20 Creative Ways to Use Kitchen Scraps

See this list of 20 Creative Ways to Use Kitchen Scraps and learn how to reduce food waste and save money. Ideas include candied orange peel and apple scrap jelly!

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  Did you know that Americans throw away an estimated 30-40 percent of their food each year? That equals more than 20 lbs of food per person per month. (source) To think about that number is staggering. I won’t deny that I throw away food, but I do make an effort to use my scraps whenever possible.


  Having chickens and a dog that I can feed scraps too helps tremendously, but there are a ton of other ways that I can put them to good use. Since uses for kitchen scraps isn’t exactly common knowledge like it used to be, I thought I would put together a list of 20 Creative Ways to use Kitchen Scraps. Through this list, I hope that you gain a few new ideas and are encouraged to reduce your own percentage of food waste.


20 Creative Ways to Use Kitchen Scraps


  1. Grow on your Windowsill – Don’t Waste the Crumbs

  2. Make Hambone Soup – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  3. Make Chicken Broth – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  4. Feed to Livestock – Green Eggs & Goats

  5. Compost – Craftsy (affiliate link)

  6. Add to Garden Soil – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  7. Water Plants with Cooking Water – Little House Living

  8. Make Breadcrumbs – Skint Dad

  9. Freeze Extra Herbs – Kitchn

  10. Make Banana Bread with Mushy Bananas – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  11. Make Apple Cider Vinegar – Mommypotamus

  12. Make Applesauce with Ripe Apples – Frugal Living NW

  13. Freeze Extra Produce – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  14. Make Homemade Citrus Cleaner – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  15. Make Pumpkin or Squash Puree – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  16. Dehydrate Extra Produce – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  17. Make Candied Orange Peels – Glorious Treats

  18. Make Pickled Watermelon Rind – Pickled Plum

  19. Make Soup  – Graceful Little Honey Bee

  20. Make a Natural Hair Dye – Graceful Little Honey Bee

What’s your favorite way to use kitchen scraps? Do you do anything that isn’t listed here? I’d love to know!


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  1. When I was a kid my mum would do this at the end of the day. She'd go through all the scraps and stuff. Our rabbits would get the potato peelings and anything else salvageable would get used. We keep a bowl in the fridge for extra veggies and meat from dinner plates that go into a weekend soup. Not worth wasting anything, not with money being tight.
  2. I'm excited to find ways to be less wasteful. My mother was a wonderful person at doing these type of things, however I lost her 10 months ago and my entire world changed.

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