Waste Not Want Not

Here in the valley, we love food which, in turn, means we dislike food waste!

We work very hard in our canteen to make sure we use everything we can. We sat down with Paul Collins, our Executive Chef and Food Ambassador to find out just what our canteen are doing to minimise food wastage.

Organic Bone Broth made in the Staff Canteen Kitchen at Yeo Valley HQ
Organic Bone Broth made in the Staff Canteen Kitchen at Yeo Valley HQ

“All the beef we use in the canteen is from our own farms and we try to use every last bit of meat, including the bones! We make a bone broth or a stock which we use to make our gravy for the staff roast on a Wednesday. It takes two days but it’s well worth the wait!

We buy food supplies daily from local, trusted suppliers that are close to us and share our values. This means we only order what we will use without having excess leftovers. We also buy seasonally from these suppliers that grow, rear or make everything we use in the canteen. Keeping food miles this low is extremely important to us.

We save all the trimmings from our root vegetables, such as onions or carrots, for our stock pot which minimises the need to put in extra veg. Any leftover veg from our roast Wednesday becomes bubble and squeak for lunch the following day and we make surplus veggies or other food items into soups, chutneys or purees. We can do this at the height of their season to maximise flavour and extend the season. I love doing this with broad beans, wild garlic or tomatoes.

We make Crostini from our leftover Sourdough and freeze them sliced, ready to be used during the busiest days. If we have any whole loaves of bread left over, we sell it to the staff at a reduced rate and if there is still any left, we turn it into breadcrumbs ready for future recipes!

If we are cutting fish into portions and there is any trim, we use that for fishcakes, fish pie or croquettes which are always popular dishes on the menu when they appear.

Paul Collins, Executive Chef and Yeo Valley's Food Ambassador, demonstrates making organic bone broth at our London Cafe
Paul Collins, Executive Chef and Yeo Valley’s Food Ambassador, demonstrates making organic bone broth at our London Cafe.

We treat the freezer like it’s our best friend because, when it comes to keeping wastage to a minimum, it is!”

We’d love to know any tips that you have for reducing food waste in your kitchen.

If you’d like to give making your own bone broth a go, you can see our recipe by clicking here.

 

 

Comments on “Waste Not Want Not”

  • Can I recommend making a modern version of a hay box… a well insulated cocoon for your casserole brought to the boil for ten minutes then wrapped up and covered well for two or more hours. Once out heat up again and eat..

    SK on 1st April 2020 at 10:12 pm

  • Good tip to use the peelings/tops for the stock; I always use the bones for broth, they go straight in the pot whilst washing up the Sunday roast.
    The kids love bubble n squeak Monday’s more than the Sunday roast, then Tuesday broth day has to have leek dumplings or there’s a riot on my hands

    Jean Marrin on 16th March 2020 at 10:48 pm

  • It is great to read your ‘waste not, want not’……I was brought up knowing this statement and continue to preach to my family about waste, it’s so important, and helps with the housekeeping bills! Yes, all that you have mentioned I do. Great work.

    Jean on 23rd February 2020 at 8:33 am

  • Glad you don’t waste anything.

    Chris Cox on 12th February 2020 at 1:22 pm

  • It’s excellent to learn that you put all leftovers to use , what brilliant usage .

    Pauline Jukes on 12th February 2020 at 9:45 am

  • Have visited Yeo Valley a couple of years ago and the restaurant then was really good but now sounds even better. Look forward to my next trip. The gardens were beautiful by the way.

    Ann on 11th February 2020 at 6:41 pm

  • we make our own soup thankyou.

    graham on 11th February 2020 at 5:22 pm

  • Have just made a delicious chicken vegetable soup with the stock and veg leftover from Sunday’s chicken casserole …I used a stick blender and added a teaspoon of cream (YV of course) and enjoyed a lovely lunch with toasted day old bread on the side !

    Rhona on 11th February 2020 at 5:00 pm

  • So happy you have come to this waste not want not at last, it is only common sense you know!!

    Caroline Stevenson on 11th February 2020 at 4:47 pm

  • You’re clearly doing so much to help maximise every bit of food; it is admirable and inspirational.

    Cat on 11th February 2020 at 2:27 pm

  • With any bread left over I make bread pudding, which can be frozen.

    Joy on 11th February 2020 at 1:23 pm

  • Really good ideas…I use my left over bread to make bread and butter pudding…if it’s slightly stale it makes great toast…I also put bread crumbs into leftover fat and put it out for the birds

    Kevin Michael Booth on 11th February 2020 at 12:22 pm

  • Some great ideas here. We should all try and do likewise!

    Sue on 11th February 2020 at 12:18 pm

  • very informative piece, I freeze any vegetabel peelings and use these for stock for my vegetarian gravy along with marmite, english mustard and herbs.

    Ruth Gagliardi on 11th February 2020 at 10:31 am

  • This is what I have always done in my 49 years of marriage. There is little food waste from this household. I use the food waste kerbside collection every 6 weeks or so as there is so little waste. I freeze the waste until there is an amount worth putting out. Good to see that someone is trying to get the message out to reduce food waste.

    Anne Kinsmn on 11th February 2020 at 10:12 am

  • Thanks for your good ideas! On a domestic scale, I love keeping a wormery to process the peelings and bits you really can’t eat (as well as some cooked scraps) into rich compost for containers in the garden.

    Carole on 11th February 2020 at 10:06 am

  • Nice to hear everything gets used. I have been brought up like this. Not just good for the environment but also for the purse.
    I also freeze the odd half a glass of wine left in the bottle and use it in stews or sauces.

    Esther Leach on 11th February 2020 at 9:57 am

  • Yes I try and reduce any Kitchen waste as I live alone I cut up Chicken /Duck into Portions + make stock & Freeze to use another day & only take out 1 portion of each Vegetable for that meal so no waste!

    MICHAEL KING on 11th February 2020 at 9:17 am

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