Our almonds are Too Good To Go. Yes, as well as being delicious, we don’t want you to throw them away if they are past their best-before date. So read on for our anti-waste tips.
Conscious consumption is in our roots. We care about our footprint on the land, on the fruit and on people. That’s why, after hearing about the latest global food waste figures, we knew we had to take action.
It is estimated that every year one third of all food produced is thrown away – 1.3 billion tonnes. In Europe alone we are talking about food waste equivalent to the weight of one and a half pyramids! Reducing this figure is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Why is it so important? Because reducing food waste would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the rate of nature’s destruction resulting from land conversion and pollution. At the same time, it would improve food availability and thus reduce hunger and save money at a time of global recession.
We often think that these “policies” are not for us, that it is the responsibility of big business. But together we can all take simple actions to help change. This is whereToo Good To Go‘s #LookSmellTest challenge comes in, encouraging you to trust your senses.
It’s very easy, before throwing food away, use your senses! The #LookSmellTest will help you evaluate food that is past its best-before date and avoid wasting it if it is still in good condition.
If you are a regular chirlatero you will know that it is very difficult to get a “bad” almond, because we make sure that you only get the best almonds from our harvest through a manual selection and calibration process. We pick them one by one for you! But you can’t tell a “bad” almond at a glance. You can tell by its bitter taste and rancid smell. Paco explains it better in this blind tasting:
The almond is a very grateful food because, preserved in good conditions, it can be eaten up to two years after harvesting, although it is best eaten 12 months after harvesting. What is the best way to preserve them? Very logical… since it is a nut. avoid contact with moisture or fruits and vegetables. If you keep it in a cool place, between 6º and 10ºC, it will be delicious whenever you eat it.
What about the rest of the 100% almond products? The more the almond is processed, as in milk, flour or cream, the more sensitive it is to rancidity or attack by insects and small micro-organisms. Don’t panic! If you have opened the container, store it in an airtight container away from light and heat sources.
With your Chirlata order, you will always receive a preservation sheet so that you can store the product in the best possible way. You will also find it on the label of the packaging next to the best-before date. Now, make sense of the dates and before you throw it away #LookSmellTest.
Share with us your testing of Chirlata products and help other #wastewarriors.Together against food waste!