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Don’t let the pasteurised go past-your-eyes

February 23, 2011

Excuse disregard for the English language used to create a simple play on words for National Dairy Week. But needs must and I am sure that Louis Pasteur would approve of the subtle reference to the process synonymous with his name; Pasteurisation.

If you delight in dairy you may want to divert your ears / eyes as there is some news that may sour your soul, sorry another ban pun.  As each year an estimated £93 million worth of dairy is disposed by households in Scotland. That is cheese that got chucked, yoghurt that went yuck, butter that turned bad, eggs that went from the box to the bin and the cream that was never consumed.

For me, the diary dilemma I can face on occasion that changes me from being a delighter of dairy, to the “dairy disposer” is often simply time itself. As time passes dairy can be quick to changes. Once it has gone past its ‘use by’ date or for eggs their ‘best before’ date then they will need to go. Am I the only one that can quickly find themselves as the disposer of dairy that I had bought to delight in? If so what should I do?

 
 
 

Dairy delights

 

For me, the diary dilemma I can face on occasion that changes me from being a delighter of dairy, to the “dairy disposer” is often simply time itself. As time passes dairy can be quick to changes. Once it has gone past its ‘use by’ date or for eggs their ‘best before’ date then they will need to go. Am I the only one that can quickly find themselves as the disposer of dairy that I had bought to delight in? If so what should I do?

Louis Pasteur at work

If I was Louis Pasteur, the brilliant French chemist and one of the fathers of microbiology, perhaps I would have some hope of avoiding this dilemma by developing an elaborate system to prolong the life of my dairy further. However I am not that brilliant, as you can tell from the title to this blog. I just need to employ another play of words on the technique that Louis is famous for (Pasteurisation) and encapsulate this into a ‘catchy’ slogan. Here it comes…

Dairy. Don’t let the pasteurised, go past-your-eyes…

There is some method behind the madness of this statement, but not much and it is buried deep. It stems from the knowledge that diary is easy to buy, put into the fridge, then use some of it, before forgetting the rest.  So if you have ever gone into your fridge only to find some forgotten fromage you are not alone.

Here are my top tips to prevent the pasteurised from getting past-your-eyes again, so we can all dispose less dairy. 

  • Have a rummage through your fridge; looking at what dairy you have in there and plan when you will use it by.
  • Rotate the contents of the fridge; bring things that need to be used first to the front of the fridge, such as the cream or yoghurts. 
  • Use your freezer for dairy that you will need to use at a later date.
  • Before heading to the shops have a quick look through your fridge so you get just the things you need.
  • Give a glance to the use by dates on the dairy while at the shops. So you know you will be able to use it all in good time.  

Fromage found whilst fridge foraging.

Finally if you are looking for some inspiration for creative ideas with what to do with your cream or cheese or eggs or yoghut then look no further than the recipe finder. During National Dairy Week make it a time when you are a dairy delighter and not a dairy disposer, and don’t let the pasteurised go past-your-eyes.

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