Tip of the Week
The holidays are stressful enough without worrying about food. To make things go a little more smoothly during family entertaining, try these tips from Recyclebank:
• Shop local and buy in bulk. Give yourself a pat on the back for helping out the environment and local businesses, as less fuel and packaging are needed for food brought from farms closer to home. Some of the best bulk holiday foods include nuts and grains.
• Celebrate imperfection. Even though that apple has a small blemish, it’ll still taste great in a homemade pie or other dish. Don’t trash rotten produce, either — reduce emissions by composting. You can try vermicomposting (composting indoors with worms) during the winter in smaller spaces or set up a bin in your yard to help nourish your garden.
• Get those buns in the oven. Already roasting a turkey or baking a ham? Choose side dishes that can go in the oven alongside your main dish at the same temperature. If you time it appropriately, the dishes will be ready at the same time and you won’t have to worry about anything getting cold.
• Start a leftovers tradition. Guests can bring over their own reusable container and fill it with leftovers to take home. If your party is too small or you make too much food, you can always donate it to a local food shelter or rescue program to help someone in need.
• Keep it separate. During your holiday meals, serve individual drinks from recyclable aluminum cans and wine from a box. Or, use glasses you have on hand and try to avoid Styrofoam. Have guests help you separate compostable materials and recyclables as you’re cooking and cleaning up.
— Amber Krosel, More Content Now