10 Cool Ways You Didn't Know You Could Use Food Scraps

Team Interns , 19 Oct 2018
Food Waste (Image courtesy :Shutterstock)
Food Waste (Image courtesy: Shutterstock)

Take all you can eat, but eat all you take. We’ve been taught this simple rule in school. We come across signs put up about it at buffets and eateries every once in a while. But do we really understand what it means? Disposing kitchen scraps also counts as wastage but often goes unnoticed. It is all about making the most use of each ingredient, root to stem. Read on for some really cool hacks and DIYs!

1. Orange Peel

Our all-time favourite DIY is using orange peels. Cut the orange peel in a bowl shape, add wax/oil in it and voila, you have an orange scented candle ready! Let’s have an orangy Diwali this year maybe?

2. Eggs

If your recipe requires just the egg yolks, don’t make the mistake of throwing the egg whites if you don’t need them right away. They can very well be frozen and used later. Goes vice-versa too! The eggshells can be added to the soil to improve the growth of saplings.

3. Bread

The end of a bread loaf is 9 out of 10 times discarded. Next time you have a hardened sugar situation, put the bread in the jar and it will soften it up again. Or you can cut it up into tiny squares and bake/fry them into croutons.

4. Coffee Grounds

Coffee has much more to offer than just a warm hug! Use old coffee grounds, mix them with olive or coconut oil and you have your very own exfoliant scrub.

5. Pineapple skin

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Tea-lovers, we got you covered. Boil pineapple skin into a tea for an exotic twist. You can do this with other fruit skins as well!

6. Corn Husks

For the barbeque lover in you, here’s a simple but genius hack. Use the corn husks to wrap food that goes on the grill. Less mess too, right?

7. Yoghurt

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Simple kitchen skin beauty! Easy, accessible & no artificial additives. We usually undermine how effective plain full fat yoghurt can be for your gut & your skin! . . There's no need for pricey treatments to perfect your complexion. Yoghurt contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells. It gently exfoliates the top layers of the epidermis, which can clear up blemishes and discoloration. . . A yoghurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. It's an all around beauty multi-tasker! . . A simple yoghurt face mask applied two or three times a week will leave you with soft supple skin. It's this easy! Step 1 : wash your face with warm water Step 2: smooth some creamy plain yoghurt over your face. The yoghurt will lock in the moisture from washing your face. Step 3: Leave on for 20-30 minutes then rinse off. Result: brighter, blemish free and hydrated skin! . . Try this bonus DIY mask : Mix one cup of plain yogurt with one tea spoon of fresh aloe gel; apply to face, leave on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry. Repeat for 2-3 times a week. Result : Softer, even toned and balanced skin! #KweliSkinOrganics #Combination&OilySkin #PlainYoghurt #DIYFaceMask#ShopKweli #NaturalSkinCare #HappySkinHappyLife

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Once yoghurt goes bad or expires, there is no way you can eat it and no way you should. Instead, put together a couple of tablespoons of this yoghurt and honey each. You can use this as a facial mask without a second doubt.

8. Melon seeds

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MUSKMELON SEEDS Muskmelon seed popularly known as "Wrewre" amongst the Akans and "Naree" amongst the northners. Melon seeds are very rich in fibre which aids weight loss, omega-3 fatty acids for cardiovascular function, Vitamins A, C and E for good eye sight. Melon seeds are commonly used for soups here in Africa. They are roasted to release its natural nuttiness and ground or blended into a paste and sieved before cooking it. Wrewre soup has a rich, creamy taste. to me wrewre soup tastes like a mixture of peanut butter soup and light soup mixed together.. plus it goes with any protein.. fish , meat, chicken, grass cutter and more #telande #telandeworld #telandeexperience #seeds #recipes #melonseeds #muskmelon #nutty #westafrica #africanfood #spicy #foodorgasm #africa #africanfoods #africanfoodblogger #blogger #foodblogger #ghana #eatwithme #ingredients #tasty #healthy #savoryfood #blogger #africaningredients

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If you’re looking for a healthy snack which won’t make you feel guilty about munching on whole day, don’t throw the seeds away! Roasted seeds are crunchy, savoury and easy to make!

9. Chopped herbs

Have extra chopped herbs with no place to go? Add them in an ice tray and fill up with olive oil. Once frozen, store in a freezer bag and use later when required.

10. Lemon

You can grate some lemon peel to give your drinks or dishes a zesty touch. Leftover lemon peels can also help in cleaning your microwaves and pans.

Do you have any cool hacks or DIYs to reduce wastage of food? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll try and give it a shot!

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