East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Waste not, want not…

Did you see the recent television programme ‘Great British Waste Menu’, in which four top chefs cooked a banquet for sixty people using food that would normally have been thrown away? If you did, then you will know that around a fifth of all food bought in the UK is thown away  because we buy more than we need, or it isn’t stored properly, or it looks as if it has ‘gone off’ when it is still safe to eat, or because we don’t understand the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘use by’.

Speckled but still fine to eat...

A vast amount of food is also binned by supermarkets because it has passed its ‘sell-by’ date, or by food producers because it doesn’t meet the specifications of supermarkets or consumers ‘don’t like the way it looks’ – such as some perfectly edible parts of fish.

A survey by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in 2008 found that 1.3 million unopened pots of yoghurt and around 5,500 whole chickens were thrown away each day, along with 440, 000 ‘mixed foods’ like ready meals, the latter making up 21% of the total cost of food waste. In all, we throw away about 8.3 million tonnes of food a year, most of which could actually be eaten.

So if you’d like to do your bit to reduce this waste and its environmental effects, and save yourself some money in the process, why not check out the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ website at http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/. This has lots of recipes for using leftovers as well as advice on storing food (keeping bananas with other fruits, for example, can make them ripen more quickly) and those confusing ‘sell by’, ’use by’ and ‘best before’ labels. You can also see what particular initiatives may have been introduced in your local area.

Finally, here are a few ideas about what to do with those speckled bananas:

Fruit bowl buns

Banana ice ceam

Banana and peanut milkshake

Mushy banana sourcream pancakes

Banana & walnut bread

Find these and recipes for other ‘rescue’ dishes at http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/list?food=10-banana.

 
 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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