Food waste makes up a tenth of all the waste in Singapore. But the stems, peels, and pits of your fruits and vegetables have to go somewhere, right?
Not necessarily in the trash, though. Reuse them for your household needs or to make even more delicious bites in these clever ways.
The green tops of carrots and radishes are perfectly edible. Ok, maybe they aren’t the tastiest by themselves, but blend them with some macadamia nuts and garlic for your very own healthier alternative to the traditional basil pesto.
NEXT: Banana peel →
The inside of a banana peel contains potassium, a primary ingredient of shoe polish, as well as natural oils that makes it a winning shoe buffer. Rub over your shoes, then buff away the residue banana matter with a clean cloth to get shiny shoes as good as new.
NEXT: Mango pits →
Mango pits contain lots of meat. The problem? They’re a bother to reach. Put it to good use by leaving it in a jug of water overnight instead to get you’ll have delicious mango-infused water the next morning.
NEXT: Fruit peels →
Add unwanted fruit peels to some water with a little honey to get a fragrant cup of tea, or infuse them in vodka for your next party night. Alternatively, apple peels are a great natural kitchen cleaning product, while citrus peels neutralize odours in your trash bin.
NEXT: Egg shells →
Crush egg shells and put them in your kitchen sink strainer to help catch solids and prevent your sink from being clogged up. Bonus: They also clean your drain naturally as they break down.
NEXT: Tea bags →
Apply used tea bags, which contain anti-inflammatory tannic acid, to bug bites to sooth them. Or, dry them out and place them in your shoes to absorb moisture, hence preventing unpleasant odours.
NEXT: Leftover meat →
Save leftover meat to make tasty homemade stock. Bones, especially, add tons of nutrition and flavour.
NEXT: Pineapple tops →
After cutting off the top of your pineapple, you can actually use it to grow another one! You don’t even need a huge backyard to re-grow your pineapple – check out how to do it here.
NEXT: Onion bottoms →
Same for your onions – save the bottoms to plant in a pot to grow new ones!
NEXT: Leafy tops of carrots and radishes →
By Pinky Chng, January 2018
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