6 Clever Food Scrap Hacks You Need To Start Using Now!

With the price of fresh fruit and veggies on the rise, we can’t afford to be wasteful with our food! Instead of tossing kitchen scraps in the trash or the compost, there are better ways to get full use out of your fruit!

Before you toss your fruit and vegetable scraps, try some of these genius ways to get the most bang for your buck.

It doesn’t take much extra time to transform scraps and they are delicious and practical alternatives to the dump.

Vegetable tops and peels

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Even if they’re not the most edible parts of the veggie, the peels and tops still pack a lot of flavor and nutrients, so don’t let all that good stuff go to waste!

Chop up the ends and the skins to freeze. Once you have enough, you can boil them down with spices into a delicious broth.

Corn cobs ad a rich flavor to any stock and tomato ends punch up a sauce with extra tartness and juice.

Got oranges? Check out what to do with ’em on the next page!

Citrus Peels

There’s nothing like cutting into a juicy orange, grapefruit or tangerine. That fresh burst of citrus smell fills your nostrils and kitchen with the delicious aroma of summer.

Seriously, cut up a tray of mixed citrus and you’re transported to a tropical island. Instead of throwing out that scented goodness, grind up some peels into the garbage disposal to mask unpleasant odors.

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Apple Peels

Got dirty aluminum pots and pans? Easily remove stains by tossing some apple peels into simmering water in a dirty pot and let it boil on the stove for 20-30 minutes.

Let cool, then wipe the stains away!

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Got itchy skin? The scraps of this vegetable can help with that!

Cucumber Peels

Do you peel your cucumbers? Don’t toss ’em out – toss them in the bath!

Cucumber skins in the bathwater can help to soothe dry, itchy skin.

Combine them with Aloe Vera for an extra soothing soak!

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Lemon

If you’ve got a half-dry lemon wedge, use it to clean and shine your stove top!

Either squeeze the juice mixed with warm water onto a cloth, or just run the fruit directly over the stove top to clean.

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Shine your shoes with the fruit on the next page!

Banana Peels

Get an easy shoe shine with banana peels!

Just rub the inside of a peel over your shoes than buff away the residue with a soft, clean cloth.

Easy as that! It works well on anything made of leather, so bring out those purses, sandals and even belts!

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Can you think of any others? Share them in the comments below!

Use this technique to guarantee moist chicken, even in casseroles

Chicken is an easy, tasty protein that is extremely versatile. You can flavor it with pretty much anything and it can be added to soups, salads, stir-fry and casseroles.

When you add to it casseroles, though, that same yummy chicken can dry out pretty fast. Even just cooking it in the oven can cause chicken to go rubbery and tough, which isn’t exactly an appetizing meal.

However, there is a way to cook chicken in the oven without drying it out!

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Tenting your chicken with foil allows it to steam, which keeps all the moisture in with the chicken. It also stops the skin or outer layer of your chicken from going rubbery.

If you don’t believe us, just try this delicious breaded chicken recipe that is guaranteed to keep your chicken moist and tender, even if you throw it in a casserole!

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Brush a casserole dish with melted butter, then place the chicken breasts in it, and brush with the remaining melted butter.
  3. Combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.
  4. Cover with foil then bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Let Your Imagination Run Wild with these Rice Cake Animal Snacks

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Aren’t these adorable? Rice Cake Animals are a healthy, delicious and easy-to-make snack that your kids will love.

The great thing about these is that they’re easily customizable to suit your child’s tastes and the ingredients you have access to. Also, if your child is unable to have peanut butter you can easily swap it out for jam or cream cheese.

Bear

  • Rice cake
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 slices banana
  • 3 blueberries

Cat

  • Rice cake
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 sliced strawberry
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 raisin
  • shredded coconut

Owl

  • Rice cake
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 slices banana
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 slice strawberry
  • 2 slices of apple
  • 1 tsp cheerios

Lion

  • Rice Cake
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 slices banana
  • 2 blueberries
  • 1 raisin
  • shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup mandarin slices

Bear

Spread the peanut butter on the rice cake.

Grab your two slices of banana and cut one of the slices in half.

The large slice will be used for the bear’s nose and the half slices will go on the top to form the ears.

Use two blueberries for eyes and one for the middle of the bear’s nose.

Cat

Spread peanut butter on the rice cake.

Slice a strawberry in half and place the halves on the rice cake to use as the cat’s ears.

Create the cat’s eyes using two blueberries.

Use two slices of banana, one raisin and coconut shaving to make the cat’s nose, mouth and whiskers.

Owl

Spread the peanut butter on the rice cake.

Place two slices of apples on either side of the rice cake. They’ll be the owl’s wings.

Use two banana slices for the eyes.

Add two blueberries (for eyes), a strawberry slice (for the beak), and cheerios (for feathers).

Lion

Spread peanut butter on the rice cake.

Add two pieces of banana for ears, two blueberries for eyes, two bananas for the muzzle and shredded coconut for whiskers.

Place the mandarin slices around the rice cake to create the lion’s mane.

Your rice cake animals are now ready to eat!

Impress Your Guests With This Summer Salad Cube

Have you ever seen anything like this? This Summer Salad Cube looks just like a Rubik’s Cube (remember those?!), but that doesn’t mean that it’s hours of frustration to make.

This creative salad is sure to impress your dinner guests this summer. We used feta, watermelon and kiwi cut into cubes – but you could try avocados, beets, honeydew, cucumber, or cantaloupe…feel free to experiment!

Using a knife or a square cookie cutter, cut your feta, watermelon and kiwi into cubes of the same size.

Now it’s time to stack your cubes. Each layer should have 9 cubes (and we did 3 layers).

Your salad is now ready to eat! Serve it as is, or drizzle some balsamic or honey dressing over the top. Enjoy!

You’ve Never Had Watermelon Like This Before!

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Your Kids Will Love These Candy Rolls

How cool are these candy rolls? They may look like sushi, but they’re actually deliciously sweet little bites of dessert heaven. So cool!

Your kids are going to love these…but how could they NOT love them? These sweet treats are a delicious combo of ooey gooey Rice Krispies and all your favorite candies. They’re almost too good to share!

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 – 10.5 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups rice krispies cereal
  • Fruit leather, Fruit Roll-Ups, gummy worms, gummy fish, sour fish, etc.

In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted.

Add the cereal and stir until completely coated in marshmallow.

Spread the mixture onto a buttered baking sheet and let cool slightly.

Cut into thirds, making 3 rectangles.

Cut the marshmallow and cereal mixture into small rectangles (about the size of your gummy fish). Wrap a small piece of fruit leather around the fish and marshmallow treat.

Lay a gummy worm along the short side of one of the large rectangles you cut earlier. Roll the marshmallow and cereal mixture around the gummy worm.

Once rolled, use fingers to seal the edges of the roll. Wrap a fruit roll up around the sushi and slice into 1 inch pieces.

Now your candy rolls are ready to eat!

Anthony Bourdain Reveals His Secret To Making Perfect Scrambled Eggs Every Time

For most people, learning the perfect “recipe” for making scrambled eggs sounds silly, like learning how to “make” cheese and crackers. You just crack a few eggs, scramble them, and maybe add a little milk or cream. Voila, scrambled eggs!

But according to celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, you’re making a big mistake. He’s toured the world as the host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, so he’s sampled lots of eggs, and he’s identified the one mistake that even experienced chefs make.

He says most people “overcomplicate” the dish. His recipe doesn’t include milk or cream, because he believes “a scrambled egg is principally about the egg.”

Try his recipe and decide if he’s right:

  1. Make sure your eggs are fresh, you can use this vintage trick if you can’t tell.
  2. Crack your eggs on a flat surface, then pour them into a bowl (this way you can be 100{49382ccf8aa3307257579caf6f867159d328eca730a0976815a1bacefc5bc6ee} sure there are no bits of shell).
  3. Preheat a frying pan -it should be very hot – and add a generous piece of butter to coat the pan.
  4. Beat your eggs gently with a fork so the mixture doesn’t turn completely yellow.
  5. Immediately pour your eggs into the pan.
  6. Let the eggs solidify, then stir with a fork in a figure-8 pattern to fold them into large, fluffy mounds.

Watch this video if you’re still not sure how it’s done, or try our 1-minute microwave eggs if you’re in a hurry!

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Elmo Oreos are Perfect for Birthday Parties

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Southern Strawberry Sweet Tea Is The Drink You Need This Summer

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Get Creative At Your Next BBQ And Make This Fun Edible Centerpiece

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Make Snacking Fun With These Backyard Bug Snacks

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

This Simple Trick Will Let You Make S’mores Anywhere

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Iron Chef Mario Batali Shares His Hack For Cooking Pasta Perfectly – Every time

No one is more defensive about their food than Italians, but they have good reason to be. While everyone loves pasta and pizza, we’ve seen takes on these classics that range from good to bad and even just plain ugly. Italian cooking is a long tradition, and you get the best results by staying as close to the authentic version of these dishes as possible. And nobody know more about making authentic Italian food than Mario Batali.

The TV host, chef and restaurant owner has forgotten more about cooking pasta perfectly than we’ll ever know, so when he offers some advice we listen closely.

Recently, he shared his technique to make the perfect dish of pasta every time.

The chef explains that most people simply follow the directions on their box of pasta, but claims this is a mistake. Instead, he likes to cook the pasta “exactly one minute short of what they tell you to cook it for the package,” but Batali’s next step is just as important.

Instead of spooning sauce onto the pasta, Batali recommends dropping the pasta into the sauce and cooking it for about 40 seconds. He says this leaves your pasta “nicely al dente” without overcooking it.

The best part about this easy tip? Batalis says that if you can cook your pasta perfectly, you can serve it with anything. He even suggests “Campbell’s cream of mushrooms.”

So to summarize, cook your pasta for just a minute less than it says on the package before draining it and dropping that pasta into your saucepan to cook for less than a minute. It may sound different from what you’re used to, but Batali owns Italian restaurants from New York to Hong Kong, so we trust his judgement.

Try this trick and let us know how it tastes!

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These Treats are a Fun, Fresh and Fruity Way to Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

Get Buzzed on Cherry Bombs this 4th of July

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

These Sweet Treat Galaxy Pops are Out-of-this-World Delicious

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

This is the Only 4th of July Dessert You Need to Make!

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were

These Adorable Cupcakes will be the Star of Your Backyard BBQs

Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.

This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it’s sweet and juicy.

Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.

I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were