Traditionally pancakes were made to use up perishables such as butter, milk and eggs the day before Lent begins Making pancakes is also a good opportunity to use up any leftovers of items from your fridge and kitchen cupboards before they are out of date. In the UK, we still waste around £60 worth of food per month by throwing away food that could have been eaten. A fifth of the food we buy ends up as waste, and about 60% of that could still have been eaten.
Research has shown that milk is one of the three top items being thrown away unused in British homes along with bread and potatoes. There is an incredible 5.9milliion glasses of milk wasted on a daily basis in the UK. The main reasons for the waste is the fact that we sometimes buy more than we need and we are unsure about how to store food to keep it fresh. Quite often, we are unsure about food date labelling and over-estimate portions. So instead of throwing away leftovers or overripe fruit today, use them up by creating a tasty pancake filling.
Pancake batter is simple to make and there are loads of pancake recipes to be found online. To create the basic pancake you will need is a few ingredients; flour, milk, and eggs. Just about anything you put in a pancake will taste great, you can even add fruit, nuts, berries or even chocolate to your batter. If you need to shop for your pancake day treat remember to take a shopping list and only buy what you need to create the prefect waste-free meal.
Pancakes are popular around the world; why not try a different type of pancake today? There is the American buttermilk pancake, or Russian pancakes called blinis, which are made from buckwheat flour, try them served with smoked salmon, sour cream or crème fraiche. If you fancy something savory try an Indian Gujarati pancake with spicy potatoes and yoghurt. Or for a delicious dessert you can make quick and easy sweet fillings using overripe fruit chopped and stirred through yoghurt or cream.
Enjoy your pancake day, if you do have leftover batter keep it fresher for longer- pour it into an clean plastic milk bottle and it will stay fresh in your fridge for a few days’, it will separate so just give it a quick shake before you use it.