Gary Maclean joins the festive fight against food waste

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With the festive season upon us, we teamed up with Chef Gary Maclean, Winner of MasterChef: The Professionals and Scotland’s National chef, to help Scots tackle food waste at Christmas with a checklist of tips and hacks designed to help minimise food waste - and time spent in the kitchen! “For me, Christmas Day isn’t about slaving away in the kitchen, it’s about spending time with family and the kids playing with Lego on the living room floor! Planning ahead, not overcooking the turkey, getting portion sizes right and using a serving-style that makes the post-dinner tidy up incredibly easy are all on my festive food waste checklist.” In December alone it’s estimated that a staggering 60 million meals will go uneaten. Among this figure are seasonal favourites that include 3.5 million mince pies, more than 240,000 Christmas puddings and over 100,000 turkeys. If saved from going to waste, this could feed the entire population of Scotland from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and represents a potential collective saving of over £90 million to Scottish households.

Gary tip’s include:

  • Serve Christmas lunch ‘buffet-style’ to enable guests to choose their preferred portion size
  • Using up leftovers in tasty, easy-to-make party recipes like turkey spring rolls - see below!

Check out all Gary’s tips and hacks in this video and his tasty recipes below - turkey spring rolls anyone?