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Calverley Rhubarb and Vanilla Jam – A great way to cut waste!

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Like many people up and down the country, I have a rhubarb patch. Rhubarb is a most Victorian and even old fashioned type of plant. It is humble and understated and I think that is why I love it. Crumbles are the staple for rhubarb but I shared some of my crop with Adam, a mate from work. He has created one of the most delicious jams I have ever tasted and certainly not one that I will ever find in a supermarket. Adam described it as like eating rhubarb and custard and he is absolutely right. There is a wonderful rhubarb taste which is accompanied beautifully by the vanilla. It’s great on toast, in porridge or in yoghurt. Simple to make –  50/50 quantities of rhubarb and sugar with vanilla paste. Absolutely delicious! It means that you can pot up that earthy rhubarb flavour and take it with you happily into the autumn and winter – provided you’re not tempted to eat it before then of course!

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Mums Can’t Afford To Eat!

A survey of customers by a major UK supermarket chain has come up with some shocking results. It has found that some mums are going without food so that they can feed their children. Food poverty is becoming a real issue in the UK but yet each family on average is throwing away £50 of food per month. We really must start to take action, it’s crazy that one family may be throwing good food in the bin whilst another cannot afford to feed themselves. It’s time for communities to pull together to help those who are in need.

We say, Love Taste and Hate Waste and lets stand up for those Mums who can’t afford to eat!

The Scandal of Food Waste

Having been guilty of throwing lots of food away myself, one of the things that shocked me was the amount of food that we in the UK  throw away. Each year, on average, every family throws away one third of the food they buy and that equates to a staggering £12bn. It also means that we as a nation dump 9 million tons of food waste every year into landfill. So that’s £12bn of food that was at one point perfectly good to eat. £12bn straight into the bin! We then pay as a nation again, for the 9 million tons of food waste to be processed. The thing is we don’t need to throw things away; we can make soups and stocks from veg going a little limp, make bread crumbs from our bread and freeze them. My challenge to myself was to cut waste and change my families eating habits for good! Is there anyone else out there who feels the same?

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