It is SINFUL in my eyes. It wastes MONEY. People are going HUNGRY all over. It wastes RESOURCES. It is just so wrong.
I know people who refuse to eat leftovers. My advice - go hungry then! I know that sounds cruel, but it is crazy. Remake it into something else.
Make soup, casseroles, wraps, pizza, quiche............etc.. You can mask it if you try. Breakfasts, lunches, suppers. Sandwiches or snacks.
I know so much food will be wasted after this Thanksgiving Day holiday. I actually have known people who through the turkey away the day after (regardless to how much meat is left). Aaaacckkkkk!!! Good grief - I boil the bones!
Give food to another family member or a neighbor. There are homeless people that would love a sandwich or a tray. Freeze it for later on. If nothing else - feed your livestock. (much of people food is not good for house pets). Just DON'T throw it away.
Not only does it waste food - when so many are hungry, but it is wasting money. If you are that eager to throw money away, go out to a parking lot and just throw cash about!!!!!! At least it would benefit someone.
It is also a huge waste of resources!!! People don't seem to think about this. It took farmers from all over giving of their time and work, animals and veggies being raised and fed, someone to harvest, someone to clean and package it, someone to transport, someone to stock shelves and someone to sell it. Soooooo many wasted resources when you simply throw it away.
That is disgusting and just plain wrong.
We should be thankful for those farmers and truck drivers and stores for providing us nourishment.
Throw your leftovers in the trash - in many big cities the trash trucks come and get it. They pack those trucks full - then off to the landfill/dump. Hundreds of trucks of trash a week are dumped. That compacts much of the trash down - where even wildlife (birds mainly) can't get to it.
All that packing causes gases to be made. Methane gas if made when food items are cut off from oxygen. Methane is horrible - that is what many call greenhouse gas.
If nothing else compost all you can at home - at least that is beneficial to your food system in the long run.
So before your waste - THINK and PLAN:
- Cook a little less
- Have a plan for leftovers - eat as is, re-invent, freeze, or share
- Use small plates - less likely for people to take food they won't eat (they can get seconds if needed)
- Shop from your shelves - instead of buying more
- Plan, plan, plan and be mindful
Just to give you an idea - I recently read that it is estimated that 200 million pounds of turkey alone is throw out after Thanksgiving in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DISGRACEFUL!!
This isn't just a Thanksgiving or Christmas problem - waste is an every day problem. Please be mindful of your food, your resources and your money.
Many blessings to you and yours my friends. Enjoy a safe, healthy and mindful holiday!