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Tired of turkey sandwiches? ‘Hacking your senses’ could drastically reduce food waste this Christmas

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Britons preparing to celebrate the upcoming festivities expect to throw away nearly 200,000 tonnes of food this festive season.

Research of 2,000 adults found they estimated they would spend £146 to stock their fridge and cupboards – but would cost over £79 in the process.

Survey respondents estimate that their home will throw away seven kilos of food over the next few days, which, based on the 24.8 million households in the UK, equates to 194,600 tonnes of waste.

Chunks of turkey, ham and leftover Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and blanket pigs add to the UK’s huge food mountains as families are guilty of buying in bulk and overestimating portion size.

But creative and futuristic neuroscientist Katherine Templar Lewis explains how spices could be the secret to stopping the rising tide of food waste clogging UK landfills.

In collaboration with Schwartz, Katherine said: ‘Making a turkey curry or using cinnamon to create a whole new dish is a super easy way to stir up excitement in the kitchen after 25th December while reducing Britain’s food mountains. .

“We must remember that Christmas is a multi-sensory experience, with sounds, smells and colors all contributing to our experience.

“And the right herbs and spices can work in our favour. The yellow in turmeric, for example, can boost our mood, while the smell of rosemary can help fight brain fog…something that’s especially common in the days following the Christmas holidays.

The OnePoll survey found that 18% of respondents cooked all the food they bought, but then threw it away when not eaten. To add to that, 63% said throwing away food made them feel bad, and another in seven plan to be more mindful of food waste.

Potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots are the most commonly thrown away festive foods and more than half of adults think more food is thrown away at Christmas than any other time of year (59%) .

More than a third (35%) have tried reorganizing leftovers using Christmas recipes, but many found the advice too complicated to follow. The key is simplicity.

Together, Schwartz and Katherine have put together a few sensory hacks that explain how, exactly, you can spruce up your leftovers, taking into account sight, hearing, smell, and taste.

Ana Sanchez, Vice President Consumer Division EMEA, continued: “Food waste is a growing problem, which intensifies during the Christmas period when fridges fill up but not everything is eaten.

“Loving your leftovers is something we are particularly passionate about at Schwartz. That’s why, this year, we’re encouraging the nation to turn to the herb and spice rack to stimulate the senses and invigorate mealtimes after December 25th.

“If we can all get a little creative in the kitchen during the holidays, the impact on food waste could be phenomenal.”

To find out how to sharpen your senses and amp up leftovers with simple herbs and spices, go to: www.schwartz.co.uk/christmas-leftovers

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