Holiday Food Waste Hacks

December 22, 2020

A Holiday Gift to the Planet

In 2019, the Warner Park Nature Center began an initiative to eliminate food waste on campus.  We made refreshing drinks with basil stems, delicious pesto with carrot tops - and best of all - a cooking demonstration from Chef Mic True. In 2021, we are ready to renew our commitment to ending food waste on our campus, and hope to inspire our beloved community to do the same!

Jumpstart the Process

No need to wait until 2021 to make the effort; here are a few holiday hacks to help reduce food waste:

1. Plan your menus by checking items on hand; incorporate items already in your pantry! If you have extra butternut squash, use that rather than sweet potatoes. 

2. Use a food calculator to estimate quantity per dish/item. Not sure how many potatoes to mash for 6 people? Click here to find out! 

3. Use the whole vegetable. Put carrot tops in your salad (or green goddess dressings), make broth with skins onion skins, celery stalks, and carrot clippings... and don’t forget to compost.

4. Glass jars are excellent food storage containers, and you can send them home with your guest(s)! 


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Holiday Food Waste Hacks

December 22, 2020

A Holiday Gift to the Planet

In 2019, the Warner Park Nature Center began an initiative to eliminate food waste on campus.  We made refreshing drinks with basil stems, delicious pesto with carrot tops - and best of all - a cooking demonstration from Chef Mic True. In 2021, we are ready to renew our commitment to ending food waste on our campus, and hope to inspire our beloved community to do the same!

Jumpstart the Process

No need to wait until 2021 to make the effort; here are a few holiday hacks to help reduce food waste:

1. Plan your menus by checking items on hand; incorporate items already in your pantry! If you have extra butternut squash, use that rather than sweet potatoes. 

2. Use a food calculator to estimate quantity per dish/item. Not sure how many potatoes to mash for 6 people? Click here to find out! 

3. Use the whole vegetable. Put carrot tops in your salad (or green goddess dressings), make broth with skins onion skins, celery stalks, and carrot clippings... and don’t forget to compost.

4. Glass jars are excellent food storage containers, and you can send them home with your guest(s)! 


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