- Prepare only the amount of food you'll need.
- Have your guests bring a along some containers so they can take leftovers home.
- Have a leftover meal with friends over the weekend.
- Make soups and freeze it for later in the winter.
- Make soup stock from the turkey carcass and freeze.
- There are some 7000 homeless living in DC and DC Central Kitchen, Martha's Table, Capital Area Foodbank, and Food & Friends are just some of the DC organizations providing meals for homeless everyday. While they won't accept half a pie or turkey, they will accept unopened packages or cans.
- Leftover Swap is an app that allows you to post and seek leftover food though it seems to have a limited number of users at this point.
- Post leftover offers on a local listserv or email among friends.
- As a (next to) last resort, compost what you can. Check out CompostCab and FatWorm Compost for pickup services if you don't have a compost..or can't find a neighbor who does.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Ugly Side of Thanksgiving: how to minimize food waste
Turkey Day 2014 is almost here, and it's a great day to spend with friends and family. There will also be a lot of leftovers. Food waste is becoming a bigger issue these days as we learn that some 40% of edible good food ends up in landfills. How can you minimize food waste? EndFoodWasteNow has some great ideas. Here are a few more: