Well, I think you get the idea. Some kinds of peels from well scrubbed veggies can go into soups and stews. Sugar bowls can be rinsed and the water added to a pot of tea. Scrapings from the biscuit batter bowl can be added to the roast drippings to make the gravy. And well washed and scrubbed citrus peels can be made into delicious candied peels! These are all ideas that we have tried and enjoyed, maybe you will too!
By PlumCottage from on the beach in NJ
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I have always done these great tips and it may inspire others who now rinse out bottles for recycling anyway to rethink what they are dumping out! Good reminders!
I always add water to the last of the detergent. Also I will add my salad dressing to my miracle whip and shake up. My husband will stand the ketsup bottle on end to get the last drop. Even after that I will add water to rest and add to my spagetthi Waste not, want not. All of the tips are great
These are great hints and it is good to know there are many of us! By the way I have also used bread crumbs to make pancakes, crumb cake, brown betty and to thicken soups and stews, pasta sauce (red) and of course to stretch meat loaf and burgers.
I load up when my grocer marks the day old "artisan" breads, wrap them in extra (saved/recycled) bread bags and freeze.
Love the hints - already do most of them myself. I use the syrup to sweeten kool-aid, add to smoothies, homemade popsicles, etc. I also like to save the liquid from marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, etc, to use in making homemade salad dressings. Leftover pieces of bread/crackers are a favorite.
I make french toast, croutons, bread puddings, homemade stuffing, homemade bread crumbs, seasoned bread crumbs, homemade shake-and-bake coatings, bread crumb cookies, toppings for casseroles, use the crumbs as thickeners in casseroles and gravies, etc. I love knowing that someone else tightens their belt as much as we do!
These are such good tips. I've been adding water to conditioner, shampoo, dish detergent, etc. but I've never thought of these ideas. Thank you PlumCottage
I've been doing most of these things for years. too, except for using the juice from canned fruit (which I seldom buy). When I make potato salad, I always "rinse" out a couple of "empty" salad dressing bottles with white vinegar, cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or lemon juice, depending on my whim, and pour it into the mix of seasonings and chopped onions and celery. Then I add the cooked, cut potatoes and toss. Finally I add some mayonnaise. My potato salad is never quite the same from time to time, because the salad dressings and seasonings always vary, but it's always delicious!
What great ideas ! Shows some real "country sense" my grandmother would just love it! Thanks so much for these wonderful ideas - Barbara W.
Yes we used to do this, more of us should get back to doing this. Unfortunately we are such a throw away society. After reading this, I'm going to rethink my "empty" bottles and jars of condiments.
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