Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Stuff the Turkey, Not the Trash

adirondack tukey

Regardless of how you’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving this year, you can still keep wasted food out of the picture by reaching for your favorite tips and tricks to avoid throwing out good ingredients and your holiday meal favorites! Check out some of our tips below.
Ways to waste less food this Thanksgiving:

  • Plan how much food you’ll need using Save the Food’s Guest-imator calculator.
  • Cook with imperfections. Think outside the box. You can use ingredients that may have passed their prime, such as bruised apples, for apple pie.
  • Rethink peeling vegetables. Some parts of produce items that aren’t traditionally used by many people – like carrot or potato peels – are perfectly edible and delicious!
  • Creative Leftovers. Enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers days after by creating new dishes like turkey soup or hot turkey sandwiches. Discover new recipes from Save the Food or Love Food Hate Waste.
  • Freeze leftovers
  • Compost your food scraps. Save the scraps from preparing your traditional holiday foods such as pumpkins, squashes, and other kitchen scraps to keep them out of the trash.

Be grateful, not wasteful this holiday season, and help us reduce wasted food in New York State.

Do you have a creative recipe for how you use your Thanksgiving leftovers? Share with us at organicrecycling@dec.ny.gov. We encourage pictures.

Can I Recycle That? – Thanksgiving Edition

With the traditional Thanksgiving meal comes pots and pans, a myriad of empty containers, and dishes crowding countertops. As the cleanup ensues, it is important to ”Know Before You Throw” and recognize what can go in your home recycling bin and what cannot.

Tips for Recycling on Thanksgiving:

  • Know before you throw. Start by checking your municipality’s recycling rules or those provided by your recycling hauler.
  • Glassware and ceramic dishes should not go into your home recycling bin. Drinking glasses, dinnerware, and baking dishes, whether whole or in pieces, should not be put in your home recycling bin. However, glass items like empty food jars are usually acceptable to put in your home recycling bin.
  • Recycle metal cans and plastic bottles. You might also have steel cans from cranberry sauce or jugs and bottles of juice and milk. Empty metal cans and empty plastic bottles and jugs can also typically go in your home recycling bin.
  • Leave the liquids behind. Show your thanks for recycling and recycling workers by making sure food scraps and liquids are not disposed of in your recycling bin.
  • And the soiled pie pans too. Soiled disposable foil bakeware and pans, such as those used for pies, casseroles, and breads, should not go in your recycling bin.

Almanack file photo of turkey

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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