29 November 2013

Throw out your Leftovers Day ~ no Way!!!

I have noticed a lot of hash tagged national days on Twitter recently, some British, some international and a lot American, some of which are very strange.  Recently they have had …

National Eat a Cranberry Day
National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day

… and last month was ...

Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham Month

Funny chaps, the Americans.

The national day that interests me at the moment, however, is today …

Throw out your Leftovers Day

… which is surely a bit foolish to say the least.  

I believe 29th November was designated Throw out your Leftovers Day as a safety measure to remind people not to let their Thanksgiving leftovers malinger too long.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US but as the date is flexible (it’s the 4th Thursday in November) Throw out your Leftovers Day this year falls on the very next day.  All this is academic, of course, there’s really no excuse for throwing away good food.

It does seem a bit daft to give thanks for what you've got and then throw some of it away! How about making the day after Thanksgiving “Plan what to Make Next” day or similar?  
So let me re-iterate …

1.  If you buy two for one and can’t eat both – give one away!
2.  Learn how to store things properly – see here for some help in this. 
3.  Understand the difference between “best before” and “use by” – read my little rant here for more about this. 
4.  Learn to cook, at least the basics. It’s not difficult, honestly, and can bring you so much yummy pleasure for the rest of your life!  
5.  Plan the week's meals ahead, make a shopping list and stick to it. (I do none of these things but do as I say, not as I do).
6.  Don’t overload plates – these leftovers are the hardest to use up (although within the family the technique known as “munging” can be effective). 
7.  Read my book "The Leftovers Handbook". This is a plug but it’s also a good idea as it will be a real help if you  have leftovers and no idea what to do with them, if you are in the UK click here and if you are in America, celebrating, Throw out your Leftovers Day pull yourself together and click here.

Obviously the above suggestions are for Life, not just Thanksgiving.

I am, of course, very much looking forward to 30th December – National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, exciting or what!

This picture is from here - a
very interesting site

Incidentally I read recently that in the UK we throw out 24m slices of bread every single DAY. Apparently this would stretch up and down Snowdon 110 times which would, of course, be pointless!     


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1 comment:

Sue said...

Why do they say these inane things, the thrown away bread would stretch up and down Snowdon, is it supposed to make us picture it better. I for one cannot picture anything stretching up and down or even round and round Snowdon for the that matter.

And I for one would NEVER ever throw any bread away, so Snowdon can have none of mine ;-)