You gave thanks for good food this weekend. Now, don't waste it! Here's a recipe to avoid becoming a food-waste statistic.
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I bet that somewhere between turkey (or tofurkey) and pumpkin pie, you gave thanks for good food this weekend.
Great, now don't waste it!
Obviously, scraping heaps of food into the garbage post-celebration is no way to show gratitude for the harvest, but that's exactly what thousands of Canadians will do later this week.
I say we're better than that.
The stats, unfortunately, tell a different story! According to recent reports, household food waste totals $13 billion dollars annually!
You want to talk about barriers to solving hunger and poverty, what about the feasibility of sustainable farming practices and about being able to afford an organic diet — let's talk food waste!
A brilliant anthropoligist recently told me that history means the present is unquestionably temporary — that our current conditions can and must change. The question that remains, then, is how and when.
If you've been a food-waste statistic every year until now, this is your opportunity to change!
So let's talk how:
- Meal plan — Make a plan to avoid leftover fatigue. Find recipe inspiration everywhere online, including on my Pinterest board!
- Soup it — Veggies make delicious stew, mashed potatoes thicken any stock beautifully and, of course, there's the classic turkey soup.
- Freeze it — Everything from the turkey carcass to roasted squash freezes well for future use. It takes only takes a moment.
- Donate it — If you're really swimming in leftovers (or just really benevolent), a tray of turkey sandwiches is sure to be appreciated by your community's homeless or your workplace's hungriest!
- Use it all — Bring your toughest leftover hurdles to our Facebook community.
Here are two suggestions to get you started:
- Turkey stock: Make stock from turkey bones. It's as easy as simmering bones in water with an onion and celery for a few hours. Freeze the stock in glass jars once it's completely cooled. But make sure to leave room for it to expand or the jars will crack.
- Roast the pumpkin: Time to roast and eat the table decorations! Our family favourites include pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones. What are yours?
Comment with your favourite leftover recipes for a chance to win Eleanor Boyle's High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat!
Tovah Paglaro, a fellow Queen of Green