Corry’s Butchers in Bramhall have teamed up with BBC Countryfile TV presenter Adam Henson to remind us to plan our meals and use leftovers as new figures show that the UK throws away equivalent of 300 million burgers every year
Love Food Hate Waste has joined forces with Corry’s Butchers, as the campaign reveals that every year people in the UK throw away 34,000 tonnes of beef – the equivalent to 300 million beef burgers.
Research carried out by Love Food Hate Waste shows much of the waste, worth £260 million annually*, could be avoided by taking simple steps, such as planning meals in advance, understanding date labels, storing food better, serving the right portions and cooking with leftovers.
Neil Corry of Corry’s, an award-winning butchers based in Bramhall, is backing the campaign.
He said: “Beef is a very versatile meat – there are lots of different cuts and joints to choose from, which is why it remains very popular.
“There are also lots of ways to make it go further – using up leftovers, utilising unused portions in a wide range of recipes or freezing it for future use, so there’s no real excuse for wasting it if you have some that hasn’t been used up.
“By speaking to your local butcher you can make sure you buy the best type and quantity of beef to suit your needs, get advice about preparation and storage, and ensure you get the best value for money. I think Love Food Hate Waste’s Meaty Issues campaign is a great idea and I’m right behind it.”
Farmer and television presenter Adam Henson has also backed the campaign. Adam said: “As a farmer by trade, I’m passionate about the issue of wasted meat and how to minimise it – I’m fully behind Love Food Hate Waste’s campaign to highlight the issue.
“Beef is one of our favourite meats in the UK, and we really should be doing everything we can make the most of it once we’ve put it in our shopping trolleys.”
According to its new poll, just three out of ten people who buy beef in Manchester (29%) plan their meals in advance and purchase only the amount they need.
But beef is popular in Manchester kitchens – a traditional roast beef dinner was named the city’s favourite beef dish and one in five (22%) picked it as their most frequent beef dish to eat at home. This was followed by spaghetti Bolognese (17%) and beef stew (11%).
Richard Swannell from Love Food Hate Waste said: “Our research has shown that despite our love of beef, we still throw away hundreds of millions of pounds worth every year in the UK, with a weight equivalent to 300 million burgers (alternatively this is the weight of 150 million steaks†).
“That’s why we’ve launched our Meaty Issues campaign, to encourage people in Manchester to get the best out of their beef and other meats, saving them money and helping the environment.”
Richard added: “If you’re like the 73% of people in Manchester who have leftovers after their Sunday roast, the Love Food Hate Waste website has lots of handy hints and top tips about how to make the best of your beef and other meats. We’d encourage everyone to save money and reduce waste by giving some of them a try.”
Love Food Hate Waste is also on the hunt for Manchester’s best leftover beef and meat recipes. To find out more and learn more about the Meaty Issues campaign, visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/meaty-issues.