Tasty ideas for leftovers

We’re working with the council and Sainsbury’s to  ‘Save Food Save Money’. Find out more here.

Olivia, one of our volunteers, has put together these tips:

What are the most commonly thrown out foods?
  1. Potatoes
  2. Bread
  3. Milk
  4. Bananas
What can I do to save these ingredients from the bin?

Uncooked Potato

  • If your uncooked potatoes are bruised or sprouting in some parts, simply cut the spoiled section off and your potato is good to use!
  • If you have too many in your cupboard and know you won’t use them, boil and mash them as mash freezes better than whole potatoes.
  • Roastie fan? Par-boil your potatoes and freeze them so they’re ready to roast on a rainy day.

Leftover Roasties:

  • Cut your roasties into small cubes and fry in some olive oil and crushed garlic, serve with some cracked salt and pepper and a sprinkling of parsley.
  • Make your own Spanish-style omelette by cutting your roasties into small cubes and combining them with some fried onions and a few beaten eggs. Fry the mixture in a small fry pan. Whilst frying, top with halved cherry tomatoes and pop the pan under the grill cook the top for a few minutes, et voila!
  • Microwave your roasties and top them with your favourite chilli recipe – we love vegetarian lentil and bean chilli!
  • Combine your roasties with some mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard and fresh dill for a delicious fresh take on cold potato salad.
  • Toss your roasties and some boiled cauliflower florets in olive oil and your favourite spices for a warm potato salad.

Leftover Mash:

  • Combine your leftover mash with some cooked salmon and sautéed leeks. Mix in some chopped parsley, salt and pepper and shape your mixture into burger like patties. You can freeze these fishcakes, bake them in the oven, or pan fry until golden brown.
  • Combine your leftover mash with a generous amount of grated parmesan, cooked leeks and chopped fresh chives. Shape your mixture into cylindrical croquettes and roll in some bread crumbs. You can freeze these croquettes, bake them in the oven, or pan fry until golden brown.


  • Freeze your sliced loaves of bread. Pop them in your toaster for your morning breakfasts. Very simple.
  • Blitz the remainder of your loaf in a food processor to make breadcrumbs. You can use these to crumb chicken breasts or potato and leek croquettes. Mix a pinch of salt and pepper into your breadcrumbs to season. Not to worry if you cannot use your breadcrumbs straight away. Pour them into a plastic zip lock bag and pop them in your freezer for another day.
  • Chop up the remainder of your bread into cubes and dry in a tablespoon of olive oil to make croutons. These are a lovely addition to your fresh salad.
  • Beat an egg and pour onto a plate. Soak a slice of bread in the egg mixture and turn over to coat both sides. Fry your eggy bread in an oiled fry pan. For a savoury treat serve with fried bacon, for our sweet –toothed friends out there, serve with berries or chopped bananas.


  • Use brown bananas in banana bread, banana cake and banana muffins. Add some delicious toffee pieces, or dark or milk chocolate chunks to boost the flavour of your muffins.
  • Freeze your bananas! You can use frozen bananas to make homemade banana ice-cream, milkshakes and smoothies (add some honey and cinnamon for a gorgeous taste)


  • Freeze your milk cartons or pour into an ice cube tray to freeze. They make the perfect dose for your cup of tea!
  • Make your milk last longer – take them out of the fridge door (the warmest part of your fridge) and store them lying down on a fridge shelf.


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