Today's Reuse Roundup post comes from Stephanie Hodges of Seattle, WA.
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Your Reuse Roundup segment on the site got me thinking of things I do to minimize waste. While I've never made my own broth/stock, I usually end up with a handful of vegetable remnants that could probably be put to better use.
Here are a few small things I do to get the most out of my food and eliminate waste:
Hard boiling eggs. I've learned that eggs can last well past the date stamped on the carton and not only that, older eggs are easier to peel when hard boiled. Clearly my roommate and I are fans of this method!
Freezing bananas and other fruits. I absolutely love smoothies... especially when they are cold and thick! If I have bananas, strawberries, pineapple, etc. that are nearing their last leg, I'll chop them up and store them in the freezer for my smoothies. The same goes with fresh juice--last year I got a juicer as a gift and if my fruits and veggies get wilty and sad-looking, I know it's time to juice.
Getting every last bit of peanut butter out of that darn jar. I'm sure we've all experienced the sad end to a jar of peanut butter or almond butter, when the only goodness left is coated on the sides and in the bottom ridges of the jar. I learned this trick on the blog Kath Eats Real Food (www.kerf.com).-- she'll cook a batch of oatmeal and put it directly into the jar! The heat helps melt the nut butter into the oatmeal. You can also use it for overnight oats. And if that weren't enough, most of those jars are reusable too! Store nuts, granola, fresh juice, even vegetable sticks for an on-the-go snack.
Brussels sprouts chips. I love brussels sprouts, but when prepping them I always end up with handfuls of the outer leaves that fall off in the process. Solution: make chips! --Make stale bread or old tortillas into homemade croutons and chips
I don't have a garbage disposal, but whenever I visit my family members that have one, I make sure to throw unusable scraps in there. The rinds from citrus fruit are the best because they make the kitchen smell fresh!
This article on keeping produce fresh and this chart on the shelf life of food are super helpful and can be posted near the fridge as a reminder.