Grate Stuff

Whether grating by hand or by using the food processor, grating blocks of your favourite hard cheese, especially when it’s on offer, will save both money and time as grated frozen cheese is easy to cook with.  Grating veg for your own coleslaw can give new life to onions, carrots and cabbage that may be getting a bit tired.  Even grating citrus fruit zest onto a piece of cling film, wrapping it tightly and freezing it will make good...

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Freezer Blocks

If you are using tubs to freeze food, try to fill them fairly full to expel any air although leave a tiny bit of room for the frozen food to expand.  If you find that your tubs are not quite the right size, or you want to freeze items like soup in individual portions here’s a top tip:  Take a freezer tub – a take-away container is perfect.  Line it with a freezer bag and pour in what you want to freeze.  After it has frozen, you...

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Pressing Pause

Just under half of the avoidable food and drink wasted (worth around half a billion pounds) is binned because it’s ‘not used in time’: thrown away because it has either gone off or passed the date on the packaging[1].  Much of this food could have been frozen[2] and eaten later, or could have been stored better so that it lasted longer. Having a few simple kitchen items to help store or freeze food successfully can save a lot of...

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All Wrapped Up

Most foods will keep at their best if stored in their original packaging but once the packs are opened, everyday items can help us prevent food either drying out or going soggy.  Sadly when packaged food is binned, 80% is in packs that are more than a quarter full[1].  Although an increasing number of our favourite foods come in clever packaging with seals or zips, basic items such as clips, clothes pegs and ties can be used to help...

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Bute in Bloom
Aug07

Bute in Bloom

What a treat we had yesterday!  Chair person, Jessica Herriot, of Bute in Bloom gave us the opportunity to support them through judging day.  Bute in Bloom are a small band of dedicated volunteers who work collaboratively with a host of individuals and organisations.  Their aim is to ensure that the wonderful feast for our eyes presented through the gardens and other green spaces is maintained, improved and expanded. In one of our...

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Water water everywhere!
Jul28

Water water everywhere!

Well not quite.  Waking up this morning, late July in Scotland, to the pitter patter of rain.  It has been a common feature of the summer, this year.  Everywhere people greet each other good morning, inevitably followed by a rolling of the eyes towards grey skies and curtains of rain.  Yet, for this we should be thankful.  Each downpour tops up our reservoirs and provides fresh clean water.  We turn on the tap and out it pours, ready...

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