1. Make Broth
All of your vegetable and meat scraps can be used to make a tasty homemade broth that will beat the taste and price of any brand you would buy in stores. Save carrot peels, celery leaves, onion skins, mushroom stems, green onion ends or any other vegetable scraps and freeze them until you accumulate a good portion. Boil these scraps in water with any other herb or flavoring agent, strain and enjoy.
You can do the same thing by simmering meat scraps, carcasses and bones to create beef, pork or chicken stock.
You can use fruit peels to make delicious flavor-infused olive oils, liquors, or water. The peels or zests of oranges, lemons, grapefruits, lime, and tangerines work the best, but feel free to experiment. The longer you leave the peel in the substance, the stronger the flavor will be.
#SpoonTip: Make sure you strain the peel or zest before enjoying your infusions.
3. Grow a New Plant
If you want to grow your own plant, you can use the ends, pits and seeds of many different produce. This includes the tops of pineapples, the seeds of lemons, and the pits of plums, peaches and avocados. Be patient though because these plants can take years to bear fruit, but it will be well worth the wait.
4. Flavor, Freshen and Fertilize
Coffee rule number one: never throw away your left-over ground joe. After it provides you with the caffeine necessary for survival, coffee grounds are still incredibly useful. They serve as an extremely effective fertilizer in potted plants and gardens, a super flavorful component of homemade steak rubs, a base for homemade java-scented air fresheners, and an assortment of other purposes.