Hey you! Don’t throw away those kitchen scraps! There’s more than one way to put them to good use, and the benefits are numerous. Repurposing your kitchen scraps helps you reduce your household waste, save money and even improve the flavor of your recipes.
Next time you’ve got a few veggie ends, or other scraps around, give one of these ideas a try (you’ll be glad you did):
If you’ve got veggie scraps leftover from another recipe, don’t throw them away. Keep them in a container in the fridge and use them later to make a flavorful homemade broth. If you’re not planning to make soup anytime soon, you can freeze the scraps to use later. Which veggies work best for this? Carrots, celery (even the leaves), onions, and corn on the cob.
And it’s not just veggie scraps that make great soup–if you’ve got a Parmesan rind kicking around, try adding it to the pot during the last few minutes of cooking. Your soup will get a major flavor boost! Just don’t forget to remove the rind before digging in. Try this recipe: Ginger Coconut Carrot Soup
If you’ve come to the end of a nice loaf of bread, or if it’s gone stale before you had a chance to use it, don’t fret! Stale bread performs quite well in a number of recipes. You can turn it into homemade breadcrumbs for your meatballs or croutons for salads. Just freeze your bread ends until you’re ready to use them. Here’s a simple recipe: Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs
Grow New Veggies
Did you know some kitchen scraps can be grown into new plants? What a revelation! Onions, potatoes, lettuce, ginger and garlic are just a few of nature’s gifts that keep on giving. In most cases, all you need is a pot with a little soil or a jar with water in it to get some sprouting action going. The Kitchn has an excellent guide that shows you exactly how to do this: The Top 17 Kitchen Scraps to Turn Into Plants
If you’re an avid gardener (or thinking of trying a new hobby), you can turn your kitchen scraps into gloriously rich soil for your garden. Veggie and fruit peels, eggshells, and coffee grinds are all excellent candidates for backyard composting. Just be sure to use a bin for your compost so you can protect your precious ‘black gold’ from being compromised by neighbourhood critters. Either build your own bin or buy one from your local home and garden store. Better Homes and Gardens has an excellent composting guide to get you started: How to Make Compost.
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