Thanksgiving is soon! It can be hard to make a plastic-free meal, but here are some tips I’ve come up with to minimize plastic waste this Thanksgiving.
1. Use reusable shopping bags when you buy your ingredients. Use reusable produce bags too. You can buy these online (Etsy is a good source) or make them yourself.
2. Instead of buying pre-made pastry shells packaged in plastic for your pies, make your own pastry using plastic-free ingredients. Use parchment paper to chill it instead of plastic wrap. I have a recipe that calls for lard and a recipe that uses butter instead of lard.
3. Instead of cranberry sauce (unless you find a source of plastic-free cranberries), try this recipe for pear raisin chutney. It can easily be made plastic free and it tastes great.
6. Plastic-free pie recipes? I have them. Pumpkin pie (no canned milk or canned pumpkin), walnut tart (no corn syrup) and rhubarb pie. This pecan pie recipe can be made plastic-free pretty easily as well.
7. Make your own stuffing instead of using the instant stuff. Avoid using bread in plastic bags for the stuffing. Go for bread in paper bags or, better yet, make your own.
8. If you’re drinking on Thanksgiving, try to find wines without plastic corks. Corkwatch is a database you can search to find wines with natural corks.
9. Store Thanksgiving leftovers in glass containers. Check out this list of things to use instead of plastic wrap for storing your Thanksgiving leftovers.
I hope these tips help you out. Have a great Thanksgiving!