6 Creative Ways To Reuse Veggie Scraps

6 Creative Ways To Reuse Veggie Scraps

  • 15 May 2020
Sometimes a big pile of scraps accumulate while you’re cooking, and you’re left with leaves, peels, seeds and ends of veggies that almost always end in the bin. But you shouldn’t throw them away - there are many clever ways to reuse those scraps to get your money's worth, and reduce your food waste. Here are some clever ways to reuse your veggie scraps.

Make a stock or broth

Onion and garlic skins, carrot and leek tops, broccoli and asparagus stalks, and more - you can use virtually any veggie scraps to make vegetable stock. Simply add the scraps to a pot of boiling water, with some salt, pepper and herbs and simmer for an hour or so. Strain the veggies off at the end with a sieve or colander. The flavours will infuse into the water and you’ll have an almost free liquid stock you can use for soups or stews.

Make potato peel chips

We often peel potatoes when making mash and throw out the peels - but the potato skin is a good source of fibre, iron and antioxidants - and delicious when used to make chips!
All you need to do is toss with olive oil and seasoning, and bake in the oven until crispy. You can also make carrot and sweet potato chips this way too -
here’s a recipe.

Eat the beet greens

The leaves attached to beetroot are edible and taste similar to Swiss chard. Like other leafy greens they are packed with nutrients like iron, calcium and magnesium, so don’t throw them away. You can use them as you would any leafy green - in salads, stir-fries.

Roast butternut seeds

When you chop up butternut or pumpkin don’t toss the mushy pulp of seeds. They can easily be cleaned and roasted and then used in salads, smoothies or to garnish your soup.

Make carrot top pesto

The leafy green tops of carrot are delicious and nutritious. They have a fresh, slightly bitter flavour, similar to parsley and one of the most popular ways to use them is in a pesto recipe.

Regrow them

Many vegetables can easily be regrown with a little water - like leeks, ginger and spring onion. This is a great activity for the kids to do. You’ll find many videos on youtube guiding you on how to grow dozens of different types of vegetables and herbs.