I am sat down on a Sunday afternoon and on goes channel 4 on demand for Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. I absolutely love this show because not only do I get to see Jamie Oliver cooking some of my favourite meals but I also get to see him dealing with real food issues such as food waste.
He kicked off the show with some slow cooked pork shoulder. I should have eaten before this show started, because I was soon licking my lips and wishing that I had eaten before watching the show.
It always reminds me that pork is such a tasty meat and that I should eat more of it than I do. It is also incredibly cheap here in Portugal compared to other meats and one of these days, I will eat more of it.
It was also served with some nice greens and it made a change to see pork being used in something other than pulled pork!
Then it was on with their fight against food waste….
The Food Waste Fight
In the food waste fight it is all about landfills and how as soon as we see the dreaded sell by date on a product we always end up chucking it out. The same goes for the best before date and all the other silly numbers that are on our food. But the only date we should really be looking at is the “use by date” and nothing else.
Now supermarkets are then sticking all this food that has passed its sell by date and its ending up being forgotten about!
It is also down to personal choice whether you eat something that has reached its sell by date or not.
In the old days we had rationing and there was no such thing as food waste and everything was eaten before it hit that point.
But the food waste problem is huge and it is estimated that 7.2 million tonnes a year is thrown away.
I am not saying we should eat things that have gone off, but we have to realise that a banana that has passed its sell by date and not hit its use by date is still going to be fine for consumption.
What I would suggest is that what we really should have is a place where this food goes. Better lower prices on things that are 72 hours away from sell by date and donating foods to places like soup kitchens and to people in need. We often see hippy’s helping themselves to food that has been left in the supermarket bins, but instead of this it would be so much better if an arrangement could be made.
Of course, certain foods associated with food poisoning shouldn’t be passed on – but things like fruit and vegetables and canned goods should be fair game.
In the show Jamie Oliver visits a café that makes all its meals from food that has passed its sell-by-date and they have received the food by making a deal with the supermarket. Something that sounds crazy but at the same time is a fantastic idea!
Now I hope this goes further as I would love to see something being done about it.