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Don’t throw your pumpkins away! Top chef shows what you can do with leftover pumpkin

Residents are being urged to join the pumpkin rescue and come along to a cookery demonstration in Selby later this month.

Chef Nigel Brown will be on hand to share his delicious pumpkin recipes to encourage everyone to reuse their pumpkins once Halloween is over with – as most pumpkins end up in the bin.

Nigel will be demonstrating his seasonal recipes in Market Cross, at the North Yorkshire Rotters stand in Selby on Monday 29 October from 9am until 3pm. Highly nutritious, full of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C reusing pumpkins will help produce a healthy meal as well as reduce waste meaning we can become more economical.

The roadshow and cookery demonstration will also include advice on ways to make the most of your leftovers, this is part of the Council’s Don’t be a Waster campaign which joins forces with North Yorkshire County Council. There’ll be giveaways including recipe cards and gadgets to help you reduce your leftovers including spaghetti measurers, rice scoops and fridge thermometers.

Executive member and lead councillor with responsibility for housing, health and culture, Cllr Chris Pearson, commented, “Wasting food and drink is also a waste of money. And the amount of pumpkins that end up in landfill that could be eaten is a real shame.

“This is a great way for residents to find out how they can reuse their pumpkins in easy and innovative recipes. I’ll certainly be trying some out.”

Nigel regularly demonstrates at top food festivals and events and has catered for high profiles such as Nelson Mandela and Princess Anne.  He runs a top cookery school in Lincolnshire and is an acclaimed food writer and blogger.

Nigel says: “I’m really looking forward to showing the great people of Selby and the surrounding areas of North Yorkshire some fantastic new ideas using pumpkins in the run up to Halloween.

“So many people just view pumpkins as a once a year Halloween novelty and then discard them which in turn creates huge amounts of food waste.”

So why not come down on 29 October to see what you can do with your pumpkins once the Halloween celebrations are over.

You can also visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for more ideas and download their free app designed to help you save food, money…and the planet. Download a pumpkin recipe book here.

Follow the #pumpkinrescue hashtag on social media for recipe ideas.

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