Thanksgiving is Over and that Means…. Leftovers!

November 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

One thing I really love about Thanksgiving is that everyone seems to go back to their roots a bit.  People make things from scratch that maybe they would normally buy pre-made, and people dig out the old recipes and cookbooks that have been in their family for generations and start to get to work.  They strap on the aprons and put on a fire.  All in the name of tradition. I have always loved Thanksgiving because it has everything I love, food, family, cooking, and a little football thrown in there for good measure. But in terms of living sustainably, it has something else I love….people coming together and wasting less.

It is common and even highly anticipated to eat Thanksgiving leftovers for weeks after Thanksgiving.  In the case of big families you send all your relatives home with leftovers, or in the case of smaller families you call your neighbors and friends to prevent Thanksgiving leftovers from being wasted.  Many people get creative with Thanksgiving leftovers and make fabulous creations such as gobbler, and moist maker sandwiches.  It is even common to make turkey soup out of the bones when all the meat is gone and savor that until Christmas and the New Year.

All of these actions probably come naturally to us this time of year.  It’s what we have always done.  But what we are really doing is wasting less.  We are trying to use every last bit of the Thanksgiving meal, and in that we are putting a lot less into the landfill.  So, think about the actions you take for Thanksgiving and try to relay that into everyday meals and everyday actions.  After-all, you already know you can do it, and isn’t that part of what makes the holidays so much fun?

For ideas for recreating your thanksgiving leftovers click here.

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