Food plays a very important role in our lives. It’s a vital part of our everyday lives. However, today we live in a time where we are being more sensitive about waste or food scraps in general. What we eat and our eating habits have not been excluded when it comes to trying to save our planet.
The great news is that you can easily make changes in your kitchen habits to make an impact. Food scraps can be reused in practical and useful ways and not simply thrown into the bin. We share 7 great ways to reuse your food scraps and get more while wasting less.
Don’t Throw It Away!
Did you know that banana peels are actually edible? If you cannot see yourself eating them, there are many other uses for your peel before you discard it. Add the peel to your hot cocoa or hot chocolate mix in the winter for a delicious twist. Or polish your shoes to get a sparkly shine. Yes, you read that right. Wipe the outside of your shiny shoes with a banana peel before following with a damp cloth for extra shine. They are also great for cleaning the leafy bits of indoor plants.
Does your recipe call for the juice only? Don’t waste! First, peel the outer skin of lemons and oranges or crate the zest before juicing. Peels and zest can be frozen and used in other recipes later. Or you can add them to a small bowl of sugar to give you a delicious new flavoured sugar. Just remember to store this in the fridge to keep the peel fresh. Alternatively, add some peels in a jar with vinegar and let it stand for a week or so. Use this in your home-made natural green cleaning solution for a wonderful fragrance around the house.
If you and your family do not like the crusts or ends of the bread, don’t throw it away! Make delicious home-made croutons for soups and salads by toasting them in the oven. Or use a blender to break the bread down and freeze for a ready breadcrumb mix you can use later. If all else fails, put it out in the garden for the birds. No need to chuck it!
Coffee and coffee grinds
Coffee is one of the most versatile things in your kitchen. Save your coffee grinds and use them in your beauty regime to exfoliate your skin. Freshly brewed coffee is also great to wash your hair with. The caffeine helps to promote growth and slows down hair loss. Or leave it in your hair to give it a vibrant darker colour. Coffee grounds are also great for acid-loving plants, just add it to their soil to lower the ph. As an added bonus, they also attract more earthworms to your garden!
After cracking your eggs, wash them out and let them dry to use in your garden. Finely crush them to deter snails and slugs in your garden beds. The calcium in the eggshells is also great for the soil. Just be sure not to add them around plants that do not like alkaline soil. Using eggshells as a fertiliser in your garden will encourage strong cell walls in the plants. Another great use for eggshells is to use them as planters for seedlings. The eggshells can later be planted directly into the soil and will continue to feed the sprouts. As a final alternative, consider using finely crushed eggshells to unclog your drains!
Old and uneaten veggies
Whether your child didn’t eat his vegetables, or you’ve been peeling and chopping for a special dish, don’t throw anything away! Save all of your veggie scraps to make your own home-made broths and stocks. Some veggie waters are great to freeze and give to your dog on those hot summer days. Certain veggies, like spring onions and celery, can even be replanted to grow your own small crop.
There is no reason to throw that fatty layer that is left in the pan away. Apply gentle heat to the pan while adding extra oil, then decant into a clean glass vessel. Use this bacon oil on pasta, salads or veggies for a flavourful boost to your meal. Or give your soups a little punch of bacony goodness that everyone will love!