Tips for using up food scraps
(that you may not have thought of!)
I am always conscious of wasting food.
Not only is it tough on the budget, it’s tough on the environment. Making use of everything we have and avoiding throwing things away is a great habit to get into.
There are some pretty obvious tips on reducing food wastage like using your bones and veg scrapes for broth, freezing bread crusts for bread crumbs, composting and feeding dogs and chooks. However I have a few tips here that you may not have thought of.
♥ Leftover tea and coffee
If you make a pot of tea and coffee in the morning and it doesn’t all get consumed, you can make sure you use it in some other way! What I like to do initially is pour myself one cup and then put the rest in a thermos to keep hot and fresh until I am ready for another cup.
Any tea or coffee can also be refrigerated straight away (don’t leave it brewing as it will go nasty and bitter) for use in iced tea and coffee later on. Iced chai latte with milk is simply divine!
Cold tea bags are also fabulous for treating under eye puffiness.
♥ Leftover citrus
Never, ever, ever throw out your citrus peels/halves again. You can turn them into a gorgeous, fragrant and totally non-toxic cleaning spray. They are also fabulous for cleaning around the house – everything from freshening the dishwasher to cleaning chrome in the shower. Read this post for some inspiration. You can also use them to lighten the dark skin on your elbows, dry out the peel and use in cooking or add to some olive oil to make lemon flavoured oil for cooking.
♥ Smears in jars
You know those leftover bits clinging to the inside of the jar? Peanut butter, sauce, jam, honey, oil, kombucha juice?
Here is what you can do:
Turn them into a salad dressing, milkshake, marinade, bircher muesli…… shake and eat!
Got passata? Always add a touch of hot water and shake and then pour into your dish.
♥ Coffee grounds
There are so many things you can use leftover coffee grounds for! My favourite is to add some coconut oil and make a delicious body scrub. Cheap, easy and so effective. Now I am also wanting to make a coffee candle. Awesome!
♥ Egg shells
These are rich in calcium and other minerals and can make a fabulous garden fertiliser – simply crush and sprinkle. You can also use them to make homemade chalk. What a great project to do with the kids.
♥ Banana Peels
The inside of a banana peel makes an awesome shoe shine, teeth whitener or wart remover.
♥ Pawpaw skins
These make great exfoliators due to the enzyme, papain. Simply rub it all over your face, wait a while and rinse off! Avocado skins also are great for a nourishing face mask.
♥ Meat fat
Our grandparents never threw away meat fat! It was always carefully strained and re-used in cooking. Roast potatoes in meat fat is simply divine. Try it!
♥ Potato Skins
Puree up these babies and use them as a hair treatment. Leave in for 15 minutes and then wash out for strong, healthy hair.
♥ Vanilla Pods
I am lucky enough to have loads of vanilla pods from bulk buying. After using them in a recipe, I save them in a jar and re-use them by infusing in milk to make a drink or custard, adding to a pot of tea to make a vanilla flavoured tea, adding to a jar of rapadura sugar to make vanilla sugar. Yum.
♥ Apple Peels and Cores
These can be made into your own homemade apple cider vinegar. This is so much cheaper than buying ACV!
♥ Watermelon Rinds
You can make these into fermented pickles. Love it.
♥ Carrot Tops
My friend Mich makes an amazing pesto with the green carrot tops! How cool. Get the recipe here.
I would love to hear your tips on what you use food scraps for – inspire us!