Reduce Food Waste on Thanksgiving

Kim Conte
Healthy Living


pumpkin pieI thought this holiday tidbit was fascinating: Thanksgiving is one of the few days a year when Americants instinctively take steps to prevent food waste. (For instance, in my house at least, it's the one time in which all the leftovers are devoured within days after the meal.) On every other day of the year, however, Americans waste enough food to fill Madison Square Garden.

So, how can we consciously cut down on food waste on Thanksgiving?

  • Plan the menu before shopping, taking note of which ingredients you already have in the pantry or the refrigerator so that you don't over-buy.
  • Make a detailed grocery list and don't stray from it. Resist impulse buys.
  • Serve reasonable portions.
  • Save and eat leftovers.
  • Compost.

Many of us already follow these tips on Thanksgiving. The trick is to adopt these habits throughout the rest of the year.

How does your family cut down on food waste—on Thanksgiving and on a normal day?


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