FOOD NOTES

Scroll down for weekly info about foods that have been split to share – not everyone will receive the same food items so this information may not always apply.
ABOUT FOOD DATES (more info)

 

– Use by is about food safety – foods can be eaten until the use by date but not after and you must carefully follow storage instructions to ensure the use by date remains valid. Chilled food should be kept in a fridge between 2-5°C. Frozen at -18°C or below.
 Best Before is about food quality. The food will be safe to eat after this date, as long the packaging isn’t damaged and it is stored correctly. Taste and texture may not be as good.
WEEKLY UPDATES
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💚 24th September 2020 💚

Thank you everyone for sticking with us this week! We were a little later getting out of Preston than expected (no fault of our own), so we appreciate you waiting in the rain while we finished getting things together.

Quite a few food hygiene points (!) this week:

  • Sandwich fillers – 26th Sept 2020
  • Greek Yoghurt – 23rd Sept 2020
  • Coleslaw – 28th Sept 2020
  • Pork Pie – 28th Sept 2020
  • Chicken Korma – 26th Sept 2020
  • Chicken Pie – 28th Sept 2020
  • Paella – 24th Sept 2020
  • Chicken fillers – 30th Sept 2020
  • Chocolate Mousse – 30th Sept 2020
  • Vegetarian Meatballs – 26th Sept 2020
  • Hummus – 27th Sept 2020
  • Hot Pot – 24th Sept 2020
  • Shepherd’s Pie – 26th Sept 2020
  • Yoghurts – Oct 2020
  • Madras Concentrate sauce – 16th May 2020
  • Protein Bars – 25th Aug 2020
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💚 17th September 2020 💚

Hi all, thank you again for another successful food share! We have gone up to over 70 members, we are so excited that so many people want to join in and help tackle food waste. A few food hygiene points for this share, as usual just use your own judgement on items closer to their use by date. And, as always, thank you to our amazing volunteers the process is getting smoother each week. 😊

 

  • Paneer – Use by 23rd Sept
  • Tomatoes –BBE was 9th Sept
  • Chocolate Rolls – BBE is Sept 2020,
  • Clippers Decaf Tea – BBE is Sept 2020
  • Alpen Cereal Bars – BBE is 24th Sept 2020
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💚 3rd September 2020 💚

Another successful week, thank you all to adapting so well to the change of days! I know a change of days will work for some and not others, however we have found that we had a better selection of food this week after going to Preston to collect. As a result, we will be working on a Thursday from here on out. For those of you unable to collect during the day, we are asking volunteers if they would be happy to carry out an evening shift from 6.30-7pm.

A few food hygiene points this week:

  • The PG Tips tea has a best before date of March 2020. This, as are the others, a best before date and not a use by date so they should be fine. Like the others, it is a matter of personal judgement, you just might have to use two bags instead of one if the flavour has faded!
  • The Clif Peanut Bars are best before 17th July 2020. I have already had a couple and have been fine but please be aware and don’t eat if you think it tastes off.
  • The Shore Seaweed Puffs best before dates are 3rd September, however these should be fine for a while. Again, don’t eat if they taste off.
  • All the fruit and veg is use by 3rd September or in the next few days. Please keep an eye on them as with any fresh produce. Vegetables can always be made into a bolognese or curry and frozen to use up the vegetables for another day!
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💚 25th August 2020 💚

Thank you once again to all the volunteers who helped make this week so successful on this sunny Monday! As we move into our second month, we are constantly trying to improve our collection technique and are grateful for you all sticking by us as we change! 😊
A few food hygiene points this week:

  • Tesco Carrots – these do not have a best before date on the packaging. They look and smell fresh but please look out for mould or bad smells before cooking.
  • Chestnut Mushrooms – best before date is 29th August, so coming up in a few days.
  • Baby Spinach – Best before date is 24th August, so use within the next few days before it wilts.
  • White Bread Rolls – Best before date is 28th August, so either use up in the next few days or put it in the freezer as soon as possible and it should keep for 3 to 6 months.
  • Pasta Renne – please be aware that these bags have been splitting open very easily, so be careful when putting away!

Thank you to everyone sharing food pics from last weeks bag, keep them coming! This week’s cooking suggestions include:

  • Spinach and ricotta pancakes, cheesy sauce
  • Spinach and ricotta and feta lasagna
  • Spinach smoothie – 2 handfuls of fresh spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1 fresh or frozen mango, 1 banana and 500ml milk, mix all together in a blender and enjoy!
  • spinach and nutmeg soup – melt 25g of butter in a saucepan, add 1 large chopped onion, then cover and cook gently for 10 minutes without browning. Stir in 25g plain flour, then cook gently for 2 minutes. Gradually add 900 ml stock, juice of half a lemon, 700g fresh spinach, and some nutmeg. Cover, bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, until the spinach has wilted. Blend until smooth, then stir in 150 ml milk and 50 ml single cream. Season to taste and reheat before eating. 
  • carrot soup
  • carrot salad
  • carrot cake
  • mushroom soup
  • mushroom risotto
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💚 3rd August 2020 💚

 

Thank you to everyone who helped out this week, we’re slowly but surely becoming a well oiled machine! A couple food hygiene points on the foods distributed this week.
  • English Mustard – be aware Best Before for the mustard was May 2020. Ours is absolutely fine, but just be aware and don’t consume if it seems off.
  • Pitta Bread – the pitta bread can be frozen if you’re not going to use them before they go stale, make sure you freeze them as soon as possible. Also a good tip for any bread product that’s frozen is defrost it in the oven – you’ll get better texture and fresh bread smell, so win win!

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💚 28th July 2020 💚

 

What a veritable feast for our inaugural Food Club distribution! Hopefully you’ve already started digging in, but if you need inspiration look no further – and if you have any recipes to share send them in!
  • Beetroot – for a super simple side dish, slice up your beetroot and layer it with halloumi slices. Sprinkle with cheese on top and oil and pop in the oven for half an hour.
  • Curly kale – kale is good for padding out any stews and soups – just chuck it in – but if you’re craving a treat, go for kale crisps. Toss them in oil and some salt and pepper (or any spices really, I’d happily add chili powder to everything!), spread them out on a baking tray and pop them into the oven for about 25 mins at 100°C, gently tossing after 15 mins.

 

Beetroot and halloumi