25 Uses for Leftover Scraps

It’s easier to toss the orange rinds, apple cores, steak fat and pepper peels when you’re cooking a specific meal, but it’s also a total waste of perfectly good food. In this article we will go over some of the uses of leftover cooking scraps that will spare your garbage can of bad odors and open the door of creativity in the kitchen.

Beef Fat
Most people see beef fat as unhealthy to eat no matter what form it’s in, but it’s actually been proven to be very healthy since it contains the same monounsaturated fat called oleic acid which is found in olive oil, and if you’re in the kitchen a lot then you most likely use olive oil a lot. Furthermore, the LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood is actually lowered by eating beef. By now, you may be aware of the controversial Atkins diet, yet the American Heart Association themselves have admitted that the real cause for obesity is carbohydrates, not fat. Either way you look at it, a balanced diet is always going to be best, so eating beef in excess should be avoided, just like carbs.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding Servings

In the meantime, however, instead of tossing your beef fat, you can either use it right away or save by freezer storage for some great dishes later on such as:
1. Yorkshire Pudding
2. Gravy
3. Pasty Dough
4. Pet Food Mix with your dog or cat’s food (they will LOVE you for this)
5. Pie Crust
6. English Suet Pudding
7. Frying Frying Vegetables like Onions, Garlic, Peppers, etc can give them a unique flavor
8. General flavor enhancer for any sauce, you can add the fat for flavoring

Orange Rinds

If you’ve ever tried eating an orange rind (or peel), you have undoubtedly discovered why people go through the trouble of peeling them. But throwing them out, while it may help to make your garbage smell better, there are better uses for them that you may not have thought about before.
Orange Rind
9. Composting if you don’t live in the city, all of your vegetable scraps can be added to a compost in your backyard. Be careful though, it will attract animals and smell very strong! It’s important to keep it guarded and away from where your neighbors might frequent. In the end, though, you are left with some very very clean dirt for gardening and you could even sell it if you take care of it well.

10. Exfoliation Scrub mix orange or lemon rinds with other natural exfoliation ingredients such as sea salt, coffee grounds, oatmeal and water then apply to your skin and scrub gently to remove dead skin cells and reduce dry skin
11. Bath Oil or Powder squeeze the oil from the peels and add them to your bath or soap, or dry the peels and grind them for a powder
12. Potpourri
13. Flower Arrangements
14. Kindling or Firestarter orange oil is flammable and even after a peel is dried, it contains quite a bit of the oil
15. Cat Repellent if you have a garden or other outside area that keeps getting invaded by a nosy neighborhood cat, this is a great way to keep them away, or even to keep your own from going into certain areas in or around your house.
16. Candy while peels alone may be too strong to eat, mixing them with dark chocolate or sugar glaze is a treat to remember
17. Orange Spice for Flavored Olive Oil and Sauces adding ground rinds to various cooking mixes and sauces may give it the zest you were looking for. Experiment!
18. Ant and Silverfish Repellent these bugs hate the smell of oranges and if they keep showing up, your leftover peels may be the solution to your problem. Set them around the house where you tend to find these pests and you’re sure to see them disappear.
19. Deodorizer wherever you leave orange peels around the house will help to deodorize the area, which makes orange rinds a multitasker!
20. Tea adding orange oil squeezed from the rinds, or even the rinds themselves after drying and grinding can be a tasty way to enjoy your tea

Lemon, Cantelope, Cucumbers, Bananas and Celery

21. Lemon & Cantelope Baths the same way you would use orange rinds for bathroom scents and cleanses, you can use these two fruits as well. Lemon peel bathing has actually been known to reduce age spots and other skin discolorations
22. Cucumber Baths cucumbers are known to soothe dry and irritated skin fast. Instead of tossing your cucumber peels, next time try them in your tub!
23. Alcohol Flavoring if you occasionally enjoy a cocktail, try putting your rinds and peels in a bottle of vodka for a couple weeks and enjoy something new next time you relax
24. Banana Peel Shoe Shining banana peels are actually useful? No way, you say! Well, their oil is great for shoe shining, try it by rubbing the inside of the peel over the outside of your shoe and buffing off with a clean rag
25. Jams, Preserves and Pickles fruits are great for jams and preserves, and what’s more is that melons like watermelon and honeydew are great for pickling, a Southern staple

More Uses for Food Scraps

This concludes our food scraps ideas for today, but we will post more soon!

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