Turkey Week Project

It’s that time of year again–when I start thinking about the glorious Thanksgiving…leftovers! If you’re like me, you might be craving that day-after sandwich as much as the day-of dinner.

Yet, with all of our abundance, though, comes the threat of waste. That’s why I’m hoping you guys will submit some advice here and on the Wasted Food Facebook page about how you plan to avoid waste at Thanksgiving.

I want to leave it wide open to allow for creativity in content and medium. But bonus points for anyone who uploads a photo or video (on Facebook) illustrating strategy or tips.

Whether it’s through words, images or both, let’s get a good dialogue going!

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Also–Finally, some clear insight on the Food Safety Bill! I still can’t believe how hard it is to find news on this piece of legislation.

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  1. Rachel
    Posted November 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    1) When sending home leftovers (if there are any)with family members we package it in reusable tupperware containers.

    2) We make notes on each year’s dinner including the number of people present and how much was served. We then use those notes for the next year and figure out exactly how much food we will need based on how many are coming so that we do not have too much waste but just enough leftovers to enjoy the next day.

  2. Posted November 23, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    This was going to be my next blog post. Everytime I buy celery, I am in great danger of letting some of it spoil. The most beautiful head of celery is awaiting my thrifty ways. Since there is only me, it is hard to use the whole head and not let some of it go to waste.

    Of course, it does make good chicken food—NOT my intentions.

    I will chop half the celery for making dressing for Thanksgiving AND Christmas. Since I don’t make much dressing but want it chock full of celery, the one stalk will do for two dressing pans. The rest will be cut into 4″ or so pieces to be used while cooking the turkey breast I will have both holidays.I just throw a piece of frozen celery stalk into the cooking bag. (I know they are plastic and wasteful.)

    Onion is not so hard to use up, but that is what I am doing today–chopping onion and celery and freezing it.

    Since I only eat the breast of chicken or turkey, I will buy a turkey breast. That saves money.

    The hens may not get the leaves, and I don’t use them. Celery leaves have the most concentration of pesticides. My hens don’t need the leaves since I eat the eggs. Celery leaves go into the compost until I find organic celery.

  3. Leslie Tomlinson
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Years ago, my family composted everything that could be composted, so we were pre-trend! But turkeys had their own special fate. My mother was not into making soup, so the turkey carcass went back to the birds. After she removed all that could be taken off for turkey à la king, etc., the bones were tied together and hung from a tree near the bird feeders. Lots of birds would spend the winter pecking at whatever they could remove, and in the spring the bare bones were finally tossed in the garbage.

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