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How to Host an Energy Efficient Thanksgiving!

How to Host an Energy Efficient Thanksgiving!

From roasting turkeys to mashing potatoes to baking pies, a lot of time, effort, and energy goes into making Thanksgiving dinner.

Despite all the necessary prep required to create a delicious holiday feast for family and friends, you can still find easy ways to conserve energy this turkey day.

  1. Consider buying a smaller turkey for your guests this year. It will require less cooking time and energy.
  2. Free up your oven space by using smaller appliances (slow cooker, air fryer and Instant Pot) for side dishes.
  3. Use glass or ceramic dishes vs. metal in the oven to allow you to cook at a lower temperature - with the same results.
  4. Roast your turkey in an oven-safe bag to reduce cook time by five minutes per pound, while still savoring all the flavor. Here is a step-by-step how-to guide from the Food Network.
  5. Don’t preheat. When you’re roasting a turkey for several hours, you can skip this stage and save a little energy along the way.
  6. Add some no-bake items to your menu this year. Check out these 10 easy Thanksgiving recipes that don’t require an oven.
  7. Once the meal is complete, be sure to let your leftovers cool before placing them in the refrigerator.
  8. Use an ENERGY STAR® certified dishwasher vs. washing dishes by hand to conserve a significant amount of water (and energy) use.

Sources: Food Network, Well + Good

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