Onion peels, garlic peels, carrot tops and peels, celery tops, potato peels, leftover herb scraps, fruit cores and peels. Although they might now be regular members of your compost bin, read on to find out how to use them in your kitchen.
1. Flavour Homemade Stock Or Broth
Peels and scraps of produce not only have a ton of flavour, but contain nutrients that shouldn’t be wasted. Instead of throwing them into the compost, keep a freezer bag full of these scraps and add to it until you have enough to make a homemade vegetable broth.
2. Infuse Oil With Herbs
Infuse your leftover bunches of thyme and rosemary sprigs in oil and place in a sealed jar. This can be used in dressings, as a dipping oil or as a drizzle for meat or pasta in the following days.
3. Flavour Your Water
Save your pineapple core or strawberry hull and place it in a pitcher of ice cold water to create an infusion. This is a refreshing sweet drink in the summertime.
4. Deodorize Your Fridge
Squeezed out all the juice from your lemon? Keep it in the fridge in a small bowl on the top shelf. It works wonders as a fridge deodorizer for a couple of weeks.
5. Fertilize Your Plants
Before you toss your banana peels, soak them in water for a few days and then use this water to hydrate your plants. The added potassium and phosphorus in the water make a great fertilizer that can help revive a sad-looking plant!
Did You Know?
Using up your scraps makes you a food-saving champion!