Scary food waste facts
It’s spooky season and we are stocking up on pumpkins, apples, tasty treats and other hearty and seasonal foods. Unfortunately, 4.5 million tonnes of good food is wasted every year from UK households, that’s enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins!
Pumpkins are more than just a pretty jack-o-lantern, they are rich in vitamins and minerals and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. You can use all of your pumpkin and make the most of it. Find out how you can save your pumpkins from the bin.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
When you spot your perfect pumpkin, it’s worth grabbing a sweet potato, a pepper and a chilli too, because these go beautifully together in a soup. This spicy pumpkin soup has five ingredients and will make your kitchen smell lovely in the process.
Did you know you can freeze your pumpkin?
- Remove all the seeds and turn them into a smoky pumpkin seed snack in five simple steps.
- Roast or mash the flesh before freezing in an airtight container or bag. Don’t forget to label your leftovers with the contents and the date it needs to be used up to help you when you pop back to your freezer for meal inspiration.
- Defrost your pumpkin leftovers in the fridge or microwave before using as a tasty side or part of a new recipe. For inspiration, storage and freezing guidance for your pumpkins the A-Z of Food Storage Tool has you covered in the 'Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin)' section.
Bobbing for apples is a party favourite, but what about the leftovers that haven’t been bobbed? Every day, we throw away 800,000 whole apples! Apple trees take around 7-10 years to grow, using so much time, energy and resources, only to throw your apple away is rotten! Store your apples in the fridge, they will last much longer there than in a fruit bowl.
If you find yourself with an excess of apples:
- Cook them in boiling water for a couple of minutes
- Slice them
- Freeze them in a single layer on a tray
- Once frozen, pack into bags and add a label with what it is and the date - ready to use another day.
You can take apples straight from frozen and cook them into some recipes such as cupcakes, like these fruit bowl buns and a traditional apple crumble. Apples past their best are also great in pickles.
70% of food waste comes from in our homes, which would be the same as the average household throwing away six meals a week! Check out what we can do to make a difference.
40% of that food waste is made up of fruit and vegetables that could have been eaten. Instead, you can bake a dessert using your fruit and any other leftover sweets in a baked sponge pudding. It is a delicious way of using up your leftover sweet food.