A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe – Thomas Keller

Food glorious food! It’s been a hectic start to the week here at Rowville Community Kitchen as we’ve been trialing our raw choc raspberry cake. Take a peak at the results on our Facebook page.

We’re pretty chuffed with this tasty new treat of ours!

What we’re not so chuffed about is the alarming amount of food wastage we see on a daily basis right in our own backyard. Put simply, in this country, we’re feeding way too many bins as opposed to bellies.

The food industry, supermarkets, vegetable growers, factories, households… as far as we’re concerned, nowhere is off-limits!

Did you know that according to lunchalot.com:

  • Aussies eventually discard up to 20% of the food they purchase – that’s 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries.
  • Up to 40% of the average household bin is filled with food.
  • The average Australian household throws away over $1k of food each year. That’s enough to feed a standard household for over a month.

What we think is scary is that we’ve only given you 3 key stats here… the more you research food waste, the worse it all gets.

Since we started out at Rowville, our team has chopped, diced and cooked over 17,000 kilos of fresh food.

We’re incredibly passionate about respecting and using fresh food as it should be and as you can imagine, when we read stats such as these ones, they make our heads spin a little.

It’s even worse when hear some of the reasons why people are throwing out so much good food that could be used to satisfy so many grumbling bellies out there.

The usual excuses include:

  • People not being able to judge how much food to cook so they end up with way too much excess food.
  • Too much food being bought because no one’s checked the cupboard or fridge before hitting the supermarket or bothered to make up a shopping list.
  • Leftovers going to waste because people lack the ability to use them creatively which sees them feeling as though they’re eating the same meal over and over again.

Be honest: did some of the above reasons hit a little too close to home for comfort? Sadly, you’re not alone and as much as it makes our stomachs turn, Australia is actually one of the highest in world rankings when it comes to food wastage.

Keep in mind, we’ve only thrown a selection of the most common responses we hear when we ask people the all-important ‘why?’ question.

Make no mistake: we’re passionate about rescuing food so if you know you’ve got an issue with food wastage, we’re more than happy to take you under our wing and give you a helping hand.

You can read about our rescued food program here: it’ll save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Not to mention, those last minute takeaway meals will be a thing of the past which is likely to equate to a happier, healthier you (and family if you have one)!

Ready to stop feeding your bin and start nourishing more bellies? Send us an email or give us a call for more information:

Email info@rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au

Speak to Christine – 1300 363 723