With the intentionone of giving you a few tips for celebrating an anniversary. Environmentally friendly Christmas we would also like to offer you some suggestions for avoiding food waste and learning to cook with leftovers.
A study carried out in 2020 by Ener2Crowd shows that Italians waste as much food during the holidays as 500,000 tonnes for an expenditure of 80€ per household. This is a pure carbon footprint as wasted food becomes waste that needs to be disposed of.
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Food wastage is closely linked to our food consumption. habits as a large proportion of food ends up in the rubbish without even passing through our tables. We overestimate the quantity of portions that we really need and we do not pay enough attention to food storage. One of the most important of these is the wording 'best before date': foodstuffs bearing this wording can be consumed even a few days after the date on the packaging.
In this article, we would like to offer you some tips to avoid throwing away some of the typical foods on our Christmas tables.
Cooking with leftover pasta and rice
Leftover pasta and rice can easily be recycled, the pasta can be put in the oven with a little béchamel and butter and become a crispy sformato. The rice, on the other hand, can be used to make meatballs that can be stir-fried or deep-fried for a perfect starter with a glass of wine.
Cooking with leftover fish
Leftover fish, with the addition of rice, can be transformarsi into a delicious paella or croquettes to be baked in the oven, perhaps adding some chopped grilled vegetables to the mix.
Cooking with leftover meat
Leftover meat can be cut into fillets and added to a cold salad, or it can be mixed with an egg and some breadcrumbs and turned into a meatloaf and baked with some potatoes.
Cooking with leftover Christmas sweets
Even leftover cakes can be recycled. Panettone and pandoro can replace savoiardi biscuits in the preparation of tiramisu, or added to eggs, flour and milk, they can become a delicious cake to be baked in the oven. You can also create delicious skewers with pandoro and panettone pieces alternating with fresh fruit or use the slices for sweet toast with butter and jam.
In this article we have offered some useful tips to avoid wasting food during the Christmas holidays.
Learning to live more sustainably does not at all mean having to give up the pleasure of eating at Christmas, it means sitting down to eat with greater awareness and one care for the precious resources that abound to the point of waste in our part of the world and are lacking elsewhere, remembering that every action we take, even the smallest, has an impact on the environment and on all the creatures that live there, including people.