Waste Less this Thanksgiving

Friday, November 22, 2019
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Thanksgiving dinner is shared once a year. There is always so much food to go around, but what is the best way to deal with all of the leftovers? These are a few options you have when sifting through this year’s extra food.

1. Compost Your Scraps

Composting is the most obvious way to eliminate food waste, however not everyone has access or the means to this form of recycling. If you are able to get started with composting, take any food scraps that you do not have a use for and place them in your composter.

2. Leftover Turkey Sandwich

The leftover turkey sandwich is a classic way to reuse leftovers. The turkey is the most common thing to use on your leftover sandwich, but there are other foods from Thanksgiving dinner that can be used as well. Stuffing and cranberry sauce are other great candidates for ingredients.

3. Leftover Soup

Making soup with the leftovers is another good option. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, and cranberry sauce can be used along with a few additional ingredients to form a yummy leftover soup.

4. Freeze Leftovers

Leftovers can also be frozen and eaten at a later date. If there is a large quantity of leftovers, some can be kept in the refrigerator for use in the days following Thanksgiving. The rest of the leftovers can be saved longer in the freezer.

5. Donate to a Shelter

Donating food is a good way to eliminate Thanksgiving food waste. Find a local shelter to take your leftovers to this year.

6. Meal Planning

Give it your best effort to make the correct amount of food. Take steps to find out how many mouths you have to feed and what dishes your guests are planning on eating. Knowing these things will help you plan your meal accordingly.