Getting the most out of your food this Christmas

Save money, reduce waste and try new recipes

Christmas can be an expensive time of year and generates a lot of food waste as a result of overbuying.

It's easier than you think to find ways to save money and be sustainable when it comes to food.

Here are some tips to get you through the festive period:

  1. Shopping with a food app is brilliant as it can help you plan your shopping and avoid overbuying. In turn, you'll save money too. Visit the Surrey Environment Partnership food waste apps web page to find an app that's right for you.
  2. Freeze extra food or any that's nearing it's 'use by' date and save for after the festive period when it's still cold and dark and money is even tighter.
  3. Get more meals for your money. Turn your leftovers into delicious meals, there are lots of tasty recipes on the Surrey Environment Partnership recipes web page that will help you use up the most wasted foods such as bread, milk, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and even mince pies.
  4. Any food waste that can't be eaten, can be put in your food waste recycling caddy, so it can be turned into energy.

If you're struggling to put food on the table

Whilst Christmas can be a time of overspending and overconsumption, many people may be struggling this Christmas due to the current cost of living crisis.

Food banks and Community Fridges are there for people, not only at Christmas time, but all year round. If you are finding it difficult to put food on the table, visit the Surrey Information Point website for details on foodbanks and Community Fridges available in Surrey.

There are over 1,200 food bank centres across the UK who provide a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. Please visit the Trussell Trust get help page.

Chocolate, orange and mince pie brownies


Services 12 people

⦁ 70g milk chocolate, roughly chopped
⦁ 70g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
⦁ 120g unsalted butter
⦁ 100g plain flour
⦁ 5 eggs
⦁ ½ tsp vanilla essence
⦁ 255g soft brown sugar
⦁ 6 or so leftover mince pies
⦁ Zest and juice of ½ a clementine, satsuma or tangerine


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan. Melt half of the milk and dark chocolate together with the butter in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and vanilla, then add the sugar.
  3. Add the melted chocolate and butter to the egg mixture, then sift in the flour and fold gently until just combined.
  4. Roughly chop your mince pies, reserving a few pieces for decoration. Add the pieces to the brownie mix, along with the clementine zest and juice, and the rest of the chocolate.
  5. Pour the brownie mix into the baking tray and top with the remaining mince pie pieces. Bake for 25 minutes or until the centre is just set. Cool completely in the tray before turning out and slicing into squares.

Recipe by Love Food Hate Waste

Find out more on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.

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