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8 edible items you’re throwing away (and 2 to toss)

By Hilary Meyer, August 28, 2012 - 10:21am

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Hilary asks: What do you use in the kitchen that others might toss?


I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my biggest weakness is potato chips so to combat this I've started eating a lot of raw vegetables instead. Among others that includes a lot of broccoli crowns. Because of that I have had a lot of broccoli stems left over. I've never been a a big fan of steamed broccoli so I needed to find something else to do with the broccoli stems. I came up using the broccoli stems much like celery. I chop it and use it in both salads and also in omelets.


06/23/2013 - 8:16pm

Cauliflower greens, Coriender greens.

We make a mixed vegetables with all old vegetables and call it chorchori in bengali (India). To hot oil add chopped garlic pod and one onion, to that add all the root vegetables plus the greens. Cover and cook till they all look mashed and cooked until soft. Add salt and little sugar.

It is delicious


09/30/2012 - 4:58am

I am curious as to cheeses. I use the rind (when I can get it) of Italian parmesan and pecorino Romano cheeses when I make broths Lately, I don't know whether I should toss these expensive cheeses after they have been kept beyond their printed expiration dates. On carefully reviewing labels, I am seeing some of the cheeses labeled Italian parmesan or Romano are being made in the U.S.... not Italy. They are shrink wrapped in plastic and have expiration dates. I remember that many years ago in Italy, when mold would rarely appear on hard cheeses, it would be cut out and the cheese would continue to be eaten until gone. I am afraid of doing this with American cheeses as synthetics, chemicals,GMO's,and preservatives are used without honest labeling. Too many American companies put profit first and quality last. We don't know what we are eating anymore. .Hard cheeses used to be able to be kept nearly forever, but today, I don't know whether to take a chance to keep/eat a hard cheese beyond the American expiration date. What can you tell me about eating American cheeses beyond their expiration dates?


09/27/2012 - 11:12am

Blueberries and other fruits (apple cores/seeds, chopped peels, peach pits/peels, etc.), that get squishy before they can be eaten, get chopped up and tossed into the freezer in a container, then in the winter, I make suet, fill some grapefruit halves and put out for the birds. Very nourishing for them and a way of getting rid of some fruit scraps instead of putting them into the compost pile.


09/18/2012 - 4:51pm

Did you know that sweet potato leaves are edible? Just stir fry like any spring green. Also the tender tips of the pea vines are edible.


09/18/2012 - 11:04am

I have always done all of the above except radish greens ... will give that a try. During summer if I have too many chives/green onion tops (they grow tall!) I chop them up, freeze to toss into soups, stews later on. I freeze any tid bit vegie leftovers, vegetable water, to use in soups for better flavour.


09/02/2012 - 7:00pm

I save all citrus peels and freeze. When I want to freshen the kitchen air, I simmer along with a cinnamon stick. Much nicer than a candle.


08/30/2012 - 6:02pm

Lobster shells and shrimp shells. I simmer them with a few peppercorns a cpl of bay leaves a little salt and make stock to use in seafood chowders.


08/29/2012 - 1:58pm

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