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Ready Steady Cook chef Lesley Waters reveals top tips on how to use leftover pumpkin this Halloween

New research has revealed that more than 22 million pumpkins that will be purchased for Halloween are expected to go to waste this year, despite food bills being at an all-time high and more pressure than ever on households to make food to go further.    The survey, commissioned by environmental charity Hubbub,  reveals that 56% of pumpkins bought for carving last Halloween were not eaten, meaning this year Brits are expected to throw away more than £32 million worth of pumpkins.

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, a third of households said they are taking measures to make their food go further and 26% have already started batch cooking to save on energy bills. Whilst nearly 1 in 5 (18%) of people don’t actually know how to cook with pumpkin, this cheap and nutritious vegetable is perfect for batch cooking and can actually be turned into a wide range of meals.  The ‘Eat your pumpkin’ campaign, aims to highlight the environmental impact of pumpkin wastage and to encourage people to be less wasteful with their pumpkins after using them for decorative purposes this Halloween. For a more environmentally friendly Halloween, consider eating the pumpkin carving or find alternative ways to decorate without carving so you can still eat the pumpkin once the Halloween celebrations are over.

Aston spoke to TV chef Lesley Waters.

Photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash

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