Kitchen Design: 20 Things to Never Throw Away from Your Kitchen

We live in a life where food waste is a major issue. We throw about a ton of good food and drinks that we could have eaten or used. Yes, of course, not all food can be eaten unfortunately. There will always be bones, peelings, egg shells or plastic bottles. But if we contemplate a little more, rather than throwing them away we can make the most out of them by recycling. It is not only best financially but also environmentally. Imagine how much money we could save and how we can better the world around us with these kitchen hacks we snagged for you! Let’s revisit the concept of our kitchen designs.  By making a few  changes, you can make the most out of these kitchen scraps!

1- Egg Cartons

 

Egg Carton Collage

If you’re in the habit of stockpiling your egg cartons without a good way to responsibly dispose of them, then you’re in luck. Egg cartons are up on our kitchen hacks list.

New kitchen design thinking can usher you to see that egg cartons are recyclable and their shape makes them perfect for cool reuse projects. You can use them to make lightweight packaging for fragile contents. For those craft-oriented people, you can use them as disposable paint pots. For storing and organizing, you can just paint and decorate them then store coins, golf balls or tiny accessories. Imagine how easy are they to sort, see and rearrange.

2- Used Coffee Grounds

 

Goffee Ground

Aside from getting your daily dose of stimulant and antioxidant from a cup of coffee, it serves as something that we can recycle to better the world around us.

Its acidic property is perfect for growing your plants and shooing away pests, snails, ants and even cats. Aside from that, coffee is a natural deodorizer. You can use it to remove nasty odors from your fridge or from your hands if you’ve been cooking garlic, onion and or other pungent foods.

Once a week, rethinking your kitchen design, mix some grounds on your conditioner for smoother and shinier hair with the added benefit of lovely highlights. Lastly, exfoliating with coffee grounds can stimulate blood flow, promoting healthier and tighter skin. It is proven that it is effective to remove cellulite. Just add vitamin E oil and then rub it on your skin with a loofah in gentle, circular motion. More add-ons for kitchen designs are on next page!

3- Celery and Lettuce Stumps
Regrowing

Next kitchen design idea is regrowing veggies. You can still make use of those celery and lettuce stumps that you’d normally throw out. Just rinse the stump off and then put it in a small bowl of warm water. Place the bowl in a near a sunny window then spray it with water generously. After a few weeks, it will sprout a whole new head! If you do this, you’ll save a little more since you may now take celery and lettuce out from your grocery shopping list.

4- Citrus and Banana Peels
Lemon Peels

The peelings of citrus fruits and bananas have enough matter left in them for another go-round. Add fresh peels to your morning smoothie or to your pasta for extra fiber, zest flavor and vitamins. You can also use citrus and banana peels as face and body scrubs. They can prevent acne, relieve rashes itch and are good moisturizers.
Citrus fruits are also good disinfectants and deodorizer. Instead of using a whole fruit, you can just use their peels and then rub them onto your kitchen sink or toilet seat. It will save you more money instead of buying expensive cleaners. You can also use the banana peels to polish shoes and silver naturally.

5- Broccoli and Celery leaves
Exotic Health

You can eat them raw. Just chopped them and add them onto your fresh salads or sandwich spreads. You can also add them to soups, stews or smoothies. Go to next page!

6- Milk Carton

 

Milky Tree House

We use a lot of milk every day. We add them to our morning cereal, smoothies, or to many dishes. Chances are, we’ve got a steady supply of milk cartons streaming out of your house every month. And what do we do with these cartons? Throw them away? Having new kitchen design in mind, why don’t we try to reuse them?

Following the spirit of new kitchen design, you may want to try making over-sized ice cubes by freezing water in milk cartons. It’s perfect for stacking in coolers or tossing into the yard for pets to play with. You can also use them for storing stock, soups and stews. With their structure, you can just slice off how much you need then put the rest back into the freezer.

With their classic and simple design, you can just paint them and then transform to cool items like a little birdhouse or pen organizers.

7- Onion and Garlic Skins

 

Onion and Garlic Skins

Garlic and onion are the most common ingredients we use in our kitchen. They make our dishes better and tastier. This means that their skins are perhaps the most tossed aside kitchen scraps. But did you know that their skins actually hold more nutrients than the flesh? Yes, the fresh kitchen design lets you have powerful antioxidants that can fight the aging process and they are healthy for our heart. They can combat cancer, too. To make sure that these nutrients will not go to waste, save the scraps then use them as flavorings for your homemade broth soup, chili or a sauce. When you’re done, strain out the solids then toss them into your compost bin.

8- Watermelon Rinds

 

Yummy Watermelon Juice

With kitchen design in mind, you have recovered citrus peels, garlic and onion skins and banana peels, what about watermelon rinds? Next time you get a big watermelon, cut the rind into a pretty pattern for a fun and biodegradable serving bowl of your favorite fruits a refreshing punch to be served for your guests. Another kitchen hack for watermelon rinds is pickling. Just remove the green flesh then soak them in an easy brine of sugar, vinegar, and water. Yum! Kitchen design hacks continue to next page!

9 – Butter Wrappers
Greasing Pans with Butter Wrappers
Greasing Pans with Butter Wrappers

Our next kitchen design is reusing butter wrappers! For storage, just fold each wrapper onto itself and then store them on your freezer in a Ziploc. And whenever you ran out of non-stick spray for baking or sauteing, you now always have a cheaper alternative right in your fridge! The amount of butter still clinging on your wrapper is just enough for greasing your pans or knives. You can also use the wrappers to separate hamburger patties without taking too much space in your fridge. It’s amazing, isn’t it?

10 – Meat bones
Meat bones
Making A Soup Out of Leftover Meat Bones

Some cooks claim to use meat bones like beef or buffalo for making stock not only once, not twice but three or more times!

11 – Pickle juice
Give a Second Life to Your Pickle Juice
Give a Second Life to Your Pickle Juice

Rather than pouring pickle juice down the drain, reuse your pickle juice to pickle another batch of vegetables. When the last pickle is eaten, simply refill the jar with fresh cut veggies and then just wait for a few days. Voila, Instant Pickles! You can also use them to add flavor to your salad dressings, sauces and soups. Or you can simply drizzle them over steamed or roasted veggies for a great flavor boost! More kitchen design hacks are on next page.

12 – Fruit, Onion or Potato Sacks
Unique Gift Packaging
Unique Gift Packaging

For smaller nets, you can reuse them as pot scrubbers. For the big ones, you can use them as unique packaging for gifts or as wrapping sacks for kid toys or laundry bag.

13 – Wine Corks
Wine Cork Heart Stamp
Wine Cork Heart Stamp

Among all the kitchen designs we snagged, this one is my favorite! After enjoying the last drop from your bottle of wine, why don’t you save all those corks up? ‘Cause there are lots of cool stuffs you can make out of it, you know. Just one cool sample is a cork stamp. Simply carve a design you like on the end of the cork, press onto a stamp pad and then stamp away! You can also use them as a key chain. Just add a hook and ring on the end. And if ever you happen to have saved a lot of corks, you can glue them together to create fancy crafts like a bathmat, cork board or coasters.

14 – Kale Stems
Saving Kale Stems
Saving Kale Stems

Next time you make kale chips, save the kale stems then pickle them. You can also add them to your morning smoothie or juice for added nutrients and fiber. Hungry for more kitchen design hacks? Go to next page!

15 – Apple Peels
Simply Apple
Simply Apple

Are you one of those people who only eats apple if the skin is peeled off? Me, too! Every time I bite an apple, a tiny bit of its skin gets stuck in my teeth! Phew. But do you know that the skin of an apple contains a lot of fiber, calcium, vitamin C and potassium? Yeah. So next time you peel the apple skin, save them up instead.

You can dry them up then use to make a delicious autumn tea or a DIY potpourri. Another reuse for apples is to make apple cider vinegar and apple jelly. Moreover, their acidic property also makes apple a good stain remover from your pots and pans. For aesthetic purposes, place fresh apple peels over your eyes for at least 5 minutes to reduce dark circles.

16 – Fruit and Veggie Pulp
Juice and Vegetable Pulp
Juice and Vegetable Pulp

Juicing fruits and vegetables is a huge trend today. It is known to have many wonderful benefits to our health for it adds a huge boost of vitamins, nutrients and fiber to our diet. But juicing everyday is a bit wasteful. After drinking a glass of freshly made juice, don’t you feel a tad of guilt with all the pulp that is left behind? Put those days of regret behind you! You can still make use of the remaining fiber-filled pulp with just a little creativity and planning.
Our first kitchen hack is fruit leather out of fruit pulps! Just spread out your pulp evenly on the baking sheet, sprinkle spices if you like then bake at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-4 hours. Cut the finished products into strips and enjoy! You can also add the pulp to your soup or smoothie for extra fiber, texture, nutrients and antioxidants. And the next time you make Spaghetti, try a less greasy and more nutritious meatball – try making veggie meatballs instead!

17 – Almond Pulp
Sesame Almond Crackers
Sesame Almond Crackers

Almond is known to be gluten-free and health conscious people will surely enjoy this kitchen design. The next time you make your own almond milk, use the leftover pulp to make various gluten-free goods like almond crackers, almond meal, almond bread and many more. Just dry them up then grind them using blender of coffee grinder. Then, TADAAAA. They’re ready to be added onto your favorite tasty yet guilty-free snacks. Here’s a recipe for making almond chocolate chip cookies! Go to next page!

18 – Egg Shells
Eggscellent Easter Ideas
Eggscellent Easter Ideas

Of course, egg shells are on our list! ‘Cause there are a lot of eggscellent ways you can upcycle them! First on our list is making clever chocolate or jello molds. You first have to know how to drain raw eggs from the shell without breaking them. Using a needle, carefully make a small hole on each end of the raw egg. Next, poke the cavity of the egg and pierce the yolk. Lastly, place a small bowl in front of you then steadily blow out the liquid contents over the hole at the rounded end of the egg. Make sure you rinse and dry them after. Now that you know how to blow out eggs, you can now start making molds out of them. Using a syringe, fill the eggshells up with jello or chocolate and you’ll have unique egg-shaped treats. Chill them before serving.

Next time you prepare your breakfast of toast, eggs and a good cup of joe, make use of those eggshells too by adding them into your coffee filter and you’re morning coffee will be less bitter. For aesthetic purposes, eggshells can be used as a skin-tightening facial or as treatment for skin irritations. Lastly, they make a wonderful and nontoxic abrasive for those tough-to-clean pots and pans. Mix them with a little soapy water for a powerful clean.

19 – Paper Towel Rolls

 

Paper Towel Roll Christmas Crafts
Paper Towel Roll Christmas Crafts

Toilet paper and paper towels are great household tools. But what do you do with the paper towel roll after consuming them? Here are some great and unconventional ways to reuse them. First, you can use them to make ridiculously easy DIY cord holder that’ll keep your cords from being tangled. Another great thing about them is that their tube’s diameter is perfect for sprouting seedlings. Plus, the cardboard will just decompose as the plant grows.  For those crafty ones, you can make fancy stuffs out of them like visually striking picture frames, Christmas gift boxes, or just a cardboard tube art directly on the walls.

20 – Coffee Filters
Tasty Coffee Cupcakes in Used Coffee Filters
Tasty Coffee Cupcakes in Used Coffee Filters

We’ve recovered used coffee grounds. How about the used coffee filters? Of course, we won’t leave them out, right? The last but not the least kitchen design we have for you is reusing coffee filters! Give your shoes a makeover by polishing them with damp used coffee filters. They’ll look just as new and shiny. You can also wash and dry coffee filters up to be used as dust wipes or even as DIY facial oil blotters.

And if ever you ran out of muffin tin liners, used coffee filters are just right there in your cupboard to the rescue. But I’d choose a recipe that would go well with a little coffee flavor like chocolate, vanilla and, of course, coffee.

For those crafty ones, you can dry then cut them up to make a miniature notebook or just turn them into pretty flowers. The tea-stained look of the coffee filters will add a vintage feel to them and the aroma will make you feel nostalgic. You can also use them as a sachet for your DIY apple skin potpourri. Just seal it with a ribbon or rubber band then you’ll have a room that smells oh so great.

If up until now, you throw these kitchen scraps away, you have to know that what you thought useless can be recycled in different ways that you never imagined. It’s time to redefine your kitchen design today.

 

 

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