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 past the point of eating? 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 stomach, it fills our heart with the memories of the gathering, AND saves us time! Win. Win. Win.
There are other ways to use up leftovers. Like the Halloween Candy blog post, there are tons of recipes available that are ingredient specific depending on what you have a surplus of. Reduce, Reuse and Repurpose! Share a plate with your neighbors. Give some hungry teenagers free rein on the fridge contents - see what they come up with (even if you wouldn't eat their creation!). Take the food to work and share with your co-workers. Have people working (cleaning, remodeling, painting, etc) in your home? Offer up some leftovers - trust me, they'll appreciate it.
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.....
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