10 clever ways to reuse food scraps
Every household creates trash, whether you aren’t that preoccupied with your garbage or are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle. One thing we can all agree on is that less trash is better, for ourselves and the environment. But some trash is just hard to avoid. To put this trash to good use, I will share tips to reuse this trash in a lot of different ways in and around the house. Glass jars, plastic bottles, veggie scraps, old jeans; everything can be used again if you look at it in a different way. Today I will share 10 clever ways to reuse food scraps.
Did you know that you can actually regrow a lot of the vegetables that we use in the kitchen? It sounds amazing, but it is true! If you cut your veggies with care, you can regrow it by putting it in water or in soil. Within a matter of weeks you can use the vegetable again. A few examples of vegetables that can regrow itself are leek, fennel, lettuce, ginger, garlic, scallion and celery.
Although most people don’t even consider it and toss the scraps out, you can actually save the seeds of a lot of different fruits and vegetables and put them to good use. Some seeds are edible, like the seeds of a pumpkin, and other seeds can be planted in your own vegetable garden. Just make sure you collect, wash and dry them carefully. Who knows how rich your harvest will be after planting those seeds you got for free?
#3 Grow a Plant
The avocado pit deserved its own category. Did you know that you can turn this simple pit into a beautiful plant? All you need is patience. The avocadoplant has become immensely popular over the last few years, just search Instagram for it and you will be amazed of how big this plant can get. Although the chance that the plant will actually provide you with avocados is pretty slim, it does make a great addition to your urban jungle. By the way, you can actually grow a lot more plants from mere seeds. This way you can get yourself a lemontree, apple tree of date tree with just a little love and care.
#4 Vegetable Stock
To make a delicious soup, you really don’t need to prettiest parts of the ingredients. A big pan full of soup is the ideal way to put those scraps to good use and made a delicious broth. Just put a container in the fridge or freezer to store all your scraps from onions, celery, carrot or any other type of vegetable. When it is time to make the broth, you just add all these scraps and let it simmer.
#5 Just Eat It
We have become really spoiled when it comes to food. We tend to throw out anything that doesn’t look perfect and the amount of scraps that we throw away has become incomprehensible. It’s such a waste, especially since we can eat most of the scraps that we throw out. When you dry the peel of an apple it makes a great snack, the stem of a broccoli is really tasty and nutritious and the greenery of fennel or carrot can simply be added to the dish. Be inventive and just try to add the scraps to a dish next time.
All you need to make your own delicious extract is a little bottle of wodka and something that you want to extract the taste from. And it so happens that a lot of peels contain a lot of fragrance and taste. This is why you can use the peel of a lemon, lime or orange to make your own extract.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am a big fan of my freezer. I recently posted an article on ‘10 foods you can keep in your freezer‘ and that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you happen to have some leftovers after making dinner or cutting up the vegetables, don’t throw them out. Just put your freezer to good use and save it for a later time. The same goes for herbs and spices and so many other ingredients that we tend to buy too much of. Just put it in the freezer, with or without some added water or oil, and it will be waiting for you there.
#8 Juices and Smoothies
Do you have some remaining greenery, herbs or fruit that is looking a bit too ripe? Don’t throw it out; throw it in a blender! You can make the tastiest smoothies and juice with overripe and ugly fruits and you can save a ton of food waste by putting your blender to good use.
#9 Food Coloring
Those peels that you don’t use after cutting all the vegetables actually can come in really handy when getting your creative juice flowing. Those peels can actually be used as a natural dye! If you want to give a piece of paper or cloth a subtle new color or dye the eggs for Easter, these peels come in handy. You can use beet peels for a red color, onion peels for an orange color, red cabbage scraps for a blue color and orange and lemon peels for yellow colors. If you add some leaves and spices to the mix, you can create a whole spectrum of natural food coloring.
#10 Polish with a Banana Peel
You can use the peel of a banana to polish a lot of different things. The peel can be used to make the leaves of plants, your silverware or your shoes all shiny, but it can even be used for your skin. Because banana peels are so incredibly handy in and around the house, they deserved their own article: ‘10 clever ways to reuse banana peels‘.
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- 10 clever ways to reuse glass jars
- 10 clever ways to reuse socks
- 10 clever ways to reuse cardboard boxes
- 10 clever ways to reuse wool sweaters
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