"We can do a lot better," said Dawn Undurraga, nutritionist and registered dietitian at the Environmental Working Group. "Especially when we have doomsday predictions about the future of food."
Undurraga noted that each American throws away 253 pounds of food each year. In other parts of the world, such as Asia and Africa, that figure is only 13 pounds per person annually. So how can we waste less and still have a Happy Thanksgiving?
"Buying smaller turkeys is a great start," Gunder said.
The National Turkey Federation has a couple of ideas on how to waste less:
-Buy one-half to 1 pound of whole turkey per person, a formula that includes an ample supply for leftovers.
-If there's only a few guests, perhaps cook a bone-in turkey breast or just turkey thighs and legs.
-If you want both white and dark meat, ask the butcher to cut the whole turkey in half, freezing the second half for another holiday meal.
-This storage chart defines the refrigeration time for leftover turkey (up to three to four days)