Written by Agata Zur
Happy holiday season Fresh Family! One last push of this year urges us to reflect on this past year which offered both tough hardships and growth opportunities. At Freshtable we are grateful for every purchase, every person who has offered their help but mostly about the growing network we have managed to foster this year. We have grown a lot as a business, namely through informing new partnerships and growing our own Fresh team.
Our recent partnership with Food Union in Rotterdam means that we are able to have a Fresh and new space to cook our meals and prepare them with the highest care and quality. Food Union is based on the collective foundation where multiple entrepreneurs share the space and ignite creative food business ideas. This also means that we are able to host you in Keilestraat 7A during our office hours, where you can pick up your meals! This partnership allows us to grow even more next year and maintain a stable workplace to develop new ideas and events. In terms of sustainability this is very important to us. We want to continue fostering a sustainable community and interact with local suppliers and entrepreneurs. We believe we can learn a lot from others, but also have an impact ourselves.
In respect to our own Fresh team, we have grown in numbers and welcomed new team members this year. After meeting all together in our new workplace and testing out the new menu, we were able to get to know each other on a much deeper level and appreciate the privilege of working together. This is something we want to translate to our newest initiative, the podcast. The aim is to discuss topics related to social, environmental and economic sustainability and Freshtable’s efforts to embed these three principles in our processes. The first episode launching in January will be between the Founder and CEO Yasmina Khababi and the Sustainability Specialist, Agata Zur, where they will talk about the purpose and history of Freshtable as well as the future outlook for the business. Stay tuned!
SWAPBOX & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORK
This year has faced numerous problems related to sustainability and the general ignorance for sustainable degradation. Partnering with SwapBox was this year’s effort to reduce the environmental footprint of our packaging. By choosing the packaging option for SwapBox you ultimately enact more circular behaviour and don’t pay any extra money. This option is 100% free and available to all customers, who have 14 days to return the reusable box, which is easiest when placing a new order. Moreover, we recently joined the Social Enterprise Network as an impactful startup. We are more than excited to see where this will lead us to in 2022.
Before we wrap this up, we want to let you know that during the holiday season we encourage you to use any food scraps that you have leftover to create very delicious dishes. We have prepared a specific recipe below, perfect for the holiday season:
CANDIED LEMON, ORANGE OR GRAPEFRUIT PEEL RECIPE
- Use your leftover skin of the chosen fruit (use one per batch) and cut it into uniform strips
- Cover peels with water in saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, then drain, cover with water again and repeat two times (total of three times)
- Simmer your peels for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside
- Combine 6 tablespoons of corn syrup (honey, maple syrup or agave syrup) with 1 ½ cup of water and sugar. Boil for two minutes and then add your peels and simmer for a while
- For candy-like crisp peel, watch closely until the syrup is on the point of hardening and has almost vanished. The consistency of the finished candy will depend partly on the point at which the cooking stopped, but also on how long the strips are left to dry.
- Arrange your candied peels in powder sugar and occasionally toss for them to cool down. Enjoy!