One of my resolutions this year was to make sure my kids get enough fruit and vegetables daily. My family's getting healthier, and I've found that a more natural snack time is also leaving us with some fun opportunities to learn about reusing everyday items! We've started composting our leftover remnants and the kids have come up with some clever ideas on their own. They often shape Halos peels into cute little figures to entertain themselves.
Here are some more of our favorite ways to “reuse” fruit and vegetable peels:
Dry peels and stick them in a bowl for quick and easy potpourri.
Rub lemon or lime rinds over brass or copper for a natural shine.
Polish shoes with a banana peel.
Boil fruit leftovers on the stove to send a sweet smell throughout your kitchen.
Sprinkle apple peels with cinnamon and dry them in a dehydrator for a crisp snack.
Use empty avocado or Halos shells to serve as biodegradable seed starters.
Serve fruit salad in hollowed-out melon shells. Less dishes to do afterwards!
Use corn husks to make tamales or corn husk dolls.
Soak lemon rinds in a coffee pot full of water. They'll make your glass pot shine.
Shells of large fruits and vegetables can be used as bird houses or feeders.
Stuff a turkey or chicken with fruit and vegetable leftovers for a more savory dish.
Pickle your fruit and vegetable rinds in vinegar for a deliciously tangy snack.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zesty outside from a Halo or other citrus peel, then dry it and sprinkle onto desserts or salad.
Pomegranate peels can be boiled in water and used as a natural fabric dye.
Rub banana peels on the leaves of plants to ward away harmful insects.
Boil vegetable peels with herbs to create vegetable stock.
Infuse olive oil or vinegar with citrus peels.
Does your family reuse things from the kitchen?