Don’t you just hate it when you go grocery shopping, buy food, and apparently you are not going to eat all of them? It happens to all of us. I bet there’s a single rotting tomato at the back of your fridge right now too. Food is expensive and we must not waste every single one of them so leftovers are out of sight.
However, situations like this are inevitable. No matter how hard we try to cook everything we’ve bought, leftovers are still there especially if your family doesn’t like what you’ve prepared. But worry no more reader! There are actually plenty of ways you can make use of leftover food. Continue reading on to find out!
- Making your very own compost is not as hard as you think. All you need is good air flow, heat, and moisture to let decomposition in. Don’t forget to rake your scraps regularly and to keep them watered as well as getting enough sunlight. This DIY compost you’ve made can be used to enrich your plants and produce.
- You can add almost any kinds of leftover to your compost. Be it egg shells, vegetable peels, old tea bags, stale bread, soured milk, or whatever rotten food you can find in your kitchen. Coffee grounds also work best too as they add nitrogen to the soil and helps keep away pests.
Replanting Fruit and Veggie Leftovers
- Did you know, that you can regrow your fruits and veggies? Yes, you can. It will save you cash from going to the grocery store again. The list goes on but here are a few ideas that you can apply to your garden.
- Celery: Let’s start things the easy way by re-growing celery using its stalk base. So how to do it? First, cut off the base of the cluster. Second, place the base in a shallow bowl of warm water. Lastly, let it get enough sunlight for as long as possible in a day. You will notice some changes after a week such as leaves starting to sprout from the base. When this happens, it’s time to plant your celery stalks in potting soil. Don’t forget to maintain it regularly by watering and keeping it exposed to direct sunlight.
- Pineapple: Who would have thought that pineapple tops can be used as decoration? Not only for decorations, but they are also a worthy addition to your garden too. Pineapple tops grow best when you put it in sandy soil. To start, bury the head of the pineapple under the soil until the dirt covers mostly everything below the leaves. Make sure to keep the plant moist and keep it in indirect sunlight for its first two months of growth. After six to eight weeks, you will notice that its root system is starting to form which enables you to replant your very own pineapple tree.
- Avocados: Avocado has huge seeds that are perfect for replanting and re-growing. So whenever you eat one, save the seed and let’s start the replanting session. Ready? First, use toothpicks to suspend the pit in a bowl of water while keeping half of the seed submerged. Patience is key as avocados like to take their time before they grow. In fact, it will take six weeks before a stem appears on your avocado pit. Once the stem grows into 6 inches, trim it half to leave 3 inches. Trimming is part of the process as it helps stimulate growth. After a while, your sprout will start to sport some leaves and is ready to plant.
- Potatoes: Potato peels are a perfect candidate for your garden. After peeling your potato, gather up those peels that are 2 inches long with multiples eyes still visible on it. You can plant this peel directly on the ground about 4 inches below the surface. Wait for at least two weeks since it likes to take its time to grow just like avocadoes. After two weeks, a sprout will start to appear on the ground.