Hopetoun Farm Shop campaigns to save this summer’s BBQs
According to Hopetoun Farm Shop, an average of £35 is spent on food and drink at summer barbecues, and with each of us hosting around nine during the summer months that’s a whopping £315 a year spent on bangers, burgers and accompaniments.
However, according to Love Food Hate Waste Scotland, a significant amount of produce is wasted due to over cooking, cooking too much and using poor quality ingredients
To cut waste and improve flavour, Hopetoun Farm Shop has teamed up with experts to demonstrate to visitors how to cater the perfect barbecue.
Hopetoun Farm Shop Head Butcher Derek Mackintosh recommends that using quality ingredients will help to save money at a summer barbecue, “By carefully selecting quality produce for a barbecue you are guaranteed it will be more enjoyable, filling and nutritional.
“At Hopetoun Farm Shop we make up barbecue packs to order, meaning customers get what they want in the quantities they need. Wastage is therefore significantly lowered, saving money.
“Not only will having the necessary skills, knowledge and high quality produce help to save money but it will also make for a better barbecue experience.”
The award-winning West Lothian Farm Shop, located on the Hopetoun Estate near South Queensferry, is hosting a series of themed BBQ events over the summer months, from June to August.
The aim is to provide customers with the chance to sample fresh Hopetoun reared beef, lamb, game and poultry from the Estate cooked to perfection on the barbecue, selecting produce from a specially selected range to be grilled to order.
To accompany the butchery selection, the delicatessen offers a range of Hopetoun pies made in-store plus a variety of cold meats, Scottish cheeses and fresh locally baked cakes.
Hopetoun Farm Shop’s General Manager Marc Cherrie, commented, “We understand the importance of getting your barbecue right, and know that the quality of meat makes a huge difference. Our butchery offers the best quality meat and we can recommend the best way to cook or grill it.
“This summer our popular outdoor grill will showcase a variety of meats available in the farm shop, and offer customers the opportunity to taste produce from the butchery and delicatessen ranges.”
The themed events, starting in June, will showcase different meat each weekend:
Sausages – 26-28 June, 17-19 July, 7-9 and 28-30 August
American style pulled meats – 3-5 July, 31-2 and 21-23 August
BBQ (kebabs, burgers etc) – 10-12 July, 24-26 July and 14-16 August