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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash

Regardless of how you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you can still keep wasted food out of the picture by reaching for your favorite tips and tricks to avoid throwing out good ingredients and your holiday meal favorites! Check out some of our tips below.
Ways to waste less food this Thanksgiving:

  • Plan how much food you’ll need using Save the Food’s Guest-imator calculator.
  • Cook with imperfections. Think outside the box. You can use ingredients that may have passed their prime, such as bruised apples, for apple pie.
  • Rethink peeling vegetables. Some parts of produce items that aren’t traditionally used by many people – like carrot or potato peels - are perfectly edible and delicious!
  • Creative Leftovers. Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches. Discover new recipes from Save the Food or Love Food Hate Waste.
  • Freeze leftovers
  • Compost your food scraps. Save the scraps from preparing your traditional holiday foods such as pumpkins, squashes, and other kitchen scraps to keep them out of the trash.

Be grateful, not wasteful this holiday season, and help us reduce wasted food in New York State.

Do you have a creative recipe for how you use your Thanksgiving leftovers? Share with us at organicrecycling. We encourage pictures.

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