We keep hearing about the carbon footprint that we are leaving on this planet. So, the movement towards eco-friendly practices has begun. Are you wondering what you can do to help? It can be as simple as changing how you store leftovers. This Thanksgiving, try using these green alternatives to storing all of that extra food.
Option 1: Glass containers.
You can recycle empty pickle jars – don’t forget to wash them – to be used for storage of smaller leftovers, like cranberry sauce. If you have glass mixing bowls, you can store bigger quantities of foods in these. Put a plate over the top to cover, or use the next option on the list: aluminum foil.
Option 2: Aluminum foil.
Contrary to popular belief, aluminum foil is recyclable. You can use it to cover your turkey day leftovers without moving them from their serving plates. Or, you could use it to wrap up remaining rolls and pie slices.
Option 3: Empty food containers.
This option includes using empty margarine tubs and empty deli meat containers to store food. Yes, these containers are plastic, but they are reusable and recyclable, which implies that you can use them time and time again. Until all food manufacturers get on board with using green containers, you can do your part by reusing the containers that certain foods come in.
Option 4: Crock Pot.
Do you have one of these? Most people do, and they probably have a big one. There is usually a removable dish that sits inside the crock pot. You can consolidate a lot of leftovers in this dish. Throw your turkey and stuffing together and any other foods that you don’t mind mingling together. It may take up much of your shelf space in the fridge, but it will minimize the number of containers that you have to store.
Option 5: Dutch Oven or Sauce Pot.
Personally, I don’t have a dutch oven. However, I do have a large sauce pot that does not have a handle (less cumbersome to fit in the fridge). It has a glass cover that fits securely. Either of these cookware items can be used to store leftovers. Like the crock pot, they may take up a lot of space, but you can fit a lot in these pots. And, the best part is, they go back in your cabinet when the big holiday is over.
It’s easy to go straight for the Tupperware when it’s time to store your leftovers. But, you can set a good example with your family and friends on Thanksgiving. Show everyone what a green person you’ve become!