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Lentil Aubergine and Tomato Moussaka

LENTIL AUBERGINE AND TOMATO MOUSSAKA

This delicious vegetarian dish is a great one to have on standby in the freezer and is a good vegetarian option for the main Christmas meal. Serve with garlic bread and crispy green salad.

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Avocado

Avocado

Avocado

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store avocados.
If your avocados are ripe, store them in the fridge in their original packaging. If you want them to ripen, store them at room temperature until ripe.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
To freeze your avocado, cut in half, peel and put in a sealable bag or container and freeze. You can also puree or mash the avocados with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lime or lemon juice. Store in a resealable bag and freeze. It's a good idea to put indentations in the bag to make for easy portion sizes later.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

If you only need half an avocado, leave the stone in the other half and refrigerate, this will prevent it going black.

USE IT UP

Use up wrinkly or soft fruit in smoothies. Frozen avocados are great for making guacamole, dressings and spreads, just defrost overnight in the fridge and they're ready to use!

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Haggis Nachos

HAGGIS NACHOS

Perfect for sharing, this dish makes a great snack for a casual weekend party.

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Bacon

Bacon

Bacon

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store bacon.
Once a packet is opened, follow the on-pack instructions about how to store it and when to use it up by. All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Separate a large pack of bacon into slices using greaseproof paper before freezing. Then, you can just defrost what you need at a later date.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Keep cooked meat separate from raw meat.

USE IT UP

Don't throw away any leftover cooked bacon from breakfast, chop it up for a crunchy topping to your salads or favourite pasta dish. Any bacon that needs using up can be added to soups, stews or bakes.

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Bacon and Onion Flaky Pastry Rolls

BACON AND ONION FLAKY PASTRY ROLLS

These are flat flaky, palm-shaped little bites that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Even if the pastry is ready-rolled make sure you roll it out a bit thinner.

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Baked Goods

Crumpets Bagels Baked Goods

Baked Goods (Crumpets / Bagels etc.)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store baked goods.
Store baked goods at room temperature in sealed bags to prevent them from going stale.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes
Baked goods like bagels and crumpets can be frozen. Separate and slice before freezing and keep them in sealed packaging, so you can defrost what you need later. They can also be toasted directly from frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Once the pack is open, re-seal tightly (use a peg or food clip) and store in a bread bin or cupboard.

USE IT UP

If your bread is a bit stale, sprinkle with water and place in a hot oven for a few minutes to freshen up. Old bread is also great for making breadcrumbs - they can be used for a crunchy topping on pasta bakes and fruit crumbles, or you can freeze them in a sealed container to use up later.

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Fig Salami and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pepper Sandwich

FIG SALAMI AND BLUE CHEESE STUFFED PEPPER SANDWICH

This recipe is great for using up any type of bread.

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Banana

Banana

Banana

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store bananas.
Keep your bananas somewhere nice and cool, in a cupboard or on the side, ideally in their original packaging. Bananas will go black in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Bananas can go brown quite quickly so if you see them start to go speckled, peel and freeze them to use later.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Always keep bananas separate from other fruits unless you want the other fruit to ripen quickly.

USE IT UP

Frozen bananas are great for smoothies, as well as banana bread or loaf. Blend frozen bananas in a food processor for a healthy alternative to ice cream, or bake them in the oven with a bit of honey on top for a nice dessert. You can also add bananas to savoury dishes; use them up in a curry, ideally with vegetables or lentils.

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EASY-PEASY BANANA MUFFINS

Quicker than a full loaf, these squidgy cakes are the perfect size to grab on the go. Jazz them up with some chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you have in the cupboards!

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Beans

Beans

Beans - All Varieties (Fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store beans.
Fresh beans should be kept in the fridge in their original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
All beans can be frozen! Raw or cooked, ensure beans are stored in a sealed container before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Beans will keep fresher for longer if left whole in their original packaging in the fridge. When you're ready to use them up, wash under running water and chop.

USE IT UP

Green beans are a great addition to stir fries, casseroles or salads, as well as on their own as a healthy snack.

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Minestrone Verde Soup

MINESTRONE VERDE SOUP

This is a great way to use up any leftover pasta. As well peas, you can add whatever frozen veg you have e.g. green beans.

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Beef

Beef

Beef

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store beef.
All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things. Always keep cooked meats in the fridge, well wrapped and away from raw meat.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cooked and raw beef can be frozen in a sealed bag or container. You can also freeze previously frozen meat if it's been cooked.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

If only half a packet of meat is needed, reseal well or store in an airtight container. Store in the fridge or freeze to use later.

USE IT UP

Cut any leftover steak into strips and use it in a stir fry. Any cooked meats can be added to salads, sandwiches or wraps for lunch the next day.

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Beef Stew with Dumplings

SLOW COOKER BEEF STEW WITH DUMPLINGS

This recipe can be adapted to suit what you have in the fridge.

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Beer

Beer

Beer

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store beer.
Canned or bottled beer or cider should be stored in the fridge or a cool place without direct light.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Bottled beer can be saved for later. Once opened, reseal the bottle with an airtight cap and store in the fridge.

USE IT UP

Leftover beer or cider can be added to rich meat stews or casseroles.

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Cider Can Pork Fillet

CIDER CAN PORK FILLET

Making homemade stuffing is a fantastic way to use up leftover bread and the breadcrumbs can be stored in the freezer to use later.

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Beetroot

Beetroot

Beetroot

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store beetroot.
Fresh beetroot is best stored whole and in the fridge for freshness.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
It is best to freeze beetroot when cooked. First boil or steam the beetroot, allow to cool and pop into a sealed container and freeze.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Once peeled or cut, store any uneaten beetroot in an airtight container in the fridge

USE IT UP

You can roast beetroots past their best and blend with chickpeas to make hummus, or grate raw beets and add to no-bake granola bars.

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Beetroot Hummus

BEETROOT HUMMUS

Here's a new take on a classic hummus, using beetroot to give freshness, lightness and vibrancy.

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Berries

Strawberries Raspberries Blackberries Berries

Berries

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store berries.
Store berries in their original packaging in the fridge.     

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
You can freeze fresh berries on a tray first (so that they don't lump together) and then store in an airtight container in the freezer. Or why not try shop-bought frozen fruit? It is often cheaper than fresh, and you can take as much as you need straight from the freezer.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Keep your berries in the fridge and only bring to room temperature when you are ready to eat them.

USE IT UP

Squishy berries and strawberries make a great smoothie – simply blend with yogurt, milk or fruit juice. Frozen berries are also good for using in grown-up drinks.

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Crunchy Fruit and Oat Crumble

CRUNCHY FRUIT AND OAT CRUMBLE

Crumbles are fantastic for a pudding. This version is much lower in fat than traditional crumble and great for using up all sorts of odds and ends.

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Bread

Bread

Bread

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store bread.
Keep bread and rolls in a fairly cool, dark and dry place, like bread bin or cupboard, in their original packaging. (Clean your bread bin or cupboard regularly to get rid of mould spores.)

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
You can freeze all varieties of bread. To make it easier to separate bread slices after freezing, bang your loaf gently on a work surface before you put it in the freezer. Slices from a frozen loaf can be defrosted as needed, or toasted straight from the freezer.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

If you store bread in the fridge it will make it go stale quicker! Once a loaf is opened, fold the wrapper under the loaf or re-tie it with the ‘best before’ tag or food clip.

USE IT UP

Stale bread makes great breadcrumbs – you can freeze them to use for crumble or pasta bake toppings, stuffing or thickening sauces. Did you know you can make sandwiches from frozen bread? They will even defrost by lunchtime, keeping the filling cool.

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Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding

FOOD UNEARTHED SAVOURY BREAD & BUTTER PUDDING

What better way to use up a stale loaf of bread than making a warming bread and butter pudding?

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Broccoli

Broccoli

Broccoli (fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store broccoli.
Broccoli should be stored in the fridge in its original packaging, to keep it at its best. <

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Chop and blanch broccoli for three minutes before freezing to retain the flavour.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up broccoli by placing the stem in a jar or glass of water in the fridge.

USE IT UP

Cooked broccoli can be blitzed with milk and used as a creamy sauce for fish or chicken. Don't discard broccoli stalks: these are the best bits! Cut them lengthways and cook with the florets, or serve raw in salads.

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Puff Pastry Topped Vegetable Pie

PUFF PASTRY TOPPED VEGETABLE PIE

Puff pastry transforms unappetizing left-over vegetables into a brand new dish!

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Butter or Spreads

Butter or Spreads

BUTTER OR SPREADS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store butter and spreads.
Butter should be kept in the fridge in a resealable container or packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
You can freeze butter in small squares and add directly to meals when cooking. Butter can also be defrosted in the microwave - use a defrost or low setting for 15 second intervals for best results.

USE IT UP

Why not try making flavoured butter with leftover garlic, fresh herbs or spices? Once made, freeze in ice cube trays, and use the cubes to add to cooking or defrost when needed. Old butter and margarine tubs are great containers for freezing leftovers!.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Flapjacks

PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA FLAPJACKS

These energy bars are great for using up any nuts or dried fruit you have in the back of your cupboard; desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, or anything else you fancy!

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Cabbage

Cabbage

Cabbage (fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store cabbage.
Cabbage should be stored it in the fridge, either in its original packaging or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Blanch sliced cabbage for 90 seconds, then place in ice water before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up cabbage that is looking a bit limp and tired by popping into a bowl of ice-cold water for a few minutes.

USE IT UP

Finely slice raw cabbage, carrots and onions and mix with mayonnaise for a quick and easy homemade coleslaw.

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Pomegranate Glazed Red Cabbage

POMEGRANATE GLAZED RED CABBAGE

The perfect side dish to liven up your roasts – fact! This would go banging with lamb for your Sunday lunch, or indeed for a vegetarian/vegan mezze.

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Cake

Cake

CAKE

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store cake.
Cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, but if storing in the fridge, wrap first (to avoid absorbing smells and drying out). Enjoy at room temperature.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cakes can be frozen - it is best to freeze cake in slices, put a piece of greaseproof paper between each slice, before freezing, to stop them from sticking together and you can defrost just what you need.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Sponges can be refreshed by popping in the oven for a few minutes or microwave to soften up.

USE IT UP

Toast slices of stale fruit cake or plain sponge and slather with butter. Delicious!

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

A moist delicious cake with a sugary blanket of sticky icing, it’s very moorish so it won’t be around for long!

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Carrot

Carrot

CARROT (FRESH)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store carrots.
Carrots are best stored in the fridge, either in their original packaging or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cooked or uncooked carrots can be frozen. You can also add carrot to a stock bag and freeze along with onions and celery as preparation for a stew or soups.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Bendy carrots? Chop off a small slice from each end and place in cold water. They'll soon perk up.

USE IT UP

Juice your leftover carrots with a touch of ginger and mix with ginger ale, lemonade, lime or coconut milk for an exotic, refreshing, zingy, nutritionally-packed juice. Or use them up by grating them for salads, or carrot cake or muffins.

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Spicy Carrot Burger

SPICY CARROT BURGERS

These tasty, cheap burgers are a good way to use up breadcrumbs and work equally well with some cooked vegetables or salad, or in a burger bun with all the trimmings.

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

CAULIFLOWER (FRESH)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store cauliflower.
Keep cauliflower fresher for longer by storing it in its original packaging in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Slice cauliflower into small florets and blanch for 90 seconds, then cool in a bowl of ice water before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up cauliflower by placing the stem in a jar or glass of water in the fridge.

USE IT UP

Don't forget - the stalks and leaves of a cauliflower are delicious too! Cook along with the florets or slice raw and add to salads.

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Cheat's Cauliflower Cheese

CHEAT'S CAULIFLOWER CHEESE

If you want another idea for using up leftover cream, this one's quick and simple.

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Celery

Celery

CELERY

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store celery.
Celery should be stored in the fridge in its original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Store celery in an airtight container in the freezer, or add to a stock bag in the freezer along with onion and carrots as preparation for a stew or soups.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Put soft or limp celery into a glass of water in the fridge - it will soon crisp up again.

USE IT UP

Celery is great chopped up raw for salads and dips. You can also chop and cook it along with onion and carrot as a flavourful base for soup, stews and pasta sauces.

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Celery, Broccoli and Stilton Soup

CELERY, BROCCOLI AND STILTON SOUP

Seasonal, thick, nourishing... What’s not to like about the classic Broccoli and Stilton soup, especially on a cold day?

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Cereal

Cereal

CEREAL

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store cereal.
Once opened, cereals should be stored in their original packaging sealed with a bag clip. Alternatively use an air tight container to keep it fresh.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Soft or stale cereal can be refreshed in a hot oven for a couple of minutes to crisp up.

USE IT UP

Use up unwanted cereal for chocolate or marshmallow crispy cakes or homemade flapjacks. Cornflakes can be used as an alternative crispy coating instead of breadcrumbs.

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Crunchy Southern Style Bites

CRUNCHY SOUTHERN STYLE BITES

These tasty bites are an amazing way to use up any cornflakes left at the bottom of the box, just add some Cajun spice and transform them into a delicious Southern style coating for chicken.

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Chickpeas

Chickpeas

CHICKPEAS

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store chickpeas.
Once opened, leftover chickpeas should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. <

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Chickpeas freeze well and should be frozen in a sealed container. You can add to soups, stews or curries straight from frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Never store food in open cans in the fridge, as the metal of the can may transfer to the contents.

USE IT UP

Blend leftover chickpeas with olive oil and lemon juice for a delicious homemade hummus.

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Vegetable Curry

VEGETABLE CURRY

Pretty much any leftover veggies can be added to this curry, and it's also great for reheating for lunch the next day.

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Citrus Fruits

Citrus Fruits Oranges Lemons Grapefruits Pomelos Limes

CITRUS FRUITS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store citrus fruits.
Citrus fruits should be stored in their original packaging in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
All citrus fruits can be simply sliced and frozen, or juiced into ice cube trays for adding to drinks and cooking. If you freeze the skins, this will make them much easier to zest with a grater if you want to use them later.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Keep your citrus fruits in the fridge and only bring to room temperature when you are ready to eat them.

USE IT UP

Roll citrus fruit on a hard surface with your hand. This makes them easier to squeeze when cut, to make sure you get the most from them.

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Whole Orange Tray Bake

WHOLE ORANGE TRAY BAKE

This light moist tray bake uses up a whole orange including the skin and it is perfect eaten cold or can be served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

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Courgette

Courgette

COURGETTE

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store courgettes.
Courgettes should be stored in the fridge in their original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cut courgettes lengthways and grill before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up courgette by putting the stalk end in a jar or glass of water in the fridge.

USE IT UP

Courgettes are great cooked or raw. Use a potato peeler to slice them into ribbons for salads, or grate and fry with garlic and chilli for a delicious pasta dish.

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Tomato and Courgette Sauce

CRISTINA'S TOMATO AND COURGETTE SAUCE

This versatile sauce can use up a host of ingredients and can be paired with pasta or egg- two meals in one!

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Cream

Cream

CREAM

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store cream.
Cream should be stored in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Whip leftover fresh cream before you freeze it to prevent it becoming grainy when thawed. Double cream will freeze better than single.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Try buying long-life cream for cooking so you always have it on hand when you need it. It also lasts longer when opened.

USE IT UP

Add leftover cream to potatoes for extra indulgent mashed potato.

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Loaded Baby Potato Bites

LOADED BABY POTATO BITES

New potatoes make the perfect base for any number of delectable savoury nibbles. Here are three great topping ideas but use up any leftover ready cooked potatoes that you have.

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Cucumber

Cucumber

CUCUMBER (FRESH)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store cucumber.
Store cucumber in the fridge in its original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.
Foods with high water content, like lettuce and cucumber, do not freeze well.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up cucumber by putting the stalk end in a jar or glass of water in the fridge.

USE IT UP

You can pickle cucumber in just 15 minutes. Mix ribbons or slices with equal measures of caster sugar and white wine vinegar along with your favourite herbs or spices - this is delicious with fish or for sandwiches.

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Grilled Lamb Pittas with Cucumber Salsa

GRILLED LAMB PITTAS WITH CUCUMBER SALSA

Combining fresh, herby flavours and a delicious cucumber salsa, these pittas are perfect!

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Deli Meats

Deli Meats Salami Ham

DELI MEATS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store deli meats.
Store deli meats in an airtight container in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Slice and separate cooked meats with greaseproof paper before freezing. They can then be defrosted as needed.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Always reseal open packets of sliced meats to keep them fresher for longer.

USE IT UP

Add leftover meats to pizza or creamy pasta dishes.

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Stilton, Ham and Brussel Sprout Tart

STILTON, HAM & BRUSSEL SPROUT TART

Brussel sprouts tend to have the Marmite effect on people. You either love them or hate them. In the Bangers & Mash house we fall firmly on the ‘love them’ side of the fence. Even the children.

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Dips

Dips Hummus Tzatziki

Dips

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store dips
Store your dips in the fridge make sure they are sealed to make them last longer.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Hummus can be portioned and frozen in an airtight container with some space at the top and defrost in the fridge. When the hummus is defrosted the oils may separate just give it a stir and it is as good as fresh! Tzatziki doesn’t freeze well, due to high water content from the cucumber.

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Why not use leftover dips as a spread on toast or as a condiment to a sandwich? Creamy dips can be used as a pasta sauce and salsa added to stews and soups. Here are some inventive ways you can use up leftover dips.

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Morrocan Bread

MAKE TOAST NOT WASTE

Get creative with your loaf, experiment with the tasty, convenient and affordable toppings used in our toast toppers ideas!

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Eggs

Eggs

EGGS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store eggs.
Store your eggs in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Simply crack your eggs into a sealable container and freeze. You can separate yolks from whites first if you want to use them for different dishes. Make sure you label the containers so you can easily identify them later on.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Eggs are best kept in their box to protect them, in the fridge.

USE IT UP

As long as eggs are cooked through, they can be eaten a day or two after their 'best before' date. Use them for a nutritious, cheap meal in an omelette.

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Baked Spanish Omelette

SPANISH OMELETTE

Pretty much anything that’s close to its use-by date can be transformed under the guise of a Spanish omelette.

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Fish

Fish Salmon Sea Bass Cod Haddock

Fish (salmon, sea bass, cod, haddock etc)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store fish.
All raw fish should be wrapped tightly or stored in an airtight container, away from cooked foods and at the bottom of the fridge to stop it touching or dripping onto other items. When buying tinned fish never store in open cans in the fridge, as the metal of the can may transfer to the contents. Put it into a sealable container instead

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Make sure fish is sealed in a container before freezing. Check the packaging of fresh fish before freezing as some fish cannot be frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Tinned fish - salmon, tuna and sardines - are a cheaper and delicious alternative to fresh fish.

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Fish should be cooked, eaten or frozen right up to the use-by date. Fresh fish after the use-by date, is unsafe to eat, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once raw fish has been defrosted ensure you cook within 24 hours. Once cooked this will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or it can then be frozen again. Defrost and eat within 24 hours. Always make sure to check the on-pack instructions after purchasing. Most fish can be flaked and added to scrambled eggs, tossed into spicy rice dishes or made into a pâté by adding mayonnaise or cream cheese for a dip

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Salmon Fish Cakes

SALMON FISH CAKES

This recipe is an inspired way of using up leftover mashed potatoes and using homemade breadcrumbs.

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Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy Drinks

FIZZY DRINKS

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store fizzy drinks.
Fizzy drinks should be re-sealed tightly and stored in the fridge or cupboard.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Freeze fizzy drinks into moulds.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Consider buying smaller cans or bottles if you frequently waste soft drinks. Soft drinks that have gone flat are great for freezing into ice lollies.

USE IT UP

Amazingly, cola is used as an ingredient in some cake and meat and poultry recipes!

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Cider Can Pork Fillet

CIDER CAN PORK FILLET

Making homemade stuffing is a fantastic way to use up leftover bread and the breadcrumbs can be stored in the freezer to use later.

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Fruit Juice

Fruit Juice Orange Juice Tropical Juice

FRUIT JUICE

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store fruit juice.
Store opened juices in the fridge or according to pack instruction.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Make your own ice lollies from leftover smoothies, apple and orange juice.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Writing a "drink by" date on an open carton will help to ensure it is used up.

USE IT UP

Simmer soft fruits and apples past their best in leftover fruit juice, as a base for a crumble or topped with ice cream.

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Summertime Smoothie

SUMMERTIME SMOOTHIE

Use up leftover fruit in this summer smoothie..

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Grapes

Grapes

GRAPES

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store grapes.
Keep grapes fresher for longer by storing them in their original packaging in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Wash them and freeze individually to use as tasty ice cubes or to blend into smoothies. Please note: frozen grapes are not for children, as they are a choking hazard.

USE IT UP

Use up wrinkly or soft fruit in smoothies.

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Quinoa Salad with Apple and Grape

QUINOA SALAD WITH APPLE AND GRAPE

Grain-based salads are filling and nutritious, and work really well with fresh fruit, which adds colour, texture and taste.

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Hard Cheese

Hard Cheese

HARD CHEESE

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store hard cheese.
Hard cheese should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge - if you're using its original packaging, you can use a bag clip to seal it up. Blue cheese can be wrapped in tin foil.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Freeze your cheese! If you are buying a big block of hard cheese to make the most of a store bargain, grate it first and freeze to use later. This is good for cheese on toast, on top of baked beans or in an omelette.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Fresh parmesan can be expensive. To make it last longer, grate the whole wedge of parmesan into a container and place in the freezer – it’ll last for ages!

USE IT UP

Stale, hard cheese can be grated into mash or used over pasta dishes or chilli.

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Cheesy Toast Melts

CHEESY TOAST MELTS

This is a basically a slightly fancy cheese on toast, great for making use of leftover ends of cheeses and bread - don’t feel afraid of mixing different types together if you have a few different types

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Herbs

Herbs

HERBS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store herbs.
Keep herbs in their original packaging in the fridge. For 'Living/potted' herbs, follow the instructions on the packaging or consider re-potting.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
It’s worth freezing herbs that you use regularly, such as mint, parsley, chives, and tarragon. Wash and dry them before freezing whole in freezer bags, or chopped into ice cube trays covered with water. They can be cooked from frozen in casseroles, stews and sauces.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Keep herbs fresher for longer by keeping them in their original packaging in the fridge. Alternatively, place your fresh herbs into a half-filled jar with cold water. Keep in the door of your fridge, and change the water every few days. Garlic is best stored in a cool, dry place, but not the fridge. Cleaned, washed and dried fresh parsley will keep for more than 10 days in a tightly-closed plastic box between layers of paper towel.

USE IT UP

Mixed crushed garlic and herbs with butter to make homemade garlic bread or a topping for meat or fish. You can freeze garlic butter in individual portions to use another time - use an ice-cube tray to freeze cubes which you can then pop into the pot or pan while you're cooking.

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Italian Mixed Bruschetta

ITALIAN MIXED BRUSCHETTA

Bruschetta is a great way of using up items from your fridge, use a variety of leftover cheese, cooked meats, tomatoes and beans, basically anything goes! Serve as a light lunch or before a main meal.

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Honey

Honey

HONEY

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store honey.
Keep honey in a cool location, away from direct sunlight in a tightly sealed container.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Crystallised honey can be revived and softened back to its runny state by placing the container in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.

USE IT UP

Gently warm through and simply pour straight over pancakes for a tasty treat!

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Honey Baked Gammon

HONEY BAKED GAMMON

A piece of gammon is a practical joint for a family lunch. Serve it with parsley sauce, mashed potatoes or a vegetable mash.

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Lamb

Lamb

LAMB (Raw, Cooked)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store lamb.
All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Raw and cooked lamb can be frozen in a sealed bag or container. You can also freeze previously frozen meat if it's been cooked.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

USE IT UP

Cut any leftover cooked lamb into strips and use it in a stir fry. Any cooked meats can be added to salads, sandwiches or wraps for lunch the next day.

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Hearty Lamb Pot

HEARTY LAMB POT

This lamb pot is the best way to use up all of your leftovers from a roast.

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Leek

Leek

LEEK

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store leeks.
Keep leeks fresh by storing them in the fridge in their original packaging, or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Leeks can be frozen! Simply slice and freeze them on a tray, before popping into a sealed container.

USE IT UP

Leeks are a great addition to a vegetable soup or a cheese sauce. Alternatively, you can add cooked leeks to mashed potato.

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Leftover Leek and Potato Pizza

LEFTOVER LEEK & POTATO PIZZA

If you have leftover cooked potatoes to use, from the fridge or freezer, why not try this delicious, simple recipe.

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Lettuce

Lettuce

Lettuce

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store lettuce.
Store all varieties of lettuce in the fridge in their original packaging, or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

No.
Foods with high water content, like lettuce and cucumber, do not freeze well.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Add a piece of kitchen roll to bagged lettuce before sealing with a bag clip, or put lettuce leaves in a tub lined with a piece of kitchen paper to keep them fresh. Lettuce gone a bit limp? Soak individual leaves in a bowl of cold water in the fridge - they'll soon perk up.

USE IT UP

Cook lettuce in a griddle pan or on the barbeque - it's the charred bits that make it delicious! Add leftover lettuce to soups, such as pea soup.

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Braised Baby Lettuce

BRAISED BABY LETTUCE

This speedy cooking method keeps the lettuce quite crisp. Ideal as a fresh-tasting side dish with a Chinese-style meal.

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Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise

MAYONNAISE

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store mayonnaise.
Once opened, reseal and store in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.

USE IT UP

Store nearly-empty jars and bottles of sauce upside-down so the contents gather in the lid, making it easier to use it all up. Try using mayonnaise in mashed potato - it can be used as an alternative to adding milk, cream or butter.

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Mini Falafel with Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip

MINI FALAFEL WITH YOGHURT AND CUCUMBER DIP

If you have veggies coming to your party, they will love these; for a more substantial snack they can also be served in a warmed pitta pocket with chilli sauce and salad.

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Melon

Melon Watermelon

Melon

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store melon
Cut melon should be stored in the fridge. Whole melon should be stored in a cupboard or a fruit bowl.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Before freezing, slice melon in wedges or bitesize chunks in a sealed airtight container. Once defrosted you must store melon in the fridge and consume within 24 hours.

USE IT UP

Get creative with your melon skin and use it as a bowl for fruit salads! This adds to the flavour and saves washing up.Celebrity chef Prue Leith has an unusual recipe for using up watermelon, we think it sounds delicious- wrap in pancetta or bacon and grill.

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Leftover Soup

MAKE TOAST NOT WASTE

Celebrity chef Prue Leith tells us all about her favourite leftovers!

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Milk

Milk

MILK

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store milk.
Store your milk in the fridge. Once opened, long life milk should be stored in the fridge. Always follow on-pack guidance.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Freeze small quantities of milk before the 'use by' date. Defrost in the fridge overnight and use within 24 hours. Alternatively, freeze milk in ice cube trays for popping straight into your hot drink!

USE IT UP

Milk should be consumed or frozen right up to the use-by date. After the use by date, milk is unsafe to drink, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once milk has been defrosted and thawed ensure to consume within 24 hours. If you have your milk in an ice cube tray, you can add a ice cube of milk directly to you hot cuppa. Use up milk in sauces, puddings, scones, smoothies or custard.

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Bread Sauce

BREAD SAUCE

Bread sauce is a true British classic dating back to medieval times and plays a vital role at the Christmas lunch. It's quick and easy to make, can use stale bread and also freezes well.

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Mushrooms

Mushrooms

MUSHROOMS

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store mushrooms.
The best way to store mushrooms is in the fridge in their original packaging or in a paper bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
You can freeze mushrooms raw or cooked. Slice and freeze on a tray (or they'll stick together) and transfer to a sealed container.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

If you buy large punnets of mushrooms you can keep them fresher for longer by covering them with a tea towel folded into layers and tucking it quite tightly inside the punnett, like a snug blanket. Then keep the mushrooms in the bottom of the fridge and don't forget to tuck the rest back in every time you take some out.

USE IT UP

Mushrooms can be good straight from frozen - great for quick supper dishes such as omelettes. Fry wrinkly mushrooms in butter or oil for use as a pizza topping or use in stews, sauces and casseroles, or freeze them for later.

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Chickpea and Mushroom Slow Cooker Feast

CHICKPEA & MUSHROOM SLOW COOKER FEAST

Throw these ingredients together in the morning and a warming delicious stew will be waiting for you when you get home.

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Non-Dairy Milks

Non-Dairy Milks oat milk soya milk soy milk almond milk rice milk hazelnut milk hemp milk

Non-Dairy Milks

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store non-dairy milks.
Store fresh milk in the fridge. Ambient or long life milk, once opened, should be stored in the fridge. Always follow on-pack guidance.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Freeze small quantities of milk before the 'use by' date. Defrost in the fridge overnight and use within 24 hours. Alternatively, freeze milk in ice cube trays for popping straight into your hot drink!

USE IT UP

Add a leftover milk to a smoothie with strawberries, mango, bananas... or any fruit you like!

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Chocolate Chip French Casserole

CHOCOLATE CHIP FRENCH CASSEROLE

Veganised Chocolate Chip French Toast Casserole that's perfect for breakfast or dessert! Use up your stale bread, reducing your waste, turning into something super tasty.

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Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and Seeds

NUTS AND SEEDS

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store Nuts and Seeds.
Store nuts in their original pack, sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Nuts can be frozen - make sure they are sealed in a freezer bag or airtight container.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Freshen up any type of nut by toasting them on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes.

USE IT UP

Chop nuts up and freeze for use on ice cream or in crumble toppings - you can add them straight from the freezer! You can also use them in a simple pesto. Green pesto is basically basil, oil, Parmesan and pine nuts – you can substitute any one of these ingredients for something similar, like parsley or even bagged salad for basil, another hard (or even blue) cheese for Parmesan, and walnuts, pecans or almonds for pine nuts.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Flapjacks

PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA FLAPJACKS

These energy bars are great for using up any nuts or dried fruit you have in the back of your cupboard; desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, or anything else you fancy!

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Oil

Oil

OIL

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store oil.
Store at room temperature in a dry place.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Oils can be frozen in ice cube trays.

USE IT UP

Use oils to preserve herbs. Either in ice cube trays for freezing, or in a sealed jar.

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Olive Tapenade Toasts

OLIVE TAPENADE TOASTS

It’s much cheaper and simpler to make your own tapenade and great for making leftover bread something more interesting.

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Onion

Spring Onion Onion

ONION (fresh and Spring Onion)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store onions.
Onions (brown, red, white) are best stored in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag. Spring onions should be stored in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
If you only need 1/2 an onion, chop up the rest and freeze to save time when you next need to cook in a hurry - they can be cooked straight from frozen.

USE IT UP

Buy smaller onions as they're often cheaper and there’s less waste if you're cooking for one person. Add leftover onion to a stock bag and freeze along with celery and carrots as preparation for stew or soups.

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Spring Onion Pancakes

SPRING ONION PANCAKES

A favourite at Chinese restaurants, these moreish pancakes can be served in the place of bread with many meals, or with a spicy dipping sauce as part of a Chinese-style meal.

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Parsnip

Parsnip

PARSNIP

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store parnips.
Store parsnips in the fridge in their original packaging, or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cooked or uncooked parsnips can be frozen. You can blanch in boiling water for a few minutes and cool in ice water or roast in the oven before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Bendy parsnips? Chop off a small slice from each end and place in cold water. They'll soon perk up..

USE IT UP

In the same way you can use carrot or courgette, you can use up parsnip in cakes!

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Baked Stuffed Apples

BARLEY, ROOT VEG, BACON AND CHEESE

Turn your root veg into a feast with this delicious recipe from Chef Neil Forbes of Café St Honore in Edinburgh.

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Pasta

Pasta

PASTA (Fresh and Dried)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store pasta.
Store dry pasta in its original pack, sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Fresh pasta should be stored in the fridge. Always follow on-pack guidance.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cooked too much pasta? Rinse it in cold water and freeze in meal-sized portions. These can be reheated in a microwave or in boiling water when needed.

USE IT UP

Why not use leftover pasta to make a delicious pudding? Place cooked pasta in a greased oven dish, beat two eggs well, add double cream and strawberry jam, and pour evenly onto the pasta and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Spicy Pepper and Sausage Pasta Sauce

SPICY PEPPER AND SAUSAGE PASTA SAUCE

This is a useful basic recipe that the kids will love and takes no time to cook.

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Pastries

Pastries

PASTRIES

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store pastries.
Keep pastries in a cool, dark and dry place, like bread bin or cupboard, in their original packaging, sealed with a bag clip.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Wrap tightly and freeze. They can then be reheated in the oven straight from the freezer.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Sprinkle pastries going slightly stale with water and pop in the oven for five minutes to freshen them up.

USE IT UP

Pastries are a great alternative to sliced bread in your favourite bread and butter pudding recipe.

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Bakery Pudding

BAKERY PUDDING

Every year we bin £76 million worth of bakery from our homes in Scotland..

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Pear

Pear

PEAR

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store pears.
For freshness and quality, store pears in the fridge, ideally in their original packaging or in a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Pears can be frozen in slices after they have been quickly cooked in boiling water. Freeze in a single layer to stop them sticking together, then pack into bags once frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Separate out fruit which is ripening more quickly than the rest. Don’t throw bruised pears away - instead, cut off any brown parts and chop the rest into wedges for a snack, or grate the remaining pear into salads.

USE IT UP

Got leftover pears? Chop and mix them with apples to make a delicious crumble. Blend overripe or bruised pears with other fruits to make a delicious smoothie.

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Mixed Fruit Pancakes

MIXED FRUIT PANCAKES

Pancakes are a great way to turn leftovers into an exciting meal. These are loved by children, or ideal as a quick brunch or teatime snack.

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Peppers

Peppers

PEPPERS (Fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store peppers.
Store them in the fridge in their original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Peppers freeze perfectly. Chop or slice your peppers, pop them in an airtight container and freeze. They can be used straight from frozen.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

If you only used part of a pepper, keep the stalk and seeds attached to the remainder and it will keep fresher for longer.

USE IT UP

Chillies can be frozen whole. Cut and add to your cooking straight from frozen.

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Baked Stuffed Peppers

STUFFED PEPPERS

Stuff boring old-fashioned peppers! There’s a new sheriff in town – pretty, pointy Ramiro peppers with thin skins that don’t need to be pre-cooked before stuffing.

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Pineapple

Pineapple

PINEAPPLE

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store pineapples.
Keep your whole pineapple somewhere nice and cool, in a cupboard or on the side. While it is whole, it should not be kept in the fridge. Once chopped, store in the fridge in an airtight container.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Sliced pineapple can be frozen in an airtight container or bag.

USE IT UP

You can use up leftover pineapple along with any wrinkly or soft fruit in smoothies. Pinapple is also delicious in chutneys.

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Sweet and Sour Leftover Chicken Stir Fry

SWEET AND SOUR LEFTOVER CHICKEN STIR FRY

Use frozen strips of leftover chicken breasts, you can add them to this recipe straight from the freezer. Make sure they are well cooked through and piping hot..

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Pork

Pork

PORK (chops, roasting joint etc)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store pork.
All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Raw and cooked pork can be frozen. Separate raw pork slices with greaseproof paper and seal in an airtight container before freezing.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Keep cooked meat separate from raw meat.

USE IT UP

Pork should be cooked, eaten or frozen right up to the use-by date. After the use-by date, the food is unsafe to eat, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once raw pork has been defrosted and thawed ensure to cook within 24 hours. Once cooked this will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or it can then be frozen again. Defrost and eat within 24 hours. Always make sure to check the on-pack instructions after purchasing. Cut any leftover pork into strips and use it in a stir fry. Any cooked meats can be added to salads, sandwiches or wraps for lunch the next day.

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Baked Stuffed Apples

PORK POPCORN

This recipe from our friends in New Zealand turns trimmings into tasty snack food. Save any fat and skin you have trimmed off your pork shoulder before roasting to make this crunchy pork popcorn.

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Potato

Potato

POTATO (fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store potatoes.
Store your potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag and away from strong-smelling foods like onions.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Leftover cooked potatoes can be frozen. You can also roast boiled potatoes straight from the freezer - pop them in the oven with a little oil to crisp up.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

To store cooked potatoes, cool them as quickly as possible, ideally within one or two hours, and then store in the fridge for up to two days. If potatoes have sprouted, simply remove the sprouts before use, and remember to cut off any green or rotten bits before using.

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Use a potato peeler rather than a knife as this will cut down on waste. Or don't peel at all; you can boil, roast or mash them with the skins on! Keep potato peelings to make delicious homemade crisps. Add salt and pepper, plus whatever extra seasoning you like, then bake in a hot oven.

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Grilled Rooster Potato Wedges

GRILLED ROOSTER POTATO WEDGES

This recipe from Albert Bartlett is best used with All Rounder potatoes. For floury potato varieties like Rooster...

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Poultry

Poultry Chicken Duck Turkey

POULTRY

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store poultry.
All raw poultry should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
You can freeze raw and cooked poultry right up to the 'use by' date. Cut raw chicken breasts into strips, lay them out on a tray and put the tray in the freezer. Once frozen you can pack the strips in bags and then use as many as you need each time, as they can be quickly added to stir fries and cooked from frozen.

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Always keep cooked meats in the fridge, well wrapped and away from raw meat.

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Poultry should be cooked, eaten or frozen right up to the use-by date. After the use-by date, the food is unsafe to eat, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once poultry has been defrosted and thawed ensure to cook raw meat within 24 hours. Once cooked this will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or it can then be frozen again. Defrost and eat within 24 hours. Always make sure to check the on-pack instructions after purchasing. Cut any leftover poultry into strips and use it in a stir fry. Any cooked meats can be added to salads, sandwiches or wraps for lunch the next day.

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Lemon Chicken Slow Cooker Tagine

LEMON CHICKEN SLOW COOKER TAGINE

This chicken recipe adds some zest to your plate.

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Pulses

Pulses

PULSES

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store pulses.
Store dry pulses in their original pack, sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container in a cool dry place. When buying tinned pulses never store in open cans in the fridge, as the metal of the can may transfer to the contents. Put them into a sealable container instead.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cooked pulses can be frozen. Cook a big batch and separate into smaller portions for freezing.

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Use up pulses in soups, stews, curries and casseroles.

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Lentil Soup

LENTIL SOUP

This classic soup recipe was put together by our partner, Chefs @ School, to get pupils thinking about food and how to save it from the bin. Would you try it with your wee ones?

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Rice

Rice

RICE (Cooked and uncooked)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store rice.
Store dry rice and grains in their original pack, sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Cooked rice should be served and eaten immediately. If you have cooked too much, cool cooked rice quickly under cold water, drain and store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container, ideally within one hour. Leftover cooked rice can be kept in the fridge for one day - always re-heat until piping hot before eating.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cool rice quickly then cover and store in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge then reheat until piping hot. For more freezing rice advice please see:www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/article/how-safely-freeze-and-defrost-rice Couscous can be frozen after cooking - it is best to freeze in an airtight sealed bag, and then once you want to use it, it can be microwaved.

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Add a few grains of uncooked rice to your salt shaker. This will stop the salt from getting damp and having to throw it away.

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Rainbow Fried Rice

RAINBOW FRIED RICE

This stir fry is a quick and easy way to use up a host of leftover veggies, in an interesting and flavoursome way.

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Salad Leaves

Salad Leaves

SALAD LEAVES

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store salad leaves.
Store all varieties of salad leaves in the fridge in their original packaging, or alternatively inside a loosely tied plastic bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.
Foods with high water content, like lettuce and cucumber, do not freeze well.

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Add a piece of kitchen roll to bagged lettuce before sealing with a bag clip, or put lettuce leaves in a tub lined with a piece of kitchen paper to keep them fresh.

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Salad leaves should be eaten up to the use-by-date. The food could be unsafe to eat after, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Salads are a perfect way to use up all sorts of small portions of leftovers from all the main food groups, including fish, meat, dairy eggs and grains. Store cupboard essentials such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit or tinned goods are great additions to salads

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Bagged Lettuce Bites

BAGGED LETTUCE BITES

This speedy cooking method keeps the lettuce quite crisp. Ideal as a fresh-tasting side dish with a Chinese-style meal

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Sauces

Sauces Gravy

Sauces

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store sauces
Store your leftover homemade sauce in the fridge and use within a couple of days or freeze. For leftover shop-bought sauces it’s best to follow the storage guidance on the pack or jar - open jars should be stored in the fridge

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
If you’ve made too much sauce for a dish, decant into an airtight tub or freezer bag and freeze. Defrost in the fridge and use within 24 hours.

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Leftover sauces can be added straight from frozen, to a wide range of dishes, to add some extra flavour.

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Leftover Sauce

SAVING SAUCE

It may come as a surprise that the amount of sauces, condiments, herbs and spices we throw away adds up...

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Sausages

Sausages

SAUSAGES

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store them sausages.
All raw meat should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Raw and cooked sausages can be frozen. Separate into portion sizes before freezer, so that you can just defrost one portion at a time. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Always keep cooked meats in the fridge, well wrapped and away from raw meat.

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Sausages should be cooked, eaten or frozen right up to the use-by date. After the use-by date, the food is unsafe to eat, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once poultry has been defrosted and thawed ensure to cook raw meat within 24 hours. Once cooked this will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or it can then be frozen again. Defrost and eat within 24 hours. Always make sure to check the on-pack instructions after purchasing. Sausage meat squeezed from their skins is a great alternative to minced beef or pork - why not try a sausage meat bolognese next time?

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Sausage, Onion and Potato Tray Bake

SAUSAGE, ONION AND POTATO TRAY BAKE

This dish is ideal for weekday suppers as it only takes ten minutes to prepare and uses just one dish for cooking.

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Shellfish

Shellfish Mussels Prawns Clams Crab

SHELLFISH (mussels, prawns, clams, crab etc)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store shellfish.
All raw fish should be stored at the bottom of the fridge in a clean, sealed container to stop it touching or dripping onto other things.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.

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Shellfish should be cooked, eaten or frozen right up to the use-by date. After the use-by date, the food is unsafe to eat, even if it has been stored correctly and looks and smells fine. Once poultry has been defrosted and thawed ensure to cook raw meat within 24 hours. Once cooked this will last for a couple of days in the fridge, or it can then be frozen again. Defrost and eat within 24 hours. Always make sure to check the on-pack instructions after purchasing. Shellfish such as mussels, clams and oysters that are raw or not thoroughly cooked can contain harmful viruses and bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Find out more about shellfish safety here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/fish-and-shellfish-nutrition/#fish-and-shellfish-safety

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Smoked Fish Pie with Cheesy Crumble

EASY SMOKED FISH PIE WITH CHEESY CRUMBLE

This fish pie uses a pastry topping that doesn't need rolling out, just grating!

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Soft Cheese

Soft Cheese

SOFT CHEESE

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store soft cheese.
Cheese like Brie, Camembert and Feta should be well wrapped and stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Cream cheese and Ricotta should be stored in their original container and sealed closed. <

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Not suitable for freezing.
Soft cheese doesn't freeze well but it can be added to savoury sauces. Try making a pasta sauce with your soft cheese, and and then freeze it for another day.

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Cream cheese can be used to enrich a frittata, omelette or mashed potato. Alternatively, try making a 'cheats' cheesecake by mixing it with double cream and orange zest, then pour over crushed gingernut biscuits, leave to set in the fridge, and drizzle it with jam.

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Cream Cheese Marble Brownies

CREAM CHEESE MARBLE BROWNIES

These delicious cream cheese marble brownies are a rich combination of gooey chocolate, coffee and cream cheese.

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Spices

Spices

SPICES

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store spices.
Spices should be stored in an airtight container or jar, in a cool dry place and away from direct sunlight.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
A fresh spice like ginger can be stored in the freezer and grated from frozen.

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Spices last for years, but as they lose their potency you may need to use a little more than your recipe states if the spice is past its 'best before' date.

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Baked Stuffed Apples

PORK POPCORN

This recipe from our friends in New Zealand turns trimmings into tasty snack food. Save any fat and skin you have trimmed off your pork shoulder before roasting to make this crunchy pork popcorn.

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Spinach

Spinach

SPINACH

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store spinach.
Keep spinach fresh by storing in its original packaging in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Wash spinach and steam for two to three minutes. Squeeze out the excess water from the cooked spinach and divide into plastic bags or containers and freeze. Add to any pasta dish, mince, stews or soups when needed.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Like salad leaves, pop a piece of kitchen towel in the bag and use a bag clip to seal. This will absorb any excess moisture.

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Spinach is delicious raw or cooked. Add to salads or use up wilted spinach in your favourite one-pot dish.

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Greek-Style Lamb, Spinach and Feta Pie

GREEK-STYLE LAMB, SPINACH AND FETA PIE

This fantastic dish makes the best of leftover roast lamb, takes its inspiration from Greek cuisine aromatic flavours and uses the classic phyllo pastry.

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Squash

Squash Butternut Pumpkin

SQUASH (butternut, pumpkin etc)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store squashes and pumpkins.
Store your whole, uncut squash in a cool, dark place, like a cupboard.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Roast or mash squash before freezing. Make sure to freeze in an airtight container or bag.

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Once the squash has been cut, wrap tightly and store in the fridge.

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You can roast squash with the skins on, a delicious autumn veg with your Sunday roast.

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Chilled Butternut Squash and Peppadew Sweet Piquante Pepper Soup

CHILLED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND PEPPADEW SWEET PIQUANTE PEPPER SOUP

This soup recipe is simple to pull together, and makes for a great autumnal dish.

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Stone Fruits

Stone Fruits Plums Peaches

STONE FRUITS (plums, peaches)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store stone fruits.
Store your stone fruit in the fridge, in its original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cut fruits in half or into slices and freeze on a tray, before transferring to an airtight container. Alternatively, you can stew them with some fruit juice to make a pie filling and freeze that.

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Separate out fruit which is ripening more quickly than the rest. Don’t throw bruised fruits away - instead, cut off any brown parts and chop the rest into wedges for a snack.

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Add slices of sweet stone fruit to a salad of bitter greens, salty cheese and pungent olives.

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Fruit Bowl Buns

FRUIT BOWL BUNS

These will make use of any slightly soft fruits from the fruit bowl, such as apples, pears, apricots, plums etc.

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Sugar

Sugar

SUGAR

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store sugar.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

No.

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Add herbs and spices to make flavoured sugar. Vanilla sugar is great to add to coffee or as a topper for desserts.

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

A moist delicious cake with a sugary blanket of sticky icing, it’s very moorish so it won’t be around for long!

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Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

SWEETCORN AND CORN ON THE COB (fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store sweetcorn.
Store fresh corn in the fridge, in its original packaging.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Fresh corn can be cut into mini cobs and frozen in freezer bags. When you're ready to use them, pop into a saucepan of boiling water and cook straight from frozen. Alternatively, slice off the kernels and freeze in mini portions, ready to be sprinkled onto pizza or use in salads.

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Use up leftover corn in a simple corn fritter, or try it tossed into an omelette.

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Turkey and Sweetcorn Burgers

TURKEY AND SWEETCORN BURGERS

Children go wild for these burgers, keep them in the freezer for a last minute children’s tea - they can be cooked from frozen. ;Try serving them as small meatballs with tomato sauce and spaghetti.

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Sweet Potato

Sweet Potato

SWEET POTATO

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store sweet potato.
Store in a cool, dry, dark place, ideally in a cloth bag.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
To freeze, wash, peel and boil until tender, slice or mash and sprinkle with lemon juice to stop them from going brown. Cool and put into a container or freezer bag.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

To store leftover cooked sweet potato, cool them as quickly as possible, ideally within one or two hours, and then store in the fridge for up to two days. If potatoes have sprouted, simply remove the sprouts before use, and remember to cut off any green or rotten bits before using.

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Use a potato peeler rather than a knife as this will cut down on waste. Or don't peel at all; you can boil, roast or mash them with the skins on!

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Courgette and Sweet Potato Loaf

COURGETTE AND SWEET POTATO LOAF

A loaf like this is a delicious way to use up eggs and is perfect for sharing.

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Tomato

Tomato

TOMATO (fresh)

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store tomatoes.
Store your tomatoes in the fridge in their original packaging to keep them fresher for longer. For best taste, take them out of the fridge up to 24 hours before eating them.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Whole cherry tomatoes can be frozen and used straight from the freezer. Try making a sauce with any squishy tomatoes and freezing this for use in pasta or casserole dishes another day.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Slow roast tomatoes that are going past their best - once cooled, cover with oil in an airtight container and store in the fridge. Enjoy the fresh tomato flavour for longer!

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Try your frozen tomatoes in place of tinned tomatoes the next time you're making spaghetti bolognese or chilli.

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Grandma's Fresh Tomato Sauce

GRANDMA'S FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Passed down through generations, it’s the simplicity and fresh ingredients that make this sauce so delicious.

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Whole Grains

Whole Grains Freekeh Bulgur Wheat Millet

WHOLE GRAIN (freekeh,bulgar wheat, millet)

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store whole grains.
Store dry whole grains in their original packaging, sealed with a clip, or in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Cooked whole grains should be served and eaten immediately. If you have cooked too much, cool cooked grains quickly under cold water, drain and store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container, ideally within one hour. Leftover cooked whole grains can be kept in the fridge for one day - always re-heat until piping hot before eating.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Cool whole grains quickly then cover and store in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge, then reheat until piping hot.

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Whole grains are great for bulking out soups and casseroles.

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Whole Wheat Pangritata

WHOLE WHEAT PANGRITATA

Italian-style breadcrumbs, flavoured with herbs, garlic and lemon zest. Use generously to add a dash of texture and a pop of flavour to anything from pasta, soups, risotto and salads.

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Wine

Wine

WINE

BEST STORAGE

The cupboard is the best place to store wine.
Store wines in a cool dark place or in the fridge once opened.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Freeze leftover wine in ice cube trays then store in an airtight container.

FRESHER FOR LONGER

Re-cork wine after every glass poured.

USE IT UP

Leftover wine can be added to enrich sauces: bolognese, chilli, stews and casseroles.

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Braised Winter Chicken

BRAISED WINTER CHICKEN

The mulled wine flavours in which the chicken is cooked smacks of winter, and is delicious served with a creamy leek mashed potato or baked potato or you could even serve it with couscous.

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Yoghurt

Yoghurt

YOGHURT

BEST STORAGE

The fridge is the best place to store yoghurt.
Store yoghurt in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

Yes.
Yoghurt and fromage frais can be frozen. Mix yoghurts with over-ripe fruit, add a stick, pour into lolly moulds and freeze for a healthy, refreshing snack.

USE IT UP

Add yoghurts getting close to the 'use by' date to smoothies. You can use empty yoghurt pots to freeze your leftovers in.

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Mini Falafel with Yoghurt and Cucumber Dip

MINI FALAFEL WITH YOGHURT AND CUCUMBER DIP

If you have veggies coming to your party, they will love these; for a more substantial snack they can also be served in a warmed pitta pocket with chilli sauce and salad.

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