Success for first ever "Leftover Junksgiving"

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We've all been there, sifting through Thanksgiving leftovers, trying to decide what you’re going to eat and figuring out how long it will take before you’re sick of eating that same batch of mashed potatoes.

But one local organization called Ugly Food of the North is setting out to put a stop to our organic waste.

"When food is wasted it really strains our energy supply in the country and we just want people to think more and be more resourceful with their food," said Megan Myrdal, co-founder of Ugly Food of the North.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says 40 percent of food in the United States is never eaten, that’s equivalent to $165 billion a year in waste. According to the USDA, that amount increases by at least 33 percent between Thanksgiving and the New Year’s holiday.

F-M Ugly Food teamed up Sunday with Junkyard Brewing Company to host the first ever "Leftover Junksgiving."

"This event just kind of brings awareness to that issue of how much we eat and how much we have leftover," said Jeff Knight, a member of Ugly Food of the North.

According to Myrdal, Junksgiving encourages people to take their thanksgiving leftovers and repurpose or share them with others before they spoil, and "get over the leftover stigma and rethink leftovers."

"I had squash casserole leftover so I made a squash pie and then I also made, I'm calling them squash pockets, it's basically like taking a pastry and putting the squash casserole inside and making a little squash pocket," said Myrdal.

The concept of recycling is nothing new to the owners of Junkyard, who were more than happy to host.

"We try not to waste whenever possible here at the brewery,” said co-owner Aaron Juhnke, “I think we'd do this again and then we'd hopefully try to find many other opportunities to do things like this," he added.

So what was the star entree of Junksgiving?

"There were some turkey egg rolls with some cranberry sweet and sour sauce that was amazing and very inventive I think it really embraced the theme of leftovers," said Warren Christensen, one of the many attendees of Junksgiving.