Waste less this pancake day

Pancakes are traditionally made on Shrove Tuesday to help use up butter, milk and eggs before Lent.

But Pancake Day is also a great chance to make the most of that leftover food we all have lurking in the back of the fridge which will save you money and help the environment.

Around 2,000 pints of milk are wasted every single day in Shrewsbury alone - a case of almost literally pouring money down the drain.  We also bin 400,000 whole eggs every year just in Shrewsbury! 

So rummage in your cupboards and see what unusual things you can find which might go well on a pancake.   It might be a blackened banana which will mash up nicely if you have a sweet tooth or a jar of open pesto for something more savoury.  My personal favourite is leftover chilli con carne and grated cheese.  The possiblities are endless because pancakes are so versatile as long as you have the basic ingredients of milk, eggs and flour you can use anything you like as an accompaniment.

If you're stuck for inspiration visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for a selection of recipes, so instead of filling your bin you can fill your stomach! Its not just about saving the planet, you can also save yourself some money by wasting less food.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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