FoodCycler wishes you a delicious Thanksgiving weekend!
Thanksgiving, and similar holidays, are often responsible for huge amounts of food waste. Whether it's the unavoidable kitchen prep - peeling potatoes, chopping carrots - or the totally avoidable over-indulgence at the dinner table, waste is a big part of this holiday.
This article is a short n' sweet list of Thanksgiving tips to keep your waste levels low, and your nom-levels HIGH this season.
We understand the struggle: the whole point of Thanksgiving is to join together to feast the harvest bounty (I mean, that's what it is traditionally - now, most of us join together to share in a group turkey-coma and find ways to avoid awkward front-door-greeting hugs from your least-liked relatives.
But part of being thankful is appreciating the food we have, and honoring our good fortune by not throwing it away. For example, we're not exactly giving thanks for our bounty by hauling ten pounds of perfectly edible food to the curb the day after Thanksgiving dinner, now are we?
Just to give you some context:
FACT: Approximately 204 000 000 lbs of turkey (just turkey) is wasted every Thanksgiving.
This waste cost the United States' holiday-makers $293 000 000.
Aside from the massive amounts of resources wasted to raise, feed and dispense with these millions of uneaten birds (part of which amounts to sufficient water to have kept New Yorkers hydrated for over three months), the wasted meat ended up in landfills.
The emissions generated from this wasted food is equivalent to those of driving a car 800 000 times across the United States.
How can you help?
Glad you asked, fellow turkey-gobbler. Glad you asked.