Thursday, 2 April 2015

Have a Waste Free Easter

Source: Susanne Nilsson

This bank holiday the UK will waste over 46 thousand tonnes of food, the equivalent weight of over 115 million Easter eggs*.  

According to Love Food Hate Waste the main reasons food ends up in the bin is because we buy too much, cook too much or don’t store food correctly.  Why not get off to a good start this Friday and instead of filling your fridge – join us at The Real Junk Food Project Brighton for a tasty waste food lunch?  We’ll be at One Church, Gloucester Place from 1-3pm!

For the rest of the bank holiday, do check out Love Food Hate Waste’s website. They have a tonne of great ideas to help reduce the amount of food headed to landfill. Top tips for Easer include:
  • If you need to freeze leftover lamb or other meat, let it cool before you freeze it, cut it up into smaller pieces so they’ll defrost quickly, and seal well in a plastic freezer bag with the date written on – they will keep for up to a month and will taste great in a stir fry. Try our roast lamb salad on a potato cake for something different.
  • To freshen up a day old loaf, hold it very briefly under a running cold tap. Give it a good shake and pop in a hot oven for about 10 minutes; it will be as soft and crusty as freshly baked bread.
  • Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or just for two, check out the Love Food Hate Waste portion calculator. It will help you cook just what you need.
An Update on the Crowdfunder Campaign!  

Over the past week we have raised £850 towards our Crowdfunder campaign! Thank you for all your support so far. We are still a long way from our target of £15,000 so please keep spreading the word! With a permanent space The Real Junk Food Project Brighton will be able to run a thriving 7-day-café and prevent even more food from going to landfill!

We have some exciting guest posts coming up over the next week – so watch this space!

Until then, have a wonderful waste free Easter


*Calculated as follows (using WRAP data for 2012): 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food waste from UK households per year, equals 11.5 thousand tonnes a day, multiplied by 4 days across the bank holiday weekend equals 46.0 thousand tonnes. Taking the average weight of Easter egg as 400g, this equals 115,068,493 Easter eggs.

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