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By: Admin    April 11 2017 , 10:56 am
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Not everyone knows the surprising abilities of certain food scraps that are commonly thrown away. Next time you tuck into one of your favorite foods, instead of trashing the remains, consult this handy list for how you can reuse and transform it into something totally different.

Stone Fruit Pits

The huge pits that you typically throw away while prepping game day guacamole or summer peach pie are actually filled with interesting uses that you would never suspect.

Avocado pits can be used to make rejuvenating facial scrubs. The pit is first dried out, then ground up and mixed with  natural oils or an organic facial cleanser. The pits are rich in minerals such as calcium and potassium, and many beauty bloggers swear by its ability to give your face a healthy and youthful glow. YouTube makeup artist Dulce Candy has a DIY video tutorial for the pit cleanser.

You can dry pits from peaches, nectarines, and plums to make your own potpourri. The dried pits add fruity fragrances to a mix of dried flowers, fruit peels, or spices. A great example is this “Peach Harvest Potpourri” from Chickens in the Road, but there are all sorts of different recipes you can consult to craft your own unique potpourri.

Dried cherry pits can be used as the perfect filler for a homemade heating pad, like this DIY one from Joybilee Farm. These pads are simply made from fabric, filled with the pits, and then microwaved. The pits inside retain heat for a natural, comforting way to soothe back aches and muscle cramps. It is a great way to treat yourself, or makes an ideal gift for a friend.

Coffee Grounds

The grounds from your morning cup of joe can have a wonderful effect on your garden by creating great compost. Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, which help heat up the compost pile, working the ingredients to develop rich nutrients for your plants. If you use paper filters in your coffeemaker, you can actually toss the filter and the grounds right into the pile to naturally decompose. Or, if you are not an avid composter, you can spread used coffee grounds right on particular plants such as Azelieas or Rhododendrons – these plants thrive from the acid in coffee grounds.

Maybe gardening is not your thing: coffee grounds also work well in homemade facials as an exfoliator for your pores. This homemade coffee face scrub from MissWish uses grounds, Epsom salt, brown sugar, and coconut oil. Some beauty experts even recommend coffee to combat cellulite, as the grounds are great for softening and hydrating overworked skin – PopSugar has a DIY coffee bean body scrub guide for that purpose. FitMud points out that the caffeine content in coffee grounds also “helps tighten the skin,” “minimize[s] the appearance of puffy eyes,” and “help[s] treat non-hereditary dark circles under the eyes.” Who knew!

Vegetable Scraps

Most recipes involve cleaning and cutting up veggies, peeling skins off or chopping off their tops. But do not throw those scraps away, because they are the perfect ingredients for delicious, homemade vegetable broth. You can keep a gallon bag in your freezer and keep topping it off with new scraps whenever you get them. When you have the time to make the broth, you can dump the entire bag’s contents into a pot, cover the scraps with water, and simmer them. It takes only a few moments of prep, and the results save you money and provide a great addition to gravies, soups, or casseroles. Here is a helpful video tutorial from Buzzfeed’s Tasty showing you how to do it.

If Easter is near, or if you are crafty with clothes, certain vegetable scraps can also be used to make homemade dye for eggs and fabrics. Boiled onion skins will make a rich, yellow color; leftover beet pulp will make pink; and purple cabbage remnants make blue.

Stale Bread

You were crazy about your artisanal loaf when it was full, but now that you are down to the stale bread butts, you feel less excited about eating it. No need to worry or waste! Give the bread scraps a whiz in your food processor and then store them in your pantry in a tight jar – you will have homemade breadcrumbs to whip out the next time a recipe calls for them. Or, cube the bread and make delicious homemade croutons (like these from The Pioneer Woman) to serve with salads and soups.

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Jane Middleton Aug 23,2017

Thank you for the reminder about uses for stale bread. I tend to forget about making bread crumbs. Bookmarking this!