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Love food? Hate waste? Like composting?

Lewisham Council is offering free workshops that you, your family or your friends may be interested in. One theme is home composting and the other is Love Food Hate Waste. Short workshop will give you lots of tips and information on saving money and using food wisely to ensure you waste as little as possible.  On top of this, you will learn how to compost properly so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste into compost that can be used on your garden. The dates and locations are as follows:

Learn to compost

Goldsmiths Community Centre,

Castillon Road, SE6 1QD

Love Food Hate Waste and Composting

Wed 25th July

Recycling stall – 10am to 1pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop 1.30 to 2.45pm

LFHW workshop – 3pm – 4.15pm

Wed 1st Aug

Recycling stall – 1pm to 2.50pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop 3pm to 4.15pm

LFHW workshop – 4.45pm to 6pm

Composting workshop – 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Love food? Hate waste?

Fri 3rd Aug

LFHW workshop – 9.45am to 11am

Composting workshop – 11.30am to 12.45 pm

LFHW workshop – 1.30 to 2.45 pm

Recycling stall – 3pm to 4.15pm (this is not a workshop)

Wed 8th Aug

Recycling stall – 1.30 – 4.20pm (this is not a workshop)

LFHW workshop – 4.30 to 5.45pm

Composting workshop – 6.15pm to 7.30pm

Fri 10th Aug

LFHW workshop – 10am to 11.15am

Recycling stall – 11.30 to 1.45pm (this is not a workshop)

Composting workshop – 2.15pm to 3.30pm

 

Learn to compost

Wed 15th Aug

Composting workshop – 11.30am to 12.45pm

Recycling/LFHW stall – 1.30 – 4pm (this is not a workshop)

 

But wait there’s more!!!

Saturday 1 September

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve – Composting workshops only

Forest Hill

SE23 3TQ (entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

9.30–10.45am or

11am–12.15pm

Monday 3 September

Dacres Wood – Composting workshops only

Dacres Rd,

Forest Hill

SE23 2NZ (entrance is adjacent to Homefield House)

11am–12.15pm

 

Downham Library – Composting workshops only

within the Downham Health & Leisure Centre,

7–9 Moorside Road,

BR1 5EP

Wednesday 5 September

5–6.15pm or 7–8.15pm

Thursday 6 September,

11am–12.15pm or 1–2.15pm

 


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Top 10 tips for cooking and storing food in the home

So how do you go about cutting down on food waste? Here are some top tips:

 

1. Make the most of foods approaching use by date: why not cook and freeze for later use? For example, cook those sausages, freeze them and then turn them into a sausage risotto on another day.

 2. Remember to check the fridge daily (not just to get the milk out!) and look at dates and what needs using up – use this information in your meal planning. For example, if the eggs are approaching their ‘best before’ date then it might be omelettes for tea instead!

 3. No need to throw carrots and cucumbers away if they’ve gone a bit soft. Just put them in a glass of water in the fridge – they’ll perk up in no time. You can then peel and chop carrots, onions etc, bag them and freeze. When needed, just take out as much as you need and reseal. No more soggy veg at the bottom of your veg box.

 4. A curry is a good solution for just about any unused or leftover food, even vegetables that are on the soft side will be fine in a curry or casserole.

 5. Always finding the half used jar of pesto at the back of the fridge? Why not freeze the leftovers for another day?

 6. Understand the best way to store foods to keep them fresher for longer. Keep your fridge at the correct temperature: below 5°C.

 7. Storing fruit in the fridge can extend its life for up to 2 weeks (this does not work not bananas and pineapple).

 8. You can keep food safely in the freezer for years, in theory, as long as it has stayed frozen the whole time. However, the taste and texture of food changes if it’s frozen for too long, so you might well find that it’s not very nice to eat.

 9. Plan around your schedule and choose a time to plan when you will not be interrupted (too much) – include meals from the freezer, leftover recipes (e.g. pasta for tea, leftovers for lunch), cooking double and freezing half. If possible, use the time to look through cook books and recipes.

 10. Get others involved in menu planning – this ensures there’s something for everyone.

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