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11 Thanksgiving Foods Worms Love

Red worms and other composting worms love Thanksgiving food and leftovers. But like you, they have their favorites. Nature's Little Recyclers has compiled their favorite 11 Thanksgiving foods, and we hope that you will remember to compost your scraps and leftovers this holiday season. 

  1. Ambrosia/Fruit Salads: Filled with sugar and fruit, the worms and their micro-organisms will break it down fairly quickly. The sugar within will boost micro-organism activity. 
  2. Oyster Shells/Egg Shells: A essential source of calcium that promotes egg laying and growing hatchlings. Dry them out and placing them into your worms bins.
  3. Green Bean Casseroles: The mixture of French onions, mushroom soup, and green beans is a very popular dish. If you do happen to have leftovers, place this in a thin layer across your bins.
  4. Yams and Sweet Potatoes: A favorite dish, one that is sweet and often baked with marshmallows and brown sugar.  The fiber in this dish makes it good worm food. However, be careful to cover it properly as the sugar can attract flies. 
  5. Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce: Whole cranberries will take a some time to break down, but cranberry sauce will be consumed quickly. It can be a bit acidic for the worms, so make sure it is mixed with other foods.
  6. Corn/Corn Casseroles/Creamed Corn: Corn is a favorite, and in all forms can be a great food; even the corn cobs can be fed to the worms! Corn cobs often become home to baby worms, as they take a while to break down.
  7. Biscuits/Bread:  Bread and biscuits will break down, taking a bit of time. The only difficulty is that it can be attractive to pot worms (small white worms), but don't be alarmed! They are harmless and even helpful, but they can be unexpected visitors to inexperienced composters.  
  8. Salads/Greens/Relish Tray: Probably the easiest of all foods to compost. Generally vegetables, bits of meat and cheese, crackers, pickles, and deviled eggs. All of these are easily composted and will turn to soil long before Christmas. 
  9. Stuffing: An American favorite, stuffing is made of mostly bread, so it does become good food for the worms. Like bread and biscuits, it can also attract pot worms, so don't be alarmed if you see any. 
  10. Mashed Potatoes: Worm power food! Mashed potatoes are easily consumed with all the micro-organisms working hard, and our worms are attracted to the richness of the mashed potatoes.
  11. Pumpkin/Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin is one of the best foods for worms. It is soft, rich in fiber and nutrients, and helps increase the useful micro-organisms within. The shell, guts, and the meat are all very good for worms, and you will see them grow big and fat after they've had some delicious pumpkin pie. 

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