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Cash-savers grab ‘pizza’ the action at free workshop

Families in Kirkintilloch set about tackling food waste last week by cooking pizzas for a pound from household leftovers.

Cookery classes organised by Zero Waste Scotland’s local volunteer group, in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Council, showed families in the area how to make great meals from leftovers and food that is nearing its use-by date.

The classes were a hit with adults and youngsters alike, who were also shown how to turn over-ripe bananas into an amazing banana loaf.

The event was part of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which is successfully helping people to cut their food waste - and save up to £470 a year with just a few simple steps such as checking cupboards before a big shop, checking date labels to use food while its fresh, and freezing things for later.

Local mum June Wallace, who attended the workshop with her two daughters, said: “Me and the girls loved it.

“When they got home they wanted to do some more cooking, so we have already had a go at making some pitta bread pizzas at home.”

Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Food waste is a major issue and Scottish households throw away 566,000 tonnes of food waste every year, the majority of which could have been eaten.

“It costs households hundreds of pounds a year and is bad for the environment too.

“This initiative is a fun way of encouraging all households to look at different ways of reducing food waste and will help less of it head to landfill.”

For great recipes and tips for reducing food waste and meal planners, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

 

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