A Composting List For Your Holiday Leftovers

77287995 2d5d768c72 o 300x225 A Composting List For Your Holiday LeftoversThe Holidays can be hectic, and once the fever pitch of Christmas activity cools down you may find yourself unable to eat all the leftover odds and ends from your holiday dinner parties!  The moment you begin to stare dubiously at your aging leftovers is usually when composting starts looking like a good idea! This year don’t despair when your turkey soup starts showing its age, or you aunt’s untouched stuffing dish starts sprouting hairs, and use them to compost your way to a better backyard this spring and summer!


Before you brush your leftovers and spoiled food down the garbage disposal or into the trash can, sort out the useful garbage from the true trash. Make sure to leave the dairy products like the macaroni and cheese and the meat products out of the compost pile, as they can attracts pests to your yard, and actually slow down the composting process.  Grains, fruits and veggies are all great additions to you garden “home brew,” and below is a great list of compost friendly leftovers that you can add to your compost pile this holiday season.

  • Sweet Potato Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Salads
  • Sauerkraut
  • Beets
  • Rolls
  • Toast
  • Muffins
  • Veggies (even spooned from soups or pot roasts)
  • Candied Apples
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cooking Broth

Top off your compost pile with any of these dinner staples and “green” up your post-holiday routine!


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