Stop Food Waste- Stock up on Jams and Chutneys for Winter

Date released: Sep 02 2011

Stop Food Waste – Stock up on Jams and Chutneys for the Winter!

Check out Stop Food Waste supporter Donal Skehan at Electric Picnic!

The EPA’s STOP Food Waste Programme advises us not to waste all that lovely fruit and veg from the summer months, instead, make sure it is stored properly to prolong its shelf-life, and if all else fails STOP Food Waste supporter Donal Skehan has some advice for stocking up on jams and chutneys for the winter hibernation! Log on to the StopFoodWaste facebook page for tips and recipes and you can also check out Donal Skehan’s reduced waste meal preparation on the ERP Earthship stage in the Body and Soul area of Electric picnic at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday 3rd September.

“How we store our fruit and vegetables can have a huge influence on prolonging its shelf-life.”

said Odile Le Bolloch, spokesperson for Stop Food Waste at the EPA.

“Some, but it’s important to say not all, fruit and veg is best kept in the fridge. Lemons, apples, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, carrots, peppers, broccoli, mushrooms and salad are all best kept in the fridge for freshness, while bananas and pineapples should never be refrigerated but kept cool. Pears ripen at room temperature or to keep their freshness and extend shelf-life keep them in the fridge. Tomatoes, melons and oranges can be stored either way so refrigerate if you wish to eat them chilled. Potatoes and onions prefer cool dark places for freshness. Also make sure your fridge and freezer are maintained properly – this will ensure food is cooled properly and saves on electricity costs too.

A good rule of thumb if you are unsure where to store fruit and vegetables is to copy the shops, they try to preserve fruit and veg for as long as possible,” said Odile.


STOP Food Waste also advises, use your own judgement when it comes to throwing food out, food that can be eaten is worth money. Use by dates are for safety and should be followed, best before dates are a guide. But remember that food is not like Cinderella, it doesn’t go off at midnight! Labels such as sell by and display until are used for stock control by shops and are of no consequence to householders.

Up and coming home cook, TV presenter and Stop Food Waste supporter Donal Skehan says:

“Correct storage of fruit and veg is really important when it comes to prolonging shelf-life, but perhaps with the new trend in growing your own, you may still have an abundance of fruit and veg left over from your own garden, if Jams and chutneys are they best way to seal in that goodness and and carry through the winter for delicious accompaniment to meats, salads and jams for hot buttered toast and warm scones.”

The STOP Food Waste programme is funded under the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP). Waste Prevention is the preferred waste management option in Ireland. By not generating waste, we can eliminate the need to handle, transport, treat and dispose of waste. We can also avoid having to pay for these services. In light of the significant issues arising from the disposal of food waste, and the realisation of the costs associated with this, the NWPP Prevention Plan 2009-2012 set out to promote food waste prevention and home composting. Check out the StopFoodWaste website for lots more tips.