Using up your leftovers
Using up your leftoversCook once, eat twice to waste less time, effort and food. Work leftovers into your weekly meal plan – they're ideal for lunchboxes.
- Leftovers let you cook once, eat twice, reducing both time spent in the kitchen and wasted food
- Most leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days if well wrapped or kept in an airtight container
- Label and date your leftovers before they go in the freezer so you know when to enjoy them at their best – and what they are!
- When planning a week's meals, work in leftovers too – they can make tasty and quick lunches and snacks
- Try this recipe finder to search for ways to use up leftovers and remaining ingredients
Food safetySome leftover foods can be eaten cold straight from the fridge, others you’ll have to heat through until piping hot.
- Most leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days if cooled as quickly as possible and kept well wrapped or in an airtight container
- Put leftovers to be frozen in a portion-sized container so you can defrost only what you need
- Only reheat chilled leftovers or defrosted meals once
- It's important to defrost leftovers properly then heat until piping hot throughout
- You should only freeze meat and fish once. But you can defrost meat, cook it as a meal and then freeze the meal