Reducing Food Waste

I’m at home a lot. Like…most of my life these days. I keep thinking of things to do or create, like crochet a king size blanket for my fiance, or teach myself to sew. I’ve also been baking and derping around in the kitchen a lot more than usual. Mostly because whenever I go grocery shopping I think “oh hey, maybe I should buy some banana bread muffins/some vanilla syrup for my coffee/some etc” and I’ve realized that I can just make that stuff myself.
I’ve also read a bunch of blogs and posts about food waste and now I’m all motivated to change up my food habits. Again. Sorry CatLord.
I’ve been switching my cleaning supplies over to more natural cleaners, I’ve been using vinegar and water as our AP cleaner for the last several years, but have started repurposing our orange peels as a cleaner enhancer/scent. Once the orange is infused in the vinegar, I throw the peels in the compost. Last night, we had some fruit while we were lazily watching The Expanse and used the orange peels, half of the orange went zested in the freezer for muffins, and the other half I dehydrated in the oven this morning for tea. I think I might try making candied orange peels next time.
I’ve also made a good scrub out of my spent espresso grounds, and some coconut oil. I added a bit of white sugar, to my preference (but have heard that this isn’t always the best for your skin). I use it on my lips and on my legs/arms when they start to get real dry, I just put it on in the shower and then rinse it off. The weather in Alberta is -so- dry, but the scrub really helps to soothe my irritated skin.
We’re also that family that buys a whole bag of potatoes with good intentions and by the time we get around to using all of them, they’ve started sprout. They’ll be used as started potatoes for us when the sky stops crapping snow on us. I’m trying to get away from the Costco run where we buy all our veggies in bulk, as half of them usually go bad before we can get around to eating them and then we all feel like trash for wasting food/money. I’m interested in what other folks do with their leftover food scraps. I think I’ll be starting a freezer bag for veggie stock, what are some other ways you repurpose your food waste?

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