It might seem a bit early to be planning for new year resolutions, but the Love Food Hate Waste team are hoping they can persuade some of us to join them on a journey to cut down on waste during 2024.
The 2024 food waste calendar is now available - with recipes for each month helping us to use our leftovers in tasty meals.
Guernsey Waste has been producing its free Love Food Hate Waste recipe calendar since 2016 and next year's includes 12 of the all-time favourites featured so far, including some money and food saving tips.
Waste Minimisation and Sustainability Manager, Tina Norman-Ross said cutting down on food and monetary waste are their two key aims.
“The average Guernsey family spends as much as £700 a month on food and drink shopping, and too much of that food ends up being thrown away. By cutting down on your food waste, you could save around £900 next year. All it takes is just a few small changes, then you can think about what to do with the extra money you save.”
In encouraging people to think a little more about how to reduce the amount of food that ends up being thrown away, the calendar has some tips for how to use ingredients which are kept in the most store cupboards.
Janis Lucans, Operations Manager for Channel Islands Co-op said he was very excited to receive his copies of the calendar.
“It’s always very popular and disappears off the shelves extremely quickly. It is also full of really helpful food waste prevention tips.
“As a responsible retailer we are always looking at ways we can reduce the amount of food waste our stores generate. It takes months, sometimes years, to plant, grow and produce some of the food we eat – so it’s more important than ever that we try and stop as much as possible ending up in the bin.”
This year’s calendar includes some of the recipes which local chefs have created out of leftovers in previous years.
“This year we thought it was time to give our chefs a break and instead reuse some of their favourite recipes,” said Mrs Norman-Ross.
“As you can imagine we were spoilt for choice! The main focus for our chefs was to ask them to come up with seasonal dishes that incorporated general store cupboard ingredients using fresh local produce wherever possible.
“We hope islanders agree we have chosen a great mix of family favourites from a warming winter soup, some tasty meat and vegetarian dishes, puddings with a local twist, fish and pasta dishes and recipes with a little bit of spice. Hopefully we’ve chosen something for everyone’s tastes.”
Mrs Norman-Ross said the run up to Christmas is an important time to get the message across, given the emphasis on food and drink over the festive season.
Guernsey Waste also said it was grateful for the support it receives from supermarkets which stock the calendar for free.
“We are in a really fortunate position of being able to look forward to the festive season as we would any other. As we get ready for Christmas, we are encouraging islanders to reduce their waste in general over the next few weeks in the lead up to the New Year,” she said.
“The Love Food Hate Waste calendar will then hopefully be a reminder throughout next year to keep thinking about what ends up in the bin. It is a great way to get the Love Food Hate Waste message directly into island homes for a whole 12 months and highlight how a few small changes can save a lot of money.”
The calendar is available from different shops including: Aladdin’s Cave, Alliance, Checkers Xpress at Capelles, Co-op stores, Forest Stores, Iceland stores, M&S Food Halls, Morrisons and Waitrose.
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