7 Creative Ways to Use Food Scraps

Make Homemade Vegetable Broth: Save vegetable scraps like onion skins, carrot peels, celery ends, and herb stems to make homemade vegetable broth.

Citrus Zest and Flavored Salts: Use citrus peels (such as lemon, lime, or orange) to make zest for adding flavor to dishes.

Regrow Vegetable Scraps: Some vegetable scraps can be regrown into new plants. For example, place the base of a celery stalk in water and watch it regrow new leaves.

Fruit Peel Crisps: Turn fruit peels, such as apple or pear skins, into crispy snacks. Bake them in the oven until they're dried and crispy, then sprinkle with cinnamon or sugar for a delicious and waste-free treat.

Herb Butter or Oil: Blend leftover herb stems (like parsley, cilantro, or basil) with butter or olive oil to infuse them with flavor. Use herb butter to spread on bread or melt over cooked vegetables, and use herb-infused oil for salads or drizzling over pasta.

Root-to-Stem Cooking: Embrace root-to-stem cooking by using the entire vegetable, including stems, leaves, and cores. For example, broccoli stems can be grated and used in slaws or stir-fries, and beet greens can be sautéed like spinach.

Homemade Croutons or Bread Crumbs: Save stale bread or bread crusts to make homemade croutons or bread crumbs. Toss bread cubes with olive oil and seasonings, then bake until crispy for salads or soups.

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