Pancake day – Feb 28th

February 20, 2017

Pancake Day, also called Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday in some parts of the world), is a day of feasting before Lent begins. It’s traditional to use up all rich, sugary and fatty foods in the house by making and eating pancakes. This is so that when the lent fasting begins, those foods won’t go to waste.

Not many people in the UK fast for lent nowadays, and modern packaging and refrigeration means that these sorts of foods are unlikely to go off, even if we did leave them untouched for 40 days. The same applies to eggs, milk and pancake batter, which can all be frozen.

Many people specifically go out to buy extra ingredients to make pancakes, a proportion of which go to waste. Given that pancakes should be one of the ultimate leftover dishes, it’s sad to think that pancake day is now a source of extra food waste!

We think it’s time to reclaim pancake day as a delicious celebration of frugality and zero food waste. Will you join us?

Here are some top pancake tips:

1. Use a tried and tested pancake recipe and don’t be afraid to get experimental with your fillings!

2. Be realistic with your portioning. Yes, pancakes are amazing, but are you really going to consume 15 eggs and a kilo of flour or your dinner? Have a think about how many pancakes you are likely to eat and prepare just enough pancake batter and filling / topping to suit.

3. Flip using a spatula rather than a tossing your food into the air. It reduces the danger of dropping your dinner on the floor, sustaining burn injuries and getting grease stains on the ceiling.

4. If you find that you have been left with ingredients that you aren’t able to eat in one sitting, make use of this easy guide to food storage: http://savethefood.com/food-storage/dairy

5. If you do make too much, don’t waste anything. Keep leftover pancake batter for another day – it will keep in the fridge for three days, or in the freezer for months. Keep in mind that the batter can also be used to make Yorkshire puddings.

6. Pancakes aren’t just for pancake day – try incorporating them into your everyday cooking as a versatile way to use up leftovers, or supplement a meal. Here are some inspirational pancake recipes from around the world.

If you find yourself left with uneaten pancakes, separate them with sheets of greaseproof paper and wrap them for freezing. Pancakes will keep like this indefinitely (but are best eaten within 3 months)  – just defrost and rewarm them (microwave or in a warm frying pan) for a delicious treat any time of year.

Forgot it was pancake day? BBC Good Food Have a range of ideas for making pancakes without milk, eggs or flour – good luck.