We have all heard to term - waste not - want not. So very true. If you raise your own food or buy groceries, why would you want to waste any of the efforts? Use every bit you can in some new and different way! There are a lot of uses that most people would never think of.
CARROT TOPS AND GREENS
Did you know that carrot tops, or those of beets, radish, turnips, etc. are all edible? Yes they are. They have a lot of vitamins and nutrients as well. I have cooked radish and turnip greens many times and they are tasty. Each has a different flavor.
You can also use these greens to make pesto!!! It doesn't have to be just basil!!!!! You would need about 2 cups chopped, to blend with your oil mixture and seasonings.
Most people think they are tough and just trash them. I peel them, cook as normal, and they are my favorite bite!!!! They are so yummy.
You can also slice very thinly, drizzle with oil and seasoning and bake at 400* for about 30-40 minutes for a veggie chip!
Lightly zest what you can and freeze for future use. Also use the peels to make a zero waste all-natural all-purpose cleaner. I have listed the method before. It works nicely, smells good, and it also helps keep ants at bay!!!!
Many people use them to shine and clean the leaves on their house plants (and shoes). Rub them over a bug bite to stop the itch. They can be eaten as well!!!!!! Chop and add to smoothies. Bake with sugar or honey. Caramelize with sugar and water - tasty on ice cream.
The peels are full of essential nutrients and vitamins!!!!!
Use the cores to make apple cider vinegar. 2 C sugar, 2 C water and many apple cores. Let it ferment for a few weeks.
Use leftover peel to make apple scrap jelly. Very tasty. Also, can bake with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon - what a tasty treat.
You can make jelly with peels from peaches or any cling fruit.
You can also dehydrate peels and scraps and make fruit powders - so good to add to smoothies, Jell-O or pudding or on top of ice cream.
Bake them!!!!!! Top with cheese or any other goodies and bake until skin is crispy. These used to be purchased at many restaurants and were a costly appetizer. Lots of vitamins in the skins.
Pickle them! It seems to be a midwestern thing - but they sure are tasty. Mom used to make pickles and can them.
Onion skins, scrapings, butt ends, stems, etc. - keep in a container or baggy until you have enough (in freezer) to make veggie stock. You can also add this to meat bones and scraps for an extra tasty meat stock.
Oh my - many uses. Breadcrumbs, croutons, dressing bread. Use to make bread pudding or French toast. Many, many uses.
Yes, it is good for the garden - but it is also great for a facial scrub!!!! 1/4 C grounds (used), 1/4 C brown sugar and 1/4 C coconut oil. Mix together in a small container and use to scrub your face - your face feels so fresh and clean afterwards. Rinse with cool water.
OLD BAKING SODA
It may be outdated and not working in baking - but it doesn't mean it is done.
Sprinkle on rugs and carpets - let it set a while and then vacuum. Removes a lot of stale smells. Use the open box in the refrigerator or freezer to collect smells. Use in the bathroom as a dusting powder for underarms as a deodorant. Use with peroxide and use as a tooth whitener. (My dentist recommends this once a week). Use as a cleaner in the kitchen and bath. Use on a damp rag and scrub the oily stove and counters.
Leftover and stale SODA POP - use as flavoring liquid when baking. Also use to make Jell-O - it adds a lot of fun flavor. You can also freeze into cubes to use in flavoring drinks and it doesn't water them down.
MILK that is starting to get just a tad off - make biscuits or waffles or pancakes. Mom always made biscuits with soured milk. You can freeze into cubes and use in smoothies.
STALE CHIPS, CRACKERS, or NUTS
Place in the oven for a while to freshen up! They will crisp up and still be tasty. Now you want to make sure nuts are just stale and not rancid. I even crips up chips and crackers in the microwave - just start with about 30 seconds and see what happens.
GROW food from scraps. I have started celery and Romaine lettuce from the intact butt ends. I start in water until I get roots - then I plant in pot. It isn't the big plant I bought - but it is something I can use! Also, people do this with green onions - they use the green part and plant the white bulb. I have always eaten the entire thing! Maybe that is a Midwest thing as well. We never wasted any part.
I have chives I can cut for greens and I also use wild onions from the yard in the spring.
Use up those leftover bones, skin, fat scraps from any kind of meat. Add water and cook until you get a nice deep colored stock. So good and good for you. It tastes nothing like the stuff you buy.
TOUGH SCRAPS - ENDS
I take the tough ends of asparagus and dehydrate them. Then I run it through the coffee grinder for asparagus powder. Adds a lot of flavor to cream of asparagus soup! I do the same with large and too tough okra pods. I dehydrate them and turn into powder. It is a natural thickener for soups and stews and adds vitamins as well.
OK - the list goes on and on!!!!!! Sure, most of these things can be added to compost or can feed the chickens - but I like using them for human consumption too!
Things cost a lot today and it is necessary to use up all we can.
I find it a challenge to come up with ideas to re-make things.
You have any different and new ideas?
I look forward to learning something new!!!!!!!
STRETCH THOSE FOOD SCRAPS!