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Clever Uses For Food Waste

Did you know that on average each American wastes more than 20 pounds of food per month? Wow! Instead of trashing your scraps, here are some clever uses for food waste and how you can compost of reuse your scraps.

Clever Uses for Food Waste

Homemade Broth:

Save your vegetable trimmings such as onion ends, carrot ends or peels, celery ends and more and freeze them in a gallon freezer bag. Continue to add to it until the bag is full. Reuse your bag of vegetable trimmings to make a vegetable broth by simmering in a stock pot with water for 4-6 hours.

You can also make a chicken bone broth by reusing chicken bones to make a healthy stock. Simmer in a stock pot with water for 3-4 hours or until the stock reduces by half and golden brown in color.

Homemade broth is great in homemade chicken noodle soup!


I love reusing my citrus peels and rinds for homemade potpourri. I like to dry mine using my food dehydrator.

Herbal Tea:

Use a food dehydrator to dry citrus peels to add to hot water for a nice herbal tea. You can also add cinnamon sticks, fresh squeezed lemon and honey.

Detox Water:

Citrus peels come in handy to make infused waters. Check out my detox water recipes for some great ideas.

Healthy Chocolate Shake:

When I see my bananas are browning and too ripe for my liking, I peel and break them in half and store in sandwich bags to freeze for later. Frozen bananas make the best healthy shakes!

Bread Crumbs:

A great way to use stale bread is by toasting it and then using a food processor to turn it into bread crumbs. You can freeze the bread crumbs if you don’t plan to use them right away.


Of course there is always composting. We compost at our house and use it for gardening. All you need is a compost bin that you can store in your yard.

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