Enjoy a waste free Jubilee celebration
Walton-on-Thames residents will be busy in their kitchens this weekend preparing food for barbecues and parties to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Love Food Surrey's resident chef Carmela Tomkins has given her top 10 tips to make sure no food for the party goes to waste.
1. Nominate a coordinator
This is probably the most important tip as the coordinator can make sure there is not too much of the same food brought.
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Offer fruit and vegetables as well as pastry goodies. Shop for the seasonal and slightly different fruits like mangos, cherries and pineapple. This will encourage people to try them and if there are any leftovers you can take them home and make into smoothies or ice lollies.
Make sure you store food correctly so it doesn't go off quickly. If food is stored correctly and not used, it can also be taken home to reuse.
Resist all efforts to put all food out at once. It is better to replenish when needed as this will cut down on wastage and ensure that the food displayed is eaten first. Remember to cover food properly to discourage wasps and flies.
5. Think about quantities
We all don't want our guests to go hungry, so we have a tendency to over cater. So when buying the food, think about what can be kept for the following day if it's not used. Sandwiches are only good for the one day but chicken pieces can be used in wraps or pitta bread the next day.
6. Buy fresh
Believe it or not, fresh food often works out cheaper and can cut down on waste. For example, expensive packaged ham or salami will turn brown when it's exposed to sunlight, but a freshly cooked ham or chicken can be sliced for the event, kept in a cool box and used in other recipes the next day.
7. Look before you shop
Before dashing off to the supermarket, check your cupboard or fridge to see what you can use. Frittata is a very easy dish to make and will use up some leftovers in the fridge. Left whole, it's a great party centre piece of cut it into cubes and put them on cocktail sticks.
8. Check storage space
Check what you can store at home before buying the food you need. Food that's not correctly stored will go off very quickly so all those supermarket offers may not end up being good value after all.
9. Bake for the party
Use your recipe books, cake tins and fruit from the garden or fruit bowl to make wonderful apple or banana cake. This will taste much better than the shop bought ones.
10. Have a wonderful party
And remember, shop wisely and use leftovers.