Eating fruit and vegetables is one of the healthiest eating habits that most of us follow. But we always eat the fruits and vegetables and throw their peels in the waste bin as we think they are useless. No, they aren’t. The skins and peels of fruit and vegetables are full of flavor and nutrition, and these waste products actually have a lot to offer. Below we list some surprising uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels.
1. Making Jelly: Peels from apples, peaches, and guavas can be used to make delicious jelly.
• Wash the peels well, then finely chop them.
• For every 1 cup of fruit peels, mix in ¼ cup of brown sugar.
• Add a little lemon zest and a pinch of pectin.
• Add water according to the consistency you prefer.
• Put all the ingredients in a pan and simmer on low heat.
• Stir occasionally and within 1 hour you will have homemade tasty jelly.
2. Making Pickles: You can prepare your favorite kind of pickles with the use of citrus fruits like lemon and orange and also from other fruit peels like watermelon and pumpkin skins.
• Add some vinegar, spices, and sugar to these fruit or veggies skin and enjoy a tasty homemade bowl of pickles.
3. Making Stock: Using vegetable peels and stalks can be a beneficial and economic way to make a nutritious homemade stock.
• Use the stalks, skins, and peels from onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, potatoes, leeks, scallions, garlic, fennel, chard, lettuce, parsnips, green beans, squash, bell peppers and eggplant for vegetable stock. Also, the roots of herbs like parsley and cilantro can be used.
4. Making Facial Scrub: Leftover peels are beneficial for skin health. The antioxidants and other nutrients in the peels are excellent for skin whitening, exfoliating and cleansing.
• Dry a few orange peels in the sun for 2 or 3 days. Grind them to a coarse powder.
• Mix together 2 teaspoons each of this orange peel powder and plain yogurt along with 1 teaspoon of honey. Apply it on your face and neck, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, then scrub it off and rinse your skin with lukewarm water.
• Do this 2 or 3 times a week to get a younger looking and glowing skin.
5. Making Potato Crisps: You can use the leftover potato or sweet potato peels to make healthy and yummy crisps.
• Mix potato peels with enough lemon juice and olive oil to evenly coat.
• Spread the potato peels in a layer on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 5 minutes
• Stir once and bake until golden brown.