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'Love Food Hate Waste' at York Food & Drink festival


12:01am 23rd September 2011

The Love Food Hate Waste campaign is teaming up with York Food and Drink Festival to provide a delicious day dedicated to eating and living sustainably on Friday 23rd September 2011.

The day will feature inspirational cookery demonstrations from talented local chefs, hands-on workshops where visitors can try their hand at a variety of activities and a range of information stands.

Taking place in St Sampson's Square from 10.30am, activities include making chutney and preserves from fallen fruit or learning how to make the most of your cupboard essentials.

York Edible schools' project (YES) will also be on hand, with students from local schools, who have been growing their own produce all year, turning it in to fabulous dishes throughout the day.

A Sustainable Street Party will be held in the Fountain Cafe in Parliament Street from 5.30pm. The street party is open to everybody and is a free event.  

It'll demonstrate the staggering amount of food an average family throws away every six months, clogging up landfill and contributing to climate change.  

Stalls and information will be available for guests to browse, to find out more about the exciting projects happening in York and how they can get involved in making York a more sustainable city to live in. Entertainment will be provided to ensure the party goes off with a bang.

Director of the food festival, Michael Hjort said:

"Sustainability is a key aspect of York Food Festival, promoting Yorkshire produce (therby cutting down food miles and helping the environment).This day, in particular, sees Love Food Hate Waste deliver the educational aspect of 'how to cut down your food bills by making use of left overs."

For updates about the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and to find out what is happening in your area to reduce food waste follow us on twitter @ZeroWasteYork or visit www.zerowasteyork.wordpress.com

Savvy students save cash!  

Research shows that nearly half of all students miss out on lunch at least once a week.

But with top tips on how to save money simply by making the most of the food you buy, Love Food Hate Waste can help everyone feel confident and super savvy in the kitchen.

It can also help you to make sure there's always something tasty in the fridge, without having to spend more.

The York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership in association with www.lovefoodhatewaste.com  has loads of simple and easy ideas including ways to shop smarter, cook better, keep food fresher for longer and cook just the right amount.

Food waste is a huge problem in the UK. In general, an average family will throw away £50 worth of food each month.

A large slice of this food waste comes from leftovers - the pasta left in the pan or the couscous that wasn't eaten.   

Perfect portions

The quickest way to reduce the amount of food we waste, and cut our food bills into the bargain, is by making sure we have the proper measure of our food.

The online portion planner takes away the guesswork by suggesting how much food to prepare based on the number of people you're cooking for, whether it's for one person or 50. It's simple and takes away the guesswork.  

Choose the food you're using - fruit, veg, meat, fish, cereals, pasta, beans - and the portion planner does the rest!

Every kitchen needs a few basic gadgets to hand to maximise efficiency and keep cooking fun. Putting the lid on your food waste once and for all takes just four pieces of key kitchen kit:

  • A mug - an average size mug is great for measuring uncooked rice. One adult portion is about 1/4 mug.
  • The humble tablespoon - good for measuring portions of beans, lentils, sugar and dried fruit.
  • A spaghetti measurer - will make life infinitely easier if you're unsure how much to cook. Not got one to hand? Try our simple DIY version in LFHW's online kitchen survival kit.
  • Weighing scales - avoid cooking too much by getting in the habit of using the kitchen scales - they are great for measuring everyday portions

Food packaging often has a guideline amount to cook per portion. Some even have handy portioning lines on the side to help you measure the right amount without having to break out the scales.

And don't panic if you cook too much, there are lots of ways you can store food and use it again. Here are some of our favourites…

  • Cheap and easy ideas for using leftovers as a tasty midday meal are invaluable. To freeze cooked pasta you haven't eaten simply rinse it in a colander, divide into meal-sized portions and store them in the freezer.
  • For a quick lunchtime feast, put the frozen pasta into boiling water or the microwave and cook for a few minutes. Add salad, leftover cooked vegetables, ham or cheese to make a tasty lunch which you can even eat on the go.
  • Leftover cooked rice should be cooled as quickly as possible. Do this by draining the rice in a colander, rinsing with cold water and tipping it into a large, shallow container. Once it's cold, cover and keep refrigerated for no longer than 24 hours.
  • You can freeze leftover potatoes and defrost them in the fridge when you're in a rush. Use them to make mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, potato wedges, chips, Dauphinoise or gratin.
  • Freeze your potatoes on a baking tray (so they're not touching each other) when they're solid pop them in a plastic bag. This stops them sticking together so you don't have to defrost them all at once.

For more recipes and great ideas to save money and reduce food waste, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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