Save food waste this burns night

Fried fish cakes on a plate

Dinnae waste a morsel this Burns Night

Zero Waste Scotland is encouraging Scots to make the most of the food they buy and avoid wasting their Burns Night fare.

With simple planning, you can avoid wasting food (Easy one but make a list I always forget what’s in the cupboard!) and money this Burns night.  If you find yourself with leftover haggis, there are some suggestions at the bottom of this post on what you can do with it.


Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste Campaign Manager, Ylva Haglund , said: “Burns Night is a celebration that so many of us love to enjoy and share with family and friends, and it’s such a shame to see fantastic Scottish food go to waste. Many people are surprised to hear that once the traditional supper is done there are lots of really easy, tasty dishes you can create from leftover haggis – and save money by making full use of the food you’ve bought and avoiding another shop.”

James Macsween, Managing Director of award-winning Scottish haggis producers Macsween, said: “If your Chieftain haggis has proven to be too big a portion this year, Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste has some great recipes to ensure that nothing goes to waste. And from haggis nachos to lasagne, there’s plenty of inspiration to help you enjoy Scotland’s national dish all year round.”

For inspiration on making the most of your Burns Night feast, follow our top tips below:

Freezing and storing

• When you buy your haggis look for the number of people it serves on the packet, or ask your butcher what size you’ll need.

• You can freeze just about anything – including haggis! If you’ve bought more than you need or you’re not cooking it immediately, stick it in the freezer and defrost it when you need it. Once it’s defrosted keep refrigerated and use it within two weeks.

• If you’re shopping in advance, wash, chop, bag and freeze neeps and tatties to keep them fresh and save you time on January 25. They will retain the same nutritional value as if you prepared them on the day.

• Leftover mash can be frozen as is and defrosted later as a side dish for another meal.

Fried fish cakes on a plate


If you’ve overbought, keep leftovers aside and get creative with quick and easy recipes, such as:

Veggie haggis patties

Haggis pakora with lime mayo

Bubble cakes, for leftover mash

Remember to check your cupboards first before you go shopping, as you may already have a lot of the ingredients you need.
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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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