Who doesn’t love a large portion of their favourite takeaway dish? The better it tastes, the more we want, right?
Almost. Sometimes there’s no kidding our stomachs. When they say ‘stop’, our taste buds just have to give in and admit we’re done. Even when it means leaving our favourite meal unfinished.
So here’s our next question. Have you ever wondered ‘what do I do with my takeaway leftovers?’
As food fans, we don’t like to see the good stuff going to waste. (According to the waste and recycling advisory body WRAP, over 7 million tonnes ended up in UK bins in 2015.)
The great news is we can make a difference. Here are a few easy tips to start eating away at that mountain. To make your recycled recipe a success, check out the Food Standards Agency for all reheating times and temperatures, plus guidelines for freezing.
Loads of curry? Not to worry
Herby and spicy dishes taste even more delish the next day. The flavours have had a chance to go deeper, bigger and better. Just cover your curry in the fridge overnight, then reheat in the mic, the oven or in a pan on the hob.
Cold pizza, warm feelings
“Having it the next day and it’s just as nice❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”
A magical tale of Zoha’ Pizza from Danielle, Rochdale
We’re with you Danielle. We love cold pizza, all day long. But if you prefer yours hot, put a piece of baking paper on an oven tray, plonk your slices on top and reheat. For a little extra magic, sprinkle with more cheese and throw on some tomato too. Ooh, don’t forget the olives and chilli flakes. All you need is a few twists of a lengthy pepper grinder and you’ve arrived in pizza paradise.
Beaten by a burger
But, haste not waste not.
Get creative. Save the burger/kebab meat and fridge it overnight. The day after, heat it in a pan and put it in a fresh bun or sandwich. Add a sliced tomato, relish, gherkin, cheese. Grill to melt the cheese if using.
Or, whisk up a couple of eggs, add the chips if you saved them, the meat (sliced) , a splurge of ketchup or chilli sauce…some chopped onion if you fancy and fry in a pan….boom. A nom-nom-omelette.
Fish of the next day
If you’re defeated by your fish supper, you can still win the next day. Cover the leftovers and fridge them. Heat them through in a pan and turn them into a non-finger fish sandwich. Add sauce, lettuce and chips to make an even more brilliant butty. We’re hooked.
To really push the boat out, use the fish in your very own bubble-and-squeak-style fishcake. Just cook a potato or two, mash it up, add the fish and fry.
How do you make the most of your leftovers, any tasty tricks to share? Remember to give ours a whirl after your next order.