10 tips to avoid waste at the table during the Christmas holidays

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Christmas is upon us and together with the happiness of being all together in the holidays, anxiety and organizational stress also grows, especially if this year you have decided to organize your Christmas Eve dinner or New Year's Eve dinner at your home.

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Il Christmas is upon us and together with the happiness of being all together in the holidays, anxiety and organizational stress are also growing, especially if this year you have decided to organize the Christmas Eve dinner or the new Year's Eve dinner at your home.





So, if you are the lucky ones for Christmas 2016, all that remains is to arm yourself with good will and follow some advice.

How many times, for example, have you thought about how to avoid it food waste during the holidays? Adoc, the consumer orientation defense association, takes care of the answer through the campaign "Beware of the package!", aims to protect consumers from so-called Christmas rip-offs.

“The campaign aims to properly inform the consumer on every aspect related to the Christmas holidays, to avoid getting scammed. From the vademecum on how to buy online without fear to how to correctly choose games, cosmetics, clothes, typical food products, Christmas trees and lights, to how to avoid food waste ", he declares Roberto Tascini, president of the Adoc.

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The association also invites all consumers who are afraid of having suffered a "package" to contact the local Adoc offices for assistance and advice; and to report on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag #attentialpacco, any inconvenience and damage suffered, in order to share their experience and help other consumers not to fall for it.

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So here are the tips to avoid food waste at dinners

Plan the menu

Carefully plan the holiday menu, in this way you are aware of what and how much to buy, spending the right amount. Just think that the 32% sometimes it is wasted due to an excess of generic purchases.



Buy only what you need

Buy only the essentials, preferring the quality to quantity, a less laid but tastier table is better. This way you avoid buying unnecessary products.

Stay clear of the 3 × 2

Ok, sometimes it can be convenient, but if we already know that we will not use it, why buy it? Therefore, avoid the illusory promotional offers like 3 × 2, in this way you buy and spend more than necessary. 26% of the waste derives from the purchase of products on special offers.

4) Eat calmly

Not eating in a hurry allows for better digestion and makes it possible to enjoy multiple courses.

5) No to binge eating

Reduce or moderate the portions to serve. There is no point in cooking for 40 people if there are ten of you at the table.

6) Reuse leftover food

If there are leftovers, they can be reused in the preparation of other courses: for example, pandoro and panettone can be reused to create new desserts. There fruit it can be reused in the creation of jams or syrups.

Freeze leftovers

The leftover portions can be frozen for other occasions.

Everything in its place

Store the vegetables in the lower part of the fridge to prevent them moldy. For fruit, the best storage method is at room temperature. Fruits and vegetables account for 16% of the most wasted products, so it is important to follow one correct storage.

Keep the fruit and vegetables you intend to consume shortly separate from those you intend to keep longer.



9) Follow the seasonality

Follow the calendars of the season: buying products out of season costs much more.

Food preservation

The fish can be kept in the refrigerator, if fresh, for a couple of days at most, or it can also be frozen. It must be placed in an intermediate position in the fridge, suitably wrapped in cling film or in closed containers.

Molluscs must be stored in a intermediate floor, in containers that ensure isolation from other foods to avoid any exchange of bacteria.

Dominella Trunfio

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