5+ Food Scraps You Might Not Have Know Were Edible

many food scraps can still be used and eaten
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Many times, when you have finished preparing a huge meal, you end up with a lot of food scraps that will be thrown away.

The next time this is about to happen, stop and consider something—are these scraps still potentially useful? As it turns out, they usually are. That means they’re also wasted resources, as well as wasted money. The problem is a lot of us don’t know that these food scraps are edible.

To help you spot what leftover scraps might be useful for your cooking, here is a list of food scraps you didn’t know were edible.

Broccoli Stalks

When preparing broccoli for a meal, many people only use the heads. But what happens to the stalks? Often, the stalks get tossed away, which is a shame. The stalks carry just as much nutrition as the heads. They are also high in fiber. These can be chopped up and added to a soup or stir fry. Consider these options the next time you’re thinking of tossing them out.

Carrot Tops

If you are chopping the tops of your carrots off just to throw them in the garbage, you are missing out. The leafy tops of carrots are actually as nutritious as kale or spinach. This makes them a great option to add to a salad or even a smoothie. Another unique option is to use them to make pesto for a tasty pasta.

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Potato Skins

The next time you are peeling potatoes for dinner, consider this option. Not only are the potato skins edible, but there are a lot of things you can do with them. Baking them up with some oil and seasonings can make a great side. Also, there is the option you see in restaurants with cheese and bacon bits for a nice appetizer. Potatoes are such a versatile staple; make them even more useful by cooking up those tasty potato skins.

Cabbage Hearts

Cabbage hearts may seem very plain but, again, there are a few ways you can prepare and use them. Cabbage hearts with their radish-like flavor can go great in a mixed salad. You can also add them in a soup or slice and serve them with a tasty dip. One further option is pickling them, which will give them a unique flavor.

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When investigating what you should know about honeycomb honey, nutrition is number one. Honeycomb is completely edible. It contains raw honey which is filled with antioxidants and enzymes that can fight against bacteria and infection. Furthermore, the honeycomb’s nutrients can benefit your heart and liver. You can use it to make desserts, add to some bread, or eat it on its own as a healthy snack.

Parmesan Cheese Rind

This is one of the most common food scraps you didn’t know you were edible. It can be deterring for some to buy a block of parmesan with its rind still on it. Luckily, the rind is completely edible. A great use for it is melting it over the top of some French Onion soup.

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