Posts Tagged ‘Sammie Strawberry’

Love Food Hate Waste: Know your dates

8 November 2010

Sammie Strawberry Loves Food, Hates Waste (large version)As well as keeping up with all the social dates in your diary, don’t forget to keep an eye on the dates in your fridge too.

Use up foods with the shortest dates first, and when shopping check to see if fresh foods can be frozen in case you don’t get round to eating them in time.

Best before dates are for quality, so you can eat these foods after this date, they just may no longer be at their best – eggs are the exception. Use by dates are for safety, you can eat or freeze foods right up to the end of the use by date.

Put a freeze on food waste

7 October 2010

Sammie Strawberry at 'It's a breeze to freeze' roadshow (large version)Start saving money and help put a stop to wasting food by making friends with your freezer!

According to research (opens in new window), we throw food out for two main reasons:
1) we let food go off, either completely untouched, or opened/started but not finished, costing £6.7 billion per year.;
2) we cook or prepare too much, costing us £4.8 billion per year

Food waste is damaging to the environment because producing, storing and getting the food to our homes uses a lot of energy and resources – all of which are wasted when food gets binned. And most of this food reaches landfill sites where it emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

So when you get home after shopping, why not put as many items as you can straight into the freezer. If you have large bags of meat or fish, then divide them into smaller portions before freezing.

Also check use-by dates of perishable foods in your fridge regularly. You can move them into the freezer if you don’t get a chance to eat them before they reach their use-by dates.

We’ve also got some tasty freezer recipes, so why not try one of these to get you started. Choose from:

  • Barbecue pork with plums and orange
  • Turkey and sweetcorn burgers
  • Beef, Guinness and mushroom stew with dumplings
  • Lentil, aubergine and tomato moussaka
  • Pork meatballs with spicy tomato sauce

If you’re in the area come visit our Love Food Hate Waste freezer roadshow in Swanage today.

It’s a breeze to freeze

23 September 2010

Matt Boulter, Sammie Strawberry and Gemma Coles offer roadshow visitors freezer tips (large version)Shoppers in Ferndown and Christchurch recently discovered how to become freezer experts at our new ‘it’s a breeze to freeze’ Love Food, Hate Waste roadshows. They picked up some top tips about how to reduce food waste by making the most of their freezers.

Sammie Strawberry was also on hand to chat to roadshow visitors about the variety of foods that can be frozen as well as giving them free freezer recipe cards.

Freezers can be used to store tasty home cooked meals, leftovers and preserve food that’s reaching its use-by date. So why not try some of our frosty freezer tips:

  • You can freeze foods right up to the end of the use-by date
  • Cook once, eat twice – make double portions of things like lasagne and bolognaise sauce so that you can eat one and freeze one for another meal
  • Save space in your freezer by using small containers and freezing liquids in bags (freeze them flat first). Remove unnecessary packaging but remember to cut out the instructions first
  • Buy large bags of meat and fish, which can often work out more economical, then divide them into smaller portions
  • Visit your freezer often and keep tabs on what’s inside

Come along to our roadshow and take our freezer quiz.

It’s County Show time

1 September 2010

Sammie Strawberry and the recycling team are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend for all the family at this year’s Dorset County Show, which is taking place at the Dorchester Showground on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September.

We’ve got some great recycling activities lined up for children including badge making, grass heads and the wheelie bin game. Plus the stand will be packed with information about reducing, reusing and recycling your waste – you can even pick up our new Food and Garden Waste Solutions leaflet. If you have any questions about recycling or your kerbside collection service come along and speak to us.

Dorset Reclaim (opens in new window), a not-for-profit furniture reuse organisation, will also have a display at the show. They will be on hand to chat to you about donating any of your unwanted good quality furniture and larger electrical items. They collect these goods from your home, repair or refurbish them and then supply them at a minimum cost to individuals and families that are in receipt of benefits or on low incomes.

You can see Sammie Strawberry having fun at last year’s show here (opens in new window).

See you there!

Join in – give composting a go!

7 May 2010

Sammie Strawberry gives composting a go (large version)It may be nearing the end of Compost Awareness Week (2 – 8 May 2010), but it’s never too late to start composting or trying new activities.

More than half of Dorset households with gardens are already home composting but there are lots more things we can all try like composting general household waste such as scrunched up paper or the contents from your vacuum cleaner.

Why not try composting your egg shells? We eat around 29 million eggs each day in the UK, which could go into the compost bin.

If you’re out and about in the Ferndown area today, why not pop along to Penny’s Walk between 10am – 2pm and find out more at our composting clinic. We’ll also be at Christchurch Market on 24 May between 8:30am and 2pm.

Sammie Strawberry hits the road

3 March 2010

Sammie quizzes shopper on packaging (large version)

Packaging is a hot topic. So, Sammie Strawberry has been out and about at shopping areas in Ferndown, Christchurch, Wareham, and Blandford quizzing local people about the myths of packaging, to help dispel the perception that it’s all bad.

It’s true excess or unnecessary packaging is damaging for the environment. But without it no drinks, liquids, gels or powders would be sold, you couldn’t buy fruit and veg out of season and the amount of broken goods and spoiled food wasted would be huge.

Shoppers flocked to the stand to us chat about what’s being done to reduce the packaging of many well known products and brands. Plus, they also picked up a free pen and shopping list pad, so they save money and help the environment by only buying what they need.

Take our simple test:

1. How much longer can a cucumber last in 1.5 grams of plastic film wrapping?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 11 days

2.  How much packaging is recycled in the UK?

  • 20%
  • 40%
  • 60%

3. On average, how much lighter are glass containers now than they were in 1980?

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 30%

Are you right? Check out our leaflet for answers.

Pledge winner!

15 December 2009

Sammie Strawberry and Gemma Coles, East Dorset District Council waste reduction manager congratulate Catryn Holton (centre) (large version)Great news, Catryn Holton from Wimborne is one of three Love Food Hate Waste (opens in new window) pledge competition winners across the South West.

Catryn won a gourmet meal for two at the award winning Summer Lodge Hotel in Evershot, Dorset after pledging to reduce the amount of food she throws away at home. She said: “I feel very lucky to have won! I’m a double winner, not only have I won a prize but I’m also saving the environment and saving money.”

Wareham hits top spot for pledges

22 October 2009

Wareham Love Food Hate Waste roadshow a big hit with shoppers (large version)Great news, 400 plus shoppers visited our recent Love Food Hate Waste
roadshow in Wareham, picking up some top money saving tips to cut down their food waste and shopping bills.

Sammie Strawberry was also on hand, chatting to and encouraging people to enter our make a pledge competition. In fact, thanks to the keen Wareham shoppers, we received our highest number of pledges at a roadshow so far!

Don’t miss out, place your pledge (opens in a new window) today

Challenge: make your food pledge today

9 October 2009

Sammie says apples last 14 days longer in the fridge! (large version)A series of Love Food Hate Waste roadshows are coming to a shopping area near you. Kicking off on Monday 12 October 2009 at Christchurch market from 10am to 2pm, the events will be introducing a new pledge competition aimed at reducing your food waste and saving you money.

By making a simple pledge (opens in a new window), you will be in with a chance of winning one of three great prizes including a gourmet weekend for four.

Look out for Sammie Strawberry, he will also be making an appearance at selected shows.

Make a difference, place your pledge (opens in a new window).

Sammie Strawberry on tour!

9 October 2009

Sammie and the Love Food Hate Waste team (large version)Did you know the average family in the UK throws out up to £50 of food each month?

Sammie Strawberry has been out and about at shopping areas in Bournemouth, Ferndown and Weymouth as part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign to highlight the massive amounts of food we throw away.

Hundreds of shoppers have flocked to our Love Food Hate Waste stand, picking up great tips on how to reduce their food waste, food storage and measuring correct portions. Plus, delicious recipe ideas for making the most of your leftovers.

Sammie has also raised a few smiles among shoppers as he has been spotted venturing up supermarket fruit and veg aisles, posing for photos along the way.

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