FareShare Sussex are a partner in the European project FLAVOUR.
FLAVOUR explores surplus food redistribution in different settings across borders, creates pathways to employment and training and pilots the creation of new products through preservation techniques.
FLAVOUR reStore came about after Stephanie, the Product Developer put a call out for some like minded volunteers to experiment and create using what we call ‘surplus surplus’ (or food we have in such abundance we have leftovers) in the BELTA kitchen in Whitehawk.
First up, Nikki answered the call as she was already volunteering in the FareShare Sussex warehouse and had started a placement FareShare Sussex to gain valuable work experience. On their first session in the FareShare Sussex kitchen the two kitchen heroes were experimenting with plantain ketchup and eating almond croissants. They were having so much fun that Lizzie who was the volunteer chef for that day couldn’t resist joining them. The fun-loving threesome have since been cooking up a storm in their Whitehawk kitchen developing jams and chutneys to extend the shelf life of the ‘surplus surplus’ and making vinegars and finding other uses for their food waste.
Some of the successful products to date have been salted caramel from surplus milk, carrot jam, piccalilli, pineapple chutney, onion marmalade, fruit leathers, pomegranate molasses and preserved lemon peel. After a few weeks of trials, experiments and a lot of chatting the trio made 100 jars of pickles, preserves and sweet treats as a Christmas gift to the FareShare volunteers.
The next steps for the reStore project are to continue creating and share their produce with and engage the local community. Lizzie will be taking the reins of the project bringing her delicate palate and impeccable kitchen skills to the mix. reStore will continue. Watch this space!