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Get set for a Burns Night Mash Up

It’s impossible to think of Scotland without thinking about the Big Three: haggis, neeps and tatties! Our national dish is an institution, and never more so than on the 25th January, when we celebrate the life and works of ol’ Rabbie Burns by tucking in to a plate of this this tasty trio.

burns ode to tattie

Unfortunately, one of the most wasted foods in the country is our beloved spud; a pillar of the Burns Night meal and an ingredient almost unrivalled in its delicious diversity.

Every day in Scots homes a staggering half a million tatties are thrown away. And Burns Night is no exception.  Burns Night revellers number their thousands and in the aftermath of the famous supper, Scots will needlessly bin 500,000 potatoes; all of which could have been frozen or eaten as leftovers in tasty soups, salads and even pizza toppings. 

Highlighting the plight of the potato, Cat Hepburn, spoken word poet, has joined forces with Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign to address the issue. In the spirit of Rabbie Burns, Cat has turned to poetry, penning a contemporary ‘Ode to the Tattie’ to galvanise Scots to make a change so they ‘dinnae waste a morsel’ this Burns Night.  

We can help your business prevent food waste

When you are in the business of food you know something that many householders don’t. Sprouting potatoes and discolouration doesn’t mean tatties aren’t edible. Simply storing potatoes in a cool dark place and removing sprouts or discolouration before cooking are a few ways to make the potatoes end up in the pot rather than the bin. Such simple tricks you will already know. But if you are after bigger savings for your food based business, Resource Efficient Scotland is here to help help eek out every waste prevention measure - and save you money.

Work with us to find crafty ways to prevent unnecessary food waste call 0808 808 2269 or email 

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