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