Leicester Pumpkin Events Carve: Cook: Eat: Compost

Halloween need not be the Festival of Food waste

Community groups, local authorities, Environmental and  Food Groups, Allotment Societies, Schools, Scouts, Guides  and other food fanatics can all help reduce waste at Halloween by taking part in our Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue events.

It is estimated that in the UK up to four million pumpkins are brought to carve and display over Halloween with the edible flesh of these pumpkins being discarded as waste and ending up with most of the lanterns in landfill. This produces an additional 18,000 tons of landfill waste directly attributable to the Halloween festivities. This, according to the environmental charity Hubbub, is equivalent to 360 million portions of pumpkin pie.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins where grown in the USA in 2014 most of which, as in the UK, where used for carving and then thrown away,

 Much of this waste is due to people being unaware of the versatility of pumpkin flesh as a food or not realising that the fresh discarded when carving the pumpkin can be eaten. It is calculated that in the UK only 33% cook the fresh of the pumpkins they carve out. On this basis, farmers are growing acres of food just for it to be thrown away

Carve it,  Cook it, Eat it, Compost it

 

Join us in reducing pumpkin waste while celebrating Halloween

  1. Provide pumpkin recipes and cooking advice
  2. Organise a carved pumpkin event and photograph  the pumpkins and carvers in your Community Centre or school before sending the pumpkins to them to Stokes Wood Allotment  for display. Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
  3. Book a place on the Pumpkin Lunch at Stokes wood and bring a pumpkin dish to share
  4. Best Carved pumpkin judging at Stokes Wood Allotment
  5. Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  Take part in the smashing of the carved pumpkins and start composting them

 

If you are interested in helping to organise, host or support one or more of these events, please contact:

Carryoncomposting1@gmail.com    

Link to main pumpkin page Composting Pumpkins

 

 

Leicester and Leicestershire Schools Pumpkin Rescue

Pumpkin Rescue : Schools

Suggestions as to how schools could participate in the 2019 Pumpkin Rescue and increase awareness of the amount of waste sent to landfill as a result of Halloween

 General

Provide an assembly talk on pumpkin waste. There are PowerPoint slides available for download and modify at http://www.carryoncomposting.com/441149742

Provide pumpkin recipes (link available on carryoncomposting.com as above)

Encourage school cookery clubs or catering to try pumpkin recipes

Carved pumpkins

Organise a carved pumpkin event ( the pumpkins can be carved at the homes of students and brought into school) and photograph  the pumpkins your school . Provide photos and news item to local press.

Arrange to display the carved pumpkins and enter the best carved pumpkin competition   at Stokes Wood Allotment, 2B Stokes Drive, Leicester, LE3 9BS

Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins

Give out list of recipes (Available on this site)

Act as a collection centre for pumpkins after Halloween

Contact your local allotment site to arrange a  “Pumpkin Smash”, smash and compost them at school   or arrange to take them to Stokes Wood Allotment Compost Demonstration Site  on 9th November (collection can be arranged)

Take part in the smashing of the carved pumpkins and start composting them

Pumpkin Rescue schools

Pumpkin Rescue
Suggestions for schools

Pumpkin Recipes

Every year over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting heap  without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers  across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  and reduce the waste sent to landfill,

 Every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.  Do not waste the flesh of your pumpkin follow the links to a wide range of pumpkin recipes

Love Food Hate Waste (https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/search?search_api_views_fulltext=pumpkin)

LFHW publishes  a range of pumpkin recipes such as: Gnocchi in Pumpkin and Chilli Sauce, Pumpkin & Butter Bean Broth, Pumpkin ravioli, Pumpkin Tart, Roasted Pumpkin, Roast Pumpkin Lasagne  and Coriander Soup. 

 Allrecipes (https.//www.a;;recipes.com/)

Search under pumpkins to find a wide range of recipes using pumpkins including pumpkin burgers, brownie bars with frosting, crunch cake, gooey pumpkin cake,

BBC Good Food (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/pumpkin)

Recipes From savoury soups to sweet treats

Country Living  (https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g619/our-best-pumpkin-recipes-1008/)

Recipes including pumpkin soupspumpkin pastashealthy pumpkin recipes, and so many more savoury meals.

Pumpkin seeds, when toasted or baked, are rich in potassium and protein.

After Halloween take the skin of the pumpkin to a collection point or bring it to Stokes Wood Allotment site to join in the “Pumpkin Smash” and composting  on 9th November

Details from carryoncomposting1@gmail.com

Pumpkin Recipe1

There is no need to search the net this document contains links to pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkin rescue Restaurants, pubs and cafes

Halloween Food Waste: You can help reduce the  Horror!

We are inviting cafes and restaurants in Leicester to join with us in making people more aware of food waste related to Halloween. The campaign also offers the restaurant the opportunity to promote itself as part of the caring community  simply by providing pumpkin based dishes over Halloween.

 Halloween is now Britain’s third biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas and Easter, and the country’s second biggest party night after New Year’s Eve.  A spooky side of Halloween is the shocking number of edible pumpkins that go to waste each year

Over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill,  that is approximately 18,000 tonnes of food waste with  the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team  are urging pumpkin carvers, allotments schools and the public   across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue  to help reduce the waste sent to landfill.  This year should see the biggest ever Pumpkin Rescue event and it is hoped that Leicestershire will play a significant part by organising and participating in a   range of fun-filled cooking, carving  and composting events  festivals for all the family. 

 We need your help as every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.

Please join the project  and increase awareness of the different ways  pumpkin can be cooked and served by putting pumpkin dishes on your menu and advertising that you are doing so by registering with our Pumpkin Rescue project. This is a voluntary project and will not involve any cost to you.

 Please spread the world and give us details of your  pumpkin dishes or drinks  and we will put it on our local websites and notify Hubbub nationally. Please contact carryoncomposting1@gmail.com so that all of the efforts across the country and city can be recognised.

Pumpkin Rescue Food establishments

Supporting the reduction of pumpkin waste by promoting pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Rescue

Pumpkin Rescue Power-point
Ideas for events to support the 2019 Pumpkin Rescue
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