Easter will soon be here, are you looking forward to a long weekend? It’s a time to get together with friends and family to celebrate…….enjoy the sunshine.
The majority of people may have bought their Easter eggs already, as they were on display in shops and supermarkets just after Christmas. How many people have resisted the temptation of eating them? It may be a safer option to wait until a few days before Easter to buy them and who knows, you may even bag a bargain.
When choosing which Easter egg to buy, do you consider the cost (expensive must taste good) or are you lured by the big fancy packaging; it must taste nice and the person receiving it will be impressed? Why not ditch the egg-stras, go for less packaging, save some money and hopefully the chocolate will still be of good quality and up to the taste-good standard.
Manufacturers are decreasing the amount of packaging used for Easter eggs, maybe even using recycled material. Remember, once the eggs have been eaten, the cardboard packaging can be recycled in your recycling bin.
In Britain each year we throw away over 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes and the Easter holidays are no exception. Think and plan ahead, buy only what you need and think about the number of guests you are entertaining; its always good to think number of portions required.
You may have bought eggs that have been freshly laid to make your own Easter cakes so remember to use the older eggs first before the ‘best before date’. If you are having guests staying over, why not treat them to eggs for breakfast – scrambled, poached, omelette, boiled, fried……..yummy! If the ‘best before date’ has come and gone on the eggs, test them to see if they are off before you decide whether to put them in your food and garden bin. We throw away over 1 million eggs a day in the UK, so think before binning, make the most of the eggs.
Over the Easter weekend, entertaining the children is a must…. some ideas for you:-
- Easter egg hunt in the garden
- An adventure at a Local Park attraction
- Craft activities
- Easter Bonnet making and Parade
- Leisurely walk to the top of Holcombe Hill in Ramsbottom. Traditionally on Good Friday, there’s an annual competition of egg rolling down the hill.
Once the children have tired themselves out and become hungry, a meal prepared using the food you already have in your kitchen or leftovers will go down a treat with everyone. Here are some top tips from LFHW for Easter to help make the most of any food we buy at this time of year.
In the evening, if you want to carry on with the fun, why not play a traditional Easter game – the egg dance! You dance around eggs that are laid on the ground instead of a handbag (that’s definitely one for outdoors).
There are lots going on in and around Greater Manchester to get involved in over the Easter weekend. Enjoy, relax and most of all, reduce the amount of waste we produce.