You may not realize it, but you’re throwing money away. Every time you toss out some food scraps, you’re missing out on an opportunity to stretch your dollars.
This is because common food scraps like coffee grounds or pickle juice can be used in a variety of ways.
Food scraps can help your plants grow, flavor up your dishes, or be the main ingredient in your next meal.
Here Are 15 Reasons To Never Throw Foods Scrap Away:
1) Recycle Your Tea Bags
There are actually lots of ways you can re-use tea bags. You can use them to make more tea by or as DIY deodorizers for your home and carpets, to keep your soil healthy, and they can even be used to make hand and foot scrubs. You can find lots of uses for them here.
2) Shine And Tenderize With Banana Peels
Hold onto your banana peels to shine your shoes and tenderize your meat. Rub the inside of your peel on your shoe and rub off any excess to shine them up. Put a ripe banana peel at the bottom of your roasting pans. This will make your meat nice and moist.
3) Old Wine
Did your opened wine bottle go stale? You can still cook with it. You can find recipes for leftover wine here.
4) Pickle Juice
Don’t toss all that pickle juice when all the pickles are gone. You can use it to pickle other items like canned green beans, onions, or cucumbers. You can also use the pickle juice in cocktails. You can find recipes here.
5) Tough Kale
When the edges of your kale start to toughen up you can still use it. Just dehydrate it and ground it into a health powder and use in smoothies and protein drinks. Learn how to do this here.
6) Mushy Brown Bananas
Don’t toss those brown bananas. Their texture and sweetness are great for baking recipes. Turn them into some banana bread or use them in other recipes you can find here.
7) Egg Shells
Don’t toss out your cracked eggshells when you’re making breakfast or baking. You can use them to unclog a drain, in your skin regimen, or in your garden. You can find lots of uses for eggshells here.
8) Fruit Pits
Use fruit pits to make more fruit. Avocado pits can be turned into more avocados, the same with peaches, plums and lemon seeds and pits. Get details on this here.
9) Overripe Pumpkins
Save the pumpkin guts when you are carving a jack-o-lantern and use it to make a puree. You can bake and eat the seeds too. Leftover pumpkin can be used in lots of recipes you can find here.
10) Beet Greens
If you’re cooking with beets, hold onto their stems. You can make a salad or cook them in with pasta. Another option is to steam and season them.
11) Coffee Grounds
There are lots of uses you can get out of your old coffee grounds. They can be used to give your soil a healthy boost and to stain or dye items. Learn how to reuse your coffee grounds here.
12) Orange Peels
Orange peels are another food scrap that can come in handy around the house. You can use it to make a cleaning spray and to keep brown sugar from hardening. You can find a bunch of ideas here.
13) Bread Ends
Most of us end up tossing out bread ends or giving them to the animals outside. Freeze them instead. They can be turned into croutons or breadcrumbs. You can find extra uses here.
14) Potato Chips
If you’re making mashed potatoes, you’re going to need to boil some skinless potatoes. You can use them for skin care or turn them into chips. You can find reasons to never throw out potato peels here.
15) Carrot Tops
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Most of us toss out the stems when we cook up carrots. They are used as an herb in recipes. Chop them finely and add to rice pilaf, pesto sauce, or salads for flavor.
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