Did you know every year 18,000 tons of perfectly edible pumpkin  squash is tipped straight into the bin at Halloween time? All this  weighs the same as 1,500 double decker buses!  That’s a lot of unnecessary food waste which could be prevented. With this in mind,  we thought we’d give you some ideas of delicious things to make from the inside of your pumpkin after you’ve carved it out this Halloween.

Here is a recipe for the most obvious one, pumpkin soup!

Ingredients (serves two):

  • 700g of pumpkin, skinned and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 25g of butter
  • One medium onion, chopped
  • 275ml of double cream or full-fat milk
  • 275ml of stock
  • salt and pepper

How to make:

  1. Melt butter in deep saucepan on medium heat
  2. Add onion and stir until soft
  3. Add pumpkin
  4. Season well with salt and pepper
  5. Lower the heat and leave for around 10 minutes, letting the vegetables sweat
  6. Pour in cream/milk
  7. Cover pan and let the mixture simmer gently for around 20 minutes
  8. Pour in food processor/blender and puree – it doesn’t need to be completely smooth, so don’t worry if there’s still a bit of texture
  9. Serve soup, when hot

Recipe from: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/save-our-pumpkins-uk-wastes-18000-tons

If you’d rather make something more creative ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ have some great ideas. These include pumpkin mash, pumpkin ravioli or pumpkin tart. For full details and recipes go to: http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/node/4172 (For link to recipe clink on the name of the food).

Happy Halloween and we hope you enjoy these recipes and ideas!