As love-struck locals prepare to dazzle their dates with a special meal this Valentine’s Day, Orkney ZeroWaste is encouraging them to ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ as they reach for their aphrodisiac ingredients.
With steaks, seafood and sorbet traditionally served up to help Valentine’s Day sparkle, Zero Waste Scotland - the organisation behind the Love Food Hate Waste initiative – has released advice on making the most of your romantic mealtime whilst cutting back on the amount of food wasted.
And with the average household throwing away up to £35 a month in wasted food,by following some basic tips, the money you save could be used to treat your Valentine to something extra special.
Orkney ZeroWaste, Zero Waste Scotland’s Local Volunteer Coordinator, said:
“We are a nation of food lovers, and at this time of year, many Orcadians will be reaching for the recipe book in a bid to impress their loved ones.
“Planning ahead, reducing waste and saving money doesn’t mean cutting down on the indulgence and fun of Valentine’s Day and we’re appealing to people to take some small steps to ensure food doesn’t go to waste.
“Buying just what you need and cooking the right amounts are just some of the ways people can make a difference. Not only will this benefit your pocket, it will in turn help the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and landfill.”
Zero Waste Scotland’s tips for a Zero Waste Valentine’s Day include:
A night planned to perfection – Planning what you’re buying before you hit the shops will help you cut down on what’s wasted and make the most of your romantic mealtime. Write a list of ingredients you need to ensure you don’t overbuy.
Perfect portions for your perfect partner – from spaghetti to asparagus, weighing and measuring perfect portion sizes for two can dramatically reduce the amount of food wasted. One full mug of rice can feed four adults, so reach for the scales or dig out the measuring cup to ensure you don’t cook too much.
Loved up leftovers – make your special Valentine’s celebration last even longer by saving any leftover food to enjoy the next day. Using leftovers for lunch, making them into a soup or freezing them is a good way to get the most out of your menu.
More information on how to Love Food Hate Waste is available at http://www.wasteawarelovefood.org.uk/
Zero Waste Scotland is the organisation set up by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Zero Waste Plan.