Zero waste and a delish taste—who could ask for more?

Leah Goggins
July 15, 2021
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According to the Idaho Potato Commission, as much as half of the fiber in a medium russet potato comes from its skin. That means when you toss your potato peels into the compost bin, you're missing out on a major boost of nutrients. Here's the good news: Instagram user Carleigh Bodrug just came up with a super-fast way to make the most of those spare skins.

In a video posted to Instagram, Bodrug tosses her potato skins with olive oil, nutritional yeast and her favorite seasonings, then cooks them in her air fryer for 10 minutes. The result is a handful of crispy, crunchy potato skin chips that look totally delicious. (They also remind us of our Parmesan Potato Skin Chips.) Bodrug mentions in her caption that if you don't have an air fryer, you can also bake your potato skins at 400 degrees for 25 minutes for an equally snackable treat. 

Peeling Potatoes in the kitchen
Credit: Getty Images / Roy JAMES Shakespeare

While Bodrug uses a garlic and herb seasoning blend (Buy it: $4, Amazon), you could sub in any of your favorite seasonings—like our homemade Taco Seasoning, for example. You could also trade the nutritional yeast for grated Parmesan for a cheesy take.

One commenter said that while they "don't ever take off the [potato] skin," this snack hack had them getting out the peeler. Another suggested topping your mashed potatoes with the crispy skins for a little bonus crunch, which sounds like a blast.Just remember to scrub your potatoes before peeling—maybe with this trusty vegetable brush from OXO (Buy it: $6, Amazon)—and enjoy!