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Clever ways to repurpose food you were going to throw away

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It’s inevitable that some food will spoil before you get a chance to finish it. However, the good news is that there are a few creative ways you can bring certain food scraps and leftovers back to the table.

Here are a few ideas on how to reuse food scraps instead of tossing them in the trash:

Egg shells

They are high in calcium so sprinkling them on the soil below plants will boost growth – or – grind them up into powder then add them to smoothies and shakes.

Turn stale bread into breadcrumbs or croutons

Provided that the bread hasn’t developed any mold, a clever way to save stale bread is to make your own croutons or breadcrumbs for a dish.

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Dedicate a leftovers night 

If you find your fridge or freezer stuffed to the gills with leftover food, commit to “eating down the fridge” one night a week.

Think “ingredients,” not “leftovers”

Turn extra pasta or cooked vegetables into a frittata (an Italian dish made with fried beaten eggs, resembling a Spanish omelet)

Make soup

In a blender, make a puree of vegetables with 3 or 4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth, then warm the soup in a pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and finish the soup with a bit of pesto, olive oil or croutons.

Use spice to revive your candle scent 

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If you have any expired spices in your cupboards, you can use them to revive the scent in candles that have lost their fragrance.

Meat bones

They are great for making homemade broth by saving bones from roasting or slow cooking, store in the freezer until there is enough to make broth.

Orange and lemon peels 

These can be frozen or dried for later use. Just create twists then place in the freezer or in a spot to dry (at least 1 week). Combining citrus peels with water and vinegar makes for a nice homemade multi-purpose cleaner.

Did you also know that you can polish your leather shoes with banana peels? According to research, bananas are rich in potassium, which is a key component in most of the conventional shoe polishes on the market.

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