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Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter

Getting More Out of Your Fall Favorites: Apples & Pumpkins

Pumpkin SoupFall is a great time to come together with family and friends over food. In our efforts to enjoy the season's bounty and prepare food for our loved ones, sometime we can end up making too much or losing track of all the food we've bought, picked and prepared.

Prevent wasted food this fall by keeping the following in mind:

  • Try making pumpkin puree out of your extra pumpkins. It's a great way to use them before they go bad, and you can use it in anything from homemade pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pie to a delicious and creative ravioli filling. Pumpkin puree can also be frozen for later use.
  • Don't toss (or compost) those old or slightly mushy apples! They're great for baking and can be used in almost any of your favorite apple-based desserts. If you don't have as much of a sweet tooth as some, try making a homemade, low-sugar applesauce with your mealy apples.
  • Freezing is your friend. If you're doing a lot of entertaining this fall, remember that you can freeze many of your leftovers and enjoy them later. Casseroles, hummus, and herbs, among many other foods, all freeze well.

Do you have your own tips for preserving food? E-mail organicrecycling and they may be featured in an upcoming DECDelivers Solid Waste & Recycling Newsletter.

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