#MeatyIssues with Love Food Hate Waste

Did you know that £260 million worth of beef products are thrown away in the UK every year? That’s 300 million burgers worth of beef, according to Love Food Hate Waste, who are raising awareness about just how much food we waste in the UK with their new #MeatyIssues campaign.

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsAfter I attended their last event with GBBO winner Nancy Birtwhistle, it really made me think about just how much food I throw out. Although tedious and time-consuming, meal planning is so vital to eating healthier, saving money, and ultimately reducing food waste. Food waste is not only terrible in terms of how much money is wasted, but it’s also incredibly bad for the environment, too.

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsThe team behind Love Food Hate Waste invited me down for a meal and a butchery demonstration at Smith’s of Smithfield.

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsAdam Henson, presenter of BBC Countryfile and farmer is also involved in the campaign, working with the Love Food Hate Waste team to raise awareness of how much beef we waste in the UK, and the impact that it has on the environment.

As a nation, we’re not particularly good at using the whole of the animal – we tend to go for the pricier, popular cuts of meat, and a lot of the other cuts get wasted. The team at Smiths put together an incredible meal using some of the cheaper cuts, like oxtail, which, when cooked over a long period of time over a low heat are absolutely delicious.

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsUsing some of the less popular (and cheaper) cuts, we sampled ragu arancini balls stuffed with beef, as well as a Thai shredded beef salad which was really tasty.

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsFor our main, we had a beef shank that had been slowcooked for 24 hours, meaning that it was really tender, and almost fell apart when you cut it. These cuts are so perfect for the slowcooker, and can help you save money on the food shop, too!

Love Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of SmithfieldsLove Food Hate Waste #MeatyIssues: Smiths of Smithfields
What are some of your favourite tips to reduce food waste? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

I was invited to attend Love Food Hate Waste’s event, but all opinions are my own – it’s a fantastic cause!

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  • Mellissa Williams

    I use left overs in other meals, and freeze things like bread. Soft veg is great for making soup as well. Cheaper cuts of meat are great in a slow cooker.

    • Freezing bread is such a good idea, and I love having leftovers for lunch! I love my slowcooker – makes things so much easier! xxx

  • What a delicious way to learn about food waste!

  • We freeze as much as we can and we don’t buy a great deal, we know how much we eat a week and would rather buy not enough then too much and throw it away! You’ll never hear me say “just because it’s on offer” or “it’s cheap” about something at the supermarket! Only recently we’ve been forced to waste a lot of food because our fridge was freezing food which was a nightmare, cutting a frozen pepper is impossible! (It doable!) Haha! This was a really interesting post, thank you!

    • Thanks Georgia! That’s so good that you know how much you eat, and that you don’t throw it away – it’s something I have to get better at! xxx

  • Sounds like a great cause and super delicious food!