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Food Parts That Are Still Surprisingly Useful

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Food Parts That Are Still Surprisingly Useful

Don’t toss the food scrapes just yet! You can still use them to make or prepare something you may never given any thought too.

Watermelon Rinds

Watermelon rind has nutritional benefits. It contain vitamin-C and vitamin B-6, both great for skin, immunity, and the nervous system. Here’s something that maybe a surprise to you the rinds may help your sex life. A 2008 study at Texas A&M University research reported that watermelon rinds have high concentrations of a compound called citrulline, which the body converts into an amino acid that helps improve circulation and relax blood vessels.

After cutting up a watermelon save those rinds and blend them into a fruit smoothie, or try using them in a stir-fry. The rinds when cooked have a zucchini-like texture, with a slightly sweeter flavor.

Banana Peels

A 2013 study found that around 40 million tons of banana peels are thrown in the trash and go unused worldwide. Did you know you can use the peels to heal wounds, just rub the pulp side on bruises and scrapes to deliver potassium to heal the wound.  Soak the peels in a jar of water, for a few days, then mix five parts water to one part banana-water, and fertilize your potted plants .

The Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2011) wrote that banana peels contain carotenoids and polyphenols, which are thought to help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Wash the peel in water then blend into a fruit smoothie. India boasts a dry vegetable curry using chopped banana peels boiled with turmeric powder and salt, then mixed with other ingredients, such as mustard seeds, green chilies, and cabbage.

Sweet Potato Peelings

After peeling a sweet potato, use the peels help lighten those persistent dark circles under the eyes. Even some have used the peels as a remedy to fad away freckles and age spots o the skin. It’s the enzyme called catecholase in the potatoes that give the peelings of the sweet potato this ability.

Stale Bread

Stale bread has always been used to make crumbs or croutons But did you can know you can run stale bread through your spice or coffee grinders to remove any leftover odors or residue?

If you have smudges or marks on the walls, including crayon marks, stale bread can help. First remove the crust, then wipe the marks or smudges with a soft cloth, then rub semi-stale bread against it. The sponge like texture will work like a store bought cleaning eraser.

Onion Skin‘s

The wrapping around onions is rich in the nutrient quercetin, a plant pigment that helps to prevent your arteries from clogging, and helping with lowering blood sugar, and reducing inflammation.

A 2011 study reported that in the European Union alone, around 500,000 tons of onion skins go to waist each year. Though the onion skin is not palatable, you can reap the health benefits by tossing the onion skins into beef, chicken or vegetable broth while cooking soups and stews. The out come will be a rich, flavorful soup. Don’t for get to remove the skin before serving.

Olive Oil

Do you have a bottle of olive oil that has lost its fragrant taste? Will don’t toss it. There are still ways to use it.

Do you have a pair of paints that has a zipper that just won’t budge? Dab some oilve oil on the teeth of the zipper to make it zip again. You can even use it to wipe off eye makeup. Surprised? Just try it and see for yourself.

Other uses include rubbing into the leaves of potted plants to make them shine and look healthier, or even use to polish your leather shoes.

Swiss Chard Stalks

Those of us that use Swiss chard, always toss the stalks, but wait, German researchers reported that the stalks contain glutamine an amino acid , which boosts the immune system, and can also aid the body to recover from surgery and heal wounds.

Cut the stalks into one-inch cubes, roast for about 20 minutes, and season with lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. Add a whole Swiss chard (stalks included) to the blender for a powerful boost to your green juice or smoothie.

If none of the for gone ideas sound appealing to you, you can toss those scrapes into a mulch bend to add to the soil in your garden. Even if you don’t garden, give your scrapes off to a friend who does, or to your local community garden.


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12 thoughts

  • January 20, 2015 at 5:43 am

    Great advice, Randy! I’d never really considered this before your post! Much love and naked hugs!

  • January 20, 2015 at 6:29 am

    That is interesting, Randy. I never would have guessed these. 🙂

  • January 20, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Never thought about using the peelings of these foods – swiss chard stalks, yes, but the rest., no. Very useful information.

    • January 20, 2015 at 9:39 am

      I agree the swiss chard stalks are a given, but the rest was new to me as well, specially banana perls to heal wounds and stale bread to clean you spice or coffee grinder. Who knew 😃.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for the comment, Jovina.


  • January 20, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I knew that using onion skins in your bone broth gave seasoning and nutritional value to your bone broth. Everything else was news to me. I reposted it so I could reread it and try an make the roasted chard.

    • January 20, 2015 at 9:43 am

      Ya the swiss chard is a given, bug who about the rest 😃. Like stale bread for cleaning your spice or coffee grinder.

      Thanks Honey gor re-blogging the post for your readers as well. I hope you enjoy the roasted swiss chard.


    • January 20, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thank AoF. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts as well.

      Hey thanks gor following Splendid Recipes and More 😃

    • January 20, 2015 at 11:17 pm

      Hey thanks for the suggestions Ronit. I will check them out. The recipe ideas sound wonderful.

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your comment and suggestions.


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