Mooncakes! Nomnomnom…

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!

It’s that time of the year–the time to let loose and eat all kinds of mooncakes in honor of the Mid-Autumn Festival, aka the Mooncake Festival, an official harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people!
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During Mid-Autumn Festival, people celebrate by eating & giving mooncakes filled with lotus paste and a salted egg yolk (yum!!) to their friends and neighbours, while children attend lantern parades holding colourful lanterns, and families attend big lantern parades and exhibitions. How fun!

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If you got some mooncakes from your friends/ neighbours, here are some tips on storing mooncakes (so they won’t go to waste!)!

1. Mooncakes actually have a fairly long shelf-life due to their high sugar content, and will of course last longer if they’re stored in vacuum packaging.

2. The mooncakes should be stored in a cool place, and not exposed to heat (i.e. don’t place your box on top of the microwave oven, or in your car boot).

3. Baked mooncakes (the “original” kind) can be kept for up to three months, and snow-skin mooncakes can be kept for ten to twenty days if stored in temperatures between 5°C and 6°C (the usual fridge would do fine).

4. Mooncakes without egg yolks are yummier if consumed after three months.

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Enjoy the mooncakes!

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Household food waste

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According to research, young consumers and households with children are the biggest food-wasters. I don’t imagine many people do it on purpose. It can be a result of habits, lack of awareness and knowledge, and in some cases–laziness.

Indeed, it is easier to just throw away the chicken carcass in the bin than taking time to make your own chicken stock and  soup for another day with it.

BUT food waste does not only have a negative impact on the environment. Wasting food is also a waste of money–$2.5 billion worth of edible food a year is thrown away by households in NSW. Per household this averages out to $616 each year of money spent on food that is never eaten. I’m sure all of us could think of lots of other ways that we would prefer to spend our money instead!

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Now that concern over household budgets is constantly in the news and that living costs are rising faster than income, why do we still waste so much? Why is it so hard to eat the food we buy? Reducing food waste can save money!

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If you have made too much for dinner, put in the fridge for another time. Don’t throw it away.

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If you don’t want to have the same thing two days in a row, put it in the freezer and you have a quick meal ready in the week!

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Educate your children & the younger generation. Teach them to appreciate& be grateful for food and not to waste food.

Become a FOOD LOVER, not a FOOD WASTER. Say “NO” to food waste and stop wasting!


Be Grateful, Not Wasteful

800, 000 tonnes of edible food, which is worth $2.5 billion, gets wasted by households (particularly young consumers aged 18-24 and households with children) in NSW each year.

Why do we waste so much food?

Edible food being thrown away by households in NSW due to a lot of reasons and the main reasons are the following:

– Lack of skills and knowledge – Some people do not know how to store and handle food properly or what to do with leftovers; some people are confused about “best before” and “use by” date labels.

– Poor planning/food management — Excess buying and portion over-estimation always result in food getting wasted. Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase, which is one out of five bags of groceries they purchase (Food Know How 2014)

– Personal choice and lifestyle — Edible food being thrown away simply because it does not look right, leftovers being thrown away, and people buying takeaways instead of cooking what they have in their fridge, etc.

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But aren’t we so lucky to have access to amazing quality produce and food in Australia?

We should appreciate food and be GRATEFUL,not WASTEFUL!

Show our food some love, finish it all! Don’t Waste!

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