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Saturday 17 December 2022

Freeze your leftover cheese and wine at Christmas

Are you planning to freeze your leftover wine and cheese at Christmas?

That's just one of the ideas being floated by an English council aiming to avoid unnecessary food waste over the holiday period, the Eastern Daily Press reports.

Officials at Norfolk County Council are recommending that leftovers from bottles of wines are frozen into cubes, which can then be used in sauces and stews.

They also say that cheeses should be frozen and re-used when possible.

It is claimed that by following the advice people can also save money at a time when the cost-of-living crisis is hitting families.

Hard cheeses like parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella are great frozen, says the website

"We recommend you grate them first, pop them in a ziplock or freezer bag and then use them straight from frozen in your cooking," the website says.

"We do not recommend freezing fresh cheeses like ricotta or soft cheeses like brie or blue cheese. Freezing will affect their structure and overall quality. However, if these cheeses are being used in dishes like lasagne or quiches and then the dish is frozen, this will be perfectly fine."

Martina Glason, waste reduction officer at Norfolk County Council, said: "The key to saving at Christmas is to have a plan."

Key tips include:

# Checking the allergies and dietary requirements of any visitors, to avoid wasting food and money by buying the wrong items.

# Plan carefully to avoid overbuying.

# Provide one major dessert, rather than a selection.

# Free up freezer space in the run-up to Christmas, by eating frozen meals in the days before, so there is plenty of room to freeze leftovers.

More tips on cutting food waste, recipes for leftovers and other ways to have a thrifty Christmas are available at

Image: Carlos Predo de Carvalho Pinto, Scopio.

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