Through FoodCloud, Tesco donates surplus food to charities within their communities, food that is perfectly fit for human consumption but cannot be sold for a variety of reasons (e.g.: fresh produce that will not be sold the next day, short dated product, slightly damaged packaging or mistakes in ordering).
In celebration of our partnership with FoodCloud and encouraging you to cut down on food waste we're bringing you top tips for spicing up your leftovers.
Be safe and store and thaw leftovers properly
Before you tackle leftovers, make sure you know what you’re doing when it comes to prep and storage.
Store your leftovers safely by covering and freezing or refrigerating everything once the cooked food has cooled.
If you’re putting food in the freezer, label and date each item. Don’t forget you can freeze vegetables you didn’t cook. Pop them in boiling water for two or three minutes, drain and freeze in bags. If you plan on keeping leftovers in your fridge, here are some times you’ll need to remember.
- Beef, lamb, or pork will stay good for 3-4 days, refrigerated properly.
- Bacon is good for a week.
- Slices of ham are generally good for 3-5 days.
- Poultry casseroles are good for 3-4 days. Chicken pieces like nuggets are usually good for 1-2 days, while cooked pieces e.g. fillets will last for 3-4 days.
- Fish and shellfish is safe for 3-4 days.
- Soups and stews are also good for 3-4 days.
If you’re not sure if something is safe, give it a quick whiff. If it’s got a pong about it, throw it out.