Ever hosted a gathering (of any type) where there aren't leftovers? Not me - even with careful planning. What happens to the extra food? Is it dismissed to the back of the fridge not to see daylight until it's too late? Did you know 40% of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten? We can be better stewards of our edible resources than that!
Recently Minnesota Public Radio hosted an engaging conversation on ways to reduce food waste during the holiday season with Eureka Recycling in the Twin Cities. I loved their idea of using glass jars to send leftovers home with guests. Heck, I like the idea of sending home leftovers, period! Being able to warm up some supper on a busy night doesn't just fill our stomachs, it fills our hearts with the memories of the gathering, AND saves us time! Win. Win. Win.
- Grab some mason jars and have then ready and waiting to send leftovers. You can rubber band plastic wrap or aluminum foil if you don't have other lids.
- Sort through your cabinet of plastic containers to make sure you are set with extras.
- Look in your cupboards for bowls you don't really use anymore. Send those leftoevers home with someone and don't worry about having to get those dishes returned.
- Invite your guests to bring an extra container or two for leftovers!
Enjoy the food - both eating and sharing. We are so lucky to have excess - there are many who don't.
What's your favorite way to use up party leftovers? Inquiring minds want to know.....