I’m Dreaming of a…Green Thanksgiving?

November 23, 2011 § 1 Comment

Deep Frying Turkey

Deep Frying a Turkey - NOT RECOMMENDED!

Want to make your Thanksgiving more sustainable? Check out these tips:

1. Turn your fryer oil into fuel. Deep frying some potatoes, a dessert, or your turkey? (Note: Turkey deep frying not recommended due to safety concerns.) Turn that leftover frying oil into biodiesel fuel, or send it off to someone who can and will. It’s happening all over the world – from Tucson to the United Arab Emirates – so join in the revolution as soon as you can! The town of Great Neck in Long Island, New York, is actually sponsoring a local pick up drive. Not sure how to have it picked up in your neck of the woods? Check this site out to find out.

2. Cook and serve in the same dish. Do this whenever possible. Sure, a casserole will usually stay in the same thing, but if at all possible, try to serve vegetables in the same containers you made them in, and if you’re using disposable tins, don’t worry about how they look, put them down on the table anyway. Doing this reduces the amount of dishes that need to be washed, which reduces how much water needs to be used to clean up at the end of the night.

3. Make your meal more eco-friendly. It’s turkey day – why make something with beef? Stick to poultry to reduce the amount of meat produced which will cut down on methane production. For those of you who are more adventurous, try making meatless or totally organic meals (suggestions can be found here). However, remember that sustainability should NOT require excessive sacrifice. Do what you are comfortable with, just do it well. An easy way to make your meal more eco-friendly? Save the leftovers (in the original dishes if possible) and compost whatever’s left.

4. Make your home efficient and sustainable. Making Thanksgiving at home? Turn down the heat – between the oven and all the people, your house will stay warmer on its own. Going away for the holidays? Make sure to leave your house sealed and sustainable. Check out this previous post for some tips – it’s about dorm life, but much can be applied to your own home. You can also check out this site, or this one.

5. Say thanks for the Earth. We live here. It’s still pretty nice. We should all give thanks tomorrow that it hasn’t yet been ruined, and that we have a chance to reverse the downward trend that it is on.

Hope these are helpful! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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