Posts Tagged ‘food waste’

Canadian Migas Challenge

Got stale bread?

Inspired by the latest cooking video from the beloved chef José Andrés, and all the stale bread we’ve got happening in our kitchens, we got an idea. Will you bring us into your kitchen? Maybe you can start with migas! Continue »



This Bread is Reducing Food Waste, One Slice At A Time

 

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We are all aware of the vast amount of food waste that Canadians generate. It’s shocking, really; the average Canadian wastes 170 kilograms of food every year. This weekend, meet one entrepreneurial Canadian who is doing something about it, using leftover grains from the brewing industry to make fabulous, artisanal sourdough bread. Taste it for yourself in the store this Sunday, February 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Continue »



A Crossword Puzzle to Honour Toronto’s Food Heroes

 

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If you like whiling away the hours with the New York Times crossword, or like to kill a few minutes fiddling with Sudoku, or unscrambling the daily Jumble you will love our latest advert on the back cover of Edible Toronto. This month we’ve put together a challenging little crossword puzzle that will test your knowledge about some of Toronto’s Food Heroes; agencies and actors that make our city a world-renowned source of inspiring food stories. Continue »



Trashed & Wasted; A Charity Event

 

Waste not want not, innit?

Waste not want not, innit?

 

Even if just one-fourth of the food currently lost or wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people in the world.”-FAO.org 

Food waste is a big problem in much of the western world. Supermarkets, consumers, restaurants and other food producers, providers and merchants throughout the world waste as much as a third of the food produced. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  this amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes. In North America and Europe, this works out to each man, woman and child wasting between 95 and 115 kilograms of food each year. Also according to the FAO, “…in medium- and high-income countries food is wasted and lost mainly at later stages in the supply chain. Differing from the situation in developing countries, the behaviour of consumers plays a huge part in industrialized countries.”

 

Too ugly to eat?

Too ugly to eat?

 

One of our behaviour patterns is our penchant for tossing out any produce that does not look like it would win a red ribbon at the county fair. So-called “Ugly Fruit and Vegetables” don’t have a chance as they are often dismissed and tossed early on in the chain from the farm to supermarket shelf, or, if they do make it, lay rejected by consumers who have been conditioned to believe that they deserve “nothing but the best” even if this standard of beauty is chiefly a superficial consideration. Fortunately many “Ugly Vegetable” campaigns are popping up, changing the way suppliers and consumers approach the idea of seeking perfection in the produce aisle.

“In developing countries 40% of losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels while in industrialized countries more than 40% of losses happen at retail and consumer levels”.-FAO.org

As if this weren’t bad enough, arbitrary expiration/ best before dates determined by the food manufacturer to get us to discard even more viable foodstuff also contribute to huge amounts of pointless waste, inculcating in us a paranoia that borders on the absurd and usurps common sense.

There is some hope, however. In this excellent article Christine Sismondo discusses some of the “Zero-waste” initiatives being enacted citywide and nationwide by markets, farms and chefs; even hotels, breweries and distilleries are coming up with innovative ideas to make 2017, as Ms Sismondo calls it, The Year of Mindful Eating and Drinking.

 

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And right in our own backyard, at the Wychwood Barns  on March 1st, some of Toronto’s top talent-chefs, brewers, distillers, artists and innovators- will be hosting “Trashed & Wasted,” a charity event that aims to make us re-think trash, and waste, “ for a one night celebration of the sustenance, beauty, and benefits of what was once simply trashed and wasted.” Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Second Harvest Toronto, the main provider of fresh food to people in need in Toronto.

“Trashed & Wasted will pair innovative chefs with ethically-minded suppliers to create dishes from rescued food. Local brewers, distillers, and drinks experts will be challenged to concoct libations from repurposed ingredients. Local artists and designers will display creations from disposed and found objects….”

 Participants in the event include Sanagans Meat Locker, Porchetta & Co, Hooked Inc, Arepa Cafe, Montgomery’s Restaurant, Rainhard Brewery & Yongehurst Distillery as well as suppliers Blackbird Bakery, Chasers Juice, Chocosol, Montforte Dairy, Soma Chocolate, Sanagans Meat Locker and Hooked Inc. This is not a sit down dinner, but more like a bazaar. Admission is 35$ at the door, but only 30$ if you get in on the earlybird special 

 

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Individual food items will be on sale for 5$ each. What will these talented and ethically-minded chefs be serving? How will they tempt us with treats and dishes made from ingredients that were saved from an ignominious fate? Show up at Wychwood barns at 6 pm March 1st and find out for yourself!



Second Harvest’s Hero Day

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No Waste. No Hunger” That is the simple and profound vision statement of Canada’s largest food rescue charity, Second Harvest. In these tough economic times, (i.e., always) it is mind-blowing that we Canadians waste 40% of our food every year, between 27 and 31 billion dollars of food yearly while thousands go hungry every day. Sometimes restaurants order too much food and must get rid of it at the end of the day, or caterers or retailers don’t use everything they have and it gets tossed. Often it is just because the produce in question maybe has a little bruise on it, or a certain vegetable has a strange shape, or the food doesn’t look like it should appear on the cover of Good Housekeeping.Though certain retailers in this country and abroad are making some effort to curb food waste by discounting this produce, it is still a drop in the bucket.

 

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