Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!
Just a little list from me to you… taken from Sara Snow’s monthly newsletter. Have a great holiday!
Five tips for keeping an eco-friendly kitchen this Thanksgiving
- Compost your waste. Composting is a way of turning kitchen scraps like apple peels, egg shells, and coffee grounds, into nutrient dense soil for your garden, landscaping, or a nearby park. It also means less overly-full plastic bags landing in the landfill.
- Set out reusable napkins. Forget the paper napkins this year and set out nice cloth napkins for your guests. They’ll feel special and you’ll feel good about the fact that you’re not wasting trees or filling up the dump. If you don’t have or can’t afford new napkins, try cutting up an old sheet. Napkins don’t have to be fancy.
- Run the furnace or the oven. We all know what it feels like to slave over a hot stove all day – hot! When your oven and stove are working for you, turn down the furnace. You’ll save energy and save yourself from sweating through your holiday cashmere.
- Let food taste like food! I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of pumpkin from cans, cranberry jelly from jars, vegetables masked by sugar, cream and flavorings, and turkeys that no longer resemble a turkey. Take a little extra time this year in the kitchen, forget the fancy recipes and work with real, fresh, healthy ingredients, so we can all enjoy food that tastes like food again!
- Plan ahead. While this might not waste electricity, it wastes plenty of your own energy. Plan your menus well in advance so you’re not scanning cookbooks at the last minute. Shop weeks ahead for non-perishables to avoid long hours in overly crowded grocery stores. You can even bake certain freezable foods in advance. Do all you can ahead of time so that you can enjoy the holidays without feeling overwhelmed.
- BONUS: Choose more local and organic foods. Foods travel on average 1500 miles to get from where they are produced to our kitchen tables. Buying local foods ensures less petroleum and freshness is wasted in transportation, and it almost always means better tasting and healthier food. Organic foods tend to be 25-30% higher in antioxidant and key nutrients. Plus it means you’re avoiding harmful pesticides and other chemical sprays.