Sustainable Use of Vegetable and Fruit Peels
Since we were young- vegetables and fruits have been a big part of our diet. We were taught that when we want to eat a fruit or a vegetable we have to peel it first. After peeling the fruit usually we throw the peels and don’t use them again. But some peels let’s take an apple, for example, consist even more vitamins than the fruit itself. Since 2019 sustainability has become a trend and people around the world started to think about ways to reduce waste.
What is the meaning of sustainability? It focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations’ needs. The term “sustainability” is broadly used to indicate initiatives, programs, and actions aimed at the preservation of a particular resource. But it deals with four distinct areas: economic, human, social, and environmental.
Although vegetables and fruit peels are considered organic waste, there are many ways we can use them in order to be sustainable. By using peels in many ways we can save money and plastic waste of products we usually buy outside that we can make at home. Here are a few examples of using peels in our everyday life:
- White teeth – cut an inch of the peel and cover your teeth with the pith facing you and rub it all over your teeth. Wait a few minutes and then brush your teeth. The acid on the peel will help your teeth brighten up a little.
- Fabric dye – Throw the orange rinds into a steel pot two-thirds full of water. Bring the water to a boil and let the rinds simmer for 15-20 minutes. Strain out the peels and let the shirt soak for 10 minutes minimum.
- Homemade seasoning – Every time you use lemon for its juice, use the peels as well for the zest. Add it to your everyday cooking, especially when it comes to cooking curry or baking a cheesecake. It can make the taste better.
- Clean stainless steel by rubbing the lemon peel on the stained surface. It will look good as new!
- Natural spray cleaner – try creating your own from vinegar, water, and lemon peels. It’s easy to put together and you get a fresh, clean scent without harmful chemicals.
- If you have an ant problem in your house, try finding the entry point and leave cucumber skin there overnight. The cucumber peels reject the ants and it might be the solution to your problem. Just don’t forget to throw the peels the day after.
- Lemon or orange rinds are good in tea or compote.
- Homemade vegetable stock – by using your leftover vegetable peels, you can make amazing vegetable stock. Vegetables such as leeks, scallions, garlic, fennel, chard, lettuce, potatoes, green beans, squash, bell peppers, eggplant, mushrooms, and asparagus. Cook the peels over high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add salt and water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes and your homemade vegetable stock is ready to use!
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