For the third instalment in our green Christmas series, we are going to take a look at a few ways in which you can make sure your holiday cooking has as little environmental impact as possible.
The greenest improvement you can make, as far as holiday cooking goes, is to be very careful in the products you choose to use for your feasting this year. Look for products that are organic in nature, from the meats you buy to vegetables. A product that is local is also better than a foreign ingredient. Does a product come with excess packaging? Reject it in favour of a product that has the bare minimum. Also, if you are not lucky enough to own a piece of Mississauga real estate or elsewhere with environmentally-friendly appliances, that may be a thought for your next home improvement.
If you are in the habit of cooking for and throwing big parties over the holiday season, why not consider using catering? Toronto, Ontario and other cities have several green-conscious catering companies, which takes some of the burden off of your shoulders when it comes to making green-conscious cooking choices. Using a professional caterer will also mean that you don't have to worry about dishes, either for clean up or their impact on the environment. In order to increase the bottom line, many catering companies know exactly how to make sure their dishes have a long and healthy shelf life and that means staying green. If you're someone who thinks of hiring a nanny agency in London or elsewhere to take care of the kids at the party, why not give yourself a break and get someone to take care of the food as well?
Another area in which a good caterer can help you out is in preparing you for the holidays through a cooking lesson. Toronto caterers often have this type of class and it can be tailored to your own needs. Check out the caterer nearest you to see if they specialize in green cooking and if they feel they have some tips you could use.
Good product choices, conscientious dish usage, and minimal energy consumption are the three major steps in ensuring that your Christmas cooking is as environmentally friendly as possible. Being aware of your choices is the best way to contribute to the health of your planet this season. If you go out of your way to invest in cloth diaper covers and look for women's online clothing stores that are socially conscious, maybe it's time to think about a green Christmas.