food waste


Aldi Christmas Eve Surplus Food Donation

aldi christmas eve surplus food donation

aldi christmas eve surplus food donation

I’m just dropping in very quickly today to let you know that Aldi are giving away their surplus fresh food on Christmas Eve to community groups/charities working with less fortunate individuals.  I think this is a fantastic way to help others and to help reduce food waste associated with Christmas.  Be quick though as you need to apply by 8th December. Here are the details – please share with any community groups/charities that might be interested:

“The Aldi Corporate Responsibility Department are delighted to offer an opportunity to receive surplus food from your local Aldi store to support you over the busy festive period.

As our stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until the 27th of December, we will have a variety of good quality surplus food products that we wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and to prevent food going to waste.

We will have the following food product types available to collect on Christmas Eve, subject to store sell-through and stock levels:

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh meat
Fresh fish
Bread and bakery products
Other chilled products (e.g. dairy, desserts, ready meals etc.)

It is important to note that these products will have a relatively short best before / expiry life left at this stage, however all products will have at least one day remaining.

We are unfortunately unable to deliver products on a locally, so it would be essential that your organisation is able to collect. We will expect the levels of food available to vary, however estimations of around 20-30 crates will be expected from each store. If you wish to collect all products available, we would therefore recommend providing a large car or van, or being prepared to make multiple journeys. However you are more than welcome to take as much of the products offered as you can use – you are not required to take all products. We would also ask to ensure that you bring appropriate collection containers (bags, crates, boxes, etc.) as we will only have a limited number of cardboard boxes potentially available for use.

As noted above, we are asking groups to collect from stores on Christmas Eve only at between 4:30 – 5:30pm after the store has closed. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate collections outside this time.

We would be grateful if you could please let us know if you would like to take us up on this exciting opportunity by Friday 8th December so that we can brief the stores and ask them to make contact with you to make arrangements. If you are not able to take advantage of this, but can recommend a different charity group local to you that may be able to, we would be grateful if you could pass this message on to them and ask them to get in touch with us by the aforesaid deadline and via the address above.

Please respond with the following details:

Charity / Group Name
Main Contact Name
Main Contact Telephone
City / Town
Store Postcodes Which You Would Like To Collect From
Type Of Products That You Wish To Collect

To find out more, please contact Energy and Environment Team, ALDI Stores Ltd, at Tel: +44 (1827) 711-800”

Food & Drink, Food Waste Tips

How to Store Spring Onions

storing spring onions

storing spring onions

Now that spring onions are in season, did you know there’s a special technique on how to store spring onions?  It’s true, there is a special no fuss method you can use to keep your spring onions fresher for longer.  And there’s no special equipment required, or multiple steps to follow.

When I used to buy or pick spring onions I used to put them straight into the fridge as they were, and they tended to wilt within a couple of days, tops.  There really is nothing worse than wilted spring onions when you really fancy an omelette (this recipe is my favourite).  Or my personal favourite way to serve spring onions – finely chopped and sprinkled on buttered potatoes!

How to store Spring Onions

Recently I learned how to store spring onions correctly.  There’s no special magic involved – just give them the cut flowers treatment!  When you pick or buy your spring onions simply keep them in a glass or vase of water on your kitchen counter top.  There’s no need to refrigerate – just keep the water topped up.

Here’s a pictorial representation!

how to store spring onions

Your family and friends might think you’re a bit crazy, but you’ll have the last laugh!  Your spring onions will stay firm and crunchy for around a week using this method, as opposed to lasting a couple of days in the fridge.

As with cut flowers, remember to change the water when it turns cloudy for optimum freshness.

You can also store celery, asparagus and other stalk vegetables in this way to help store them longer.  My kitchen is soon going to resemble a florist!

And did you know you can even regrow your spring onions once you’ve finished with them?!  It’s true – no sorcery involved!

Ps: if you found this articles useful then you’ll also enjoy my post on 10 food waste tips

pps: the glasses were a recent charity shop find!  Aren’t they pretty?