Too much food going to waste in your home? Here are some simple ways to use up even the smallest food scraps!
Waste Not Want Not
We’ve talked before about food waste here on LHL but we haven’t really gone into detail yet on how to do it. I think one of the best ways is just having ideas of what to do with certain scraps so they have a plan, and you don’t just toss them or you keep them around forever because you aren’t sure what to do with them.
Here are some ideas on what to do with certain foods instead of throwing them away. The old adage is waste not want not, so here are some ideas to follow that advice! If you have more, make sure you shout them out in the comments section!
Lettuce or Spinach – Bunny food (not iceberg), vegetable soup, homemade egg rolls stuffing.
Meat Scraps – Various soups, dog/cat treats, chili, stir fry.
Carrots – Soups, make vegetable stock.
Oranges, Grapefruits, Other Citrus Fruits – Boil in water on the stove as a natural air freshener. Dry to add to teas. Make candied oranges.
Potatoes – Soups. Drizzle oil and salt onclean skins and bake. Save the water.
Tomatoes – Freeze scraps in a bag until you have enough to add to dishes.
Onions – We save small pieces of these in a container in the fridge. Add to soups, pasta, or many other meals.
Watermelon – You can pickle the rinds or dry the seeds. (Like Pumpkin Seeds).
It’s true that when you follow the philosophy of waste not want not, you can further utilize your resources, and live a more frugal life!
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Do you follow the waste not want not lifestyle?