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The terrifying truth about Halloween food waste

Friday, October 13, 2017

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We at Kafoodle love a celebration but we also think it’s important to be mindful of the impact that they can have on our planet. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are the biggest commercial celebrations in the UK producing a massive amount of food waste every year.

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all pumpkins grown for Halloween end up as food waste at the landfill? - a shocking 18,000 tonnes of food! Furthermore, despite 8/10 of us wanting to reduce the amount of food that we waste, nearly half of consumers admit that they don’t consider the bountiful Halloween pumpkin as a viable food source. Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO of Hubbub said “As Halloween continues to grow in popularity in the UK, it’s really important that this doesn’t create an ever larger mountain of food waste. We must recognise that pumpkins are a valuable source of food and not just for decoration...Halloween is a great opportunity to help our children understand where food comes from and involve them in cooking a simple meal with their pumpkin carvings.”

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So what delicious dishes can you make with your pumpkins this year? Here are our top 3 recipes to utilise your pumpkin carvings, seeds and all:

  1. Halloween Pumpkin Cake - BBC Good FoodThis deliciously simple recipe uses ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard and puts a seasonal spin on traditional carrot cake. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4777/halloween-pumpkin-cake
  2. Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Curry - Delicious MagazineThis rich and creamy pumpkin curry is the perfect winter warmer and can be spiced up to suit your taste buds. http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/pumpkin-and-peanut-curry/
  3. Pumpkin Seed Brittle - Martha StewartDon't forget those beautiful pumpkin seeds! They can be easily turned into a delicious sweet treat like this crunchy brittle. https://www.marthastewart.com/340197/pumpkin-seed-brittle

For more ghoulish food-waste facts check out our food-waste poster below.

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