Preventing food waste while clearing out holiday leftovers

The holiday season may leave you with more food than you know what to do with, but don’t despair. Lauren and Dylan are here to help you prevent food waste while making all those leftovers disappear.

Need more incentive to make food waste prevention not just a holiday tradition, but also a year-round habit? On average, Oregonians lose about $1,600 per year due to food waste. So, reducing the amount of food that you waste could save you some serious money.

Elaine Blatt, DEQ senior policy and program analyst, and Katie Romano, DEQ communication and outreach specialist, join GreenState to share expert advice about food waste prevention during the holidays. Blatt and Romano are both part of the material management program. Blatt has been leading the department’s work on food and food waste prevention for seven years and Romano just recently joined the department.

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  • Introduction
  • Holidays and more food than we know what to do with [2:25]
  • Endless recipes online (Hint, try searching for “leftover stuffing waffle” for an interesting recipe idea) [3:35]
  • Making broth and adding spice [5:20]
  • Freeze right away — wrap up, label and date [7:35]
  • Send leftovers home with guests [8:45]
  • Reducing food waste is easy [11:00]
  • DEQ’s Bad Apple Campaign [12:30]
  • Research shows one pound of food waste per person at Thanksgiving alone [14:45]
  • How food waste contributes to green house gas [16:45]
  • Food waste prevention week coming up in April [19:00]
  • Wrap-up [24:00]

Published by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

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