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Ways to Use Our Country Kitchen’s Leftovers


There is nothing that puts the fear in us quite like lifting our bin lid to chuck in our leftovers, and turning our kitchen waste into literal waste makes our stomach churn. We can’t help it; our head knows that the bin adds to a landfill where nothing can grow and our heart echoes back to the time our granny shouted ‘don’t waste even a scrap!’. To keep our countryside beautiful, we don’t mind getting a little bit inventive with our leftovers and scraps.


When There’s a Meal, There’s a Way

In a country house, dinner can turn into lunch, and then turn into dinner again. When we have roast chicken for our tea, we can bung the leftovers (and even the bones) into hot water, throw in some extra veggies and viola a pot of chicken soup that will feed the four thousand.


Leftovers for The Birds

Again, a memory of our gran stirs, this time she shouts ‘‘Throw it outside for the birds!’ And she is right, our wee window chappers enjoy eating a wide variety of our kitchen leftovers. Cheese, bacon fat, stale bread, cake, biscuits, and even cold mashed tatties are all a welcomed meal. Not only will you be helping your local wildlife thrive, but you can enjoy seeing what visitors will come to dine (good tv for an indoor cat too).


Tip: Birds cannot eat avocados, fruit pits and seeds, chocolate, or milk. Also, you could add your leftovers to our birdseed wreath recipe


Don’t Feed the Bin Vegetable Scraps

Just don’t, these foodie treasures are not for a hungry bin. The peels are where all the flavour and vitamins of your veggies are, and they have a wide variety of uses. The peels of your carrots, potatoes and other veg with fleshy skins can be cooked and blended for some delicious soup. You can also boil all your veggie scraps in some water to create the most flavourful veggie stock that you can freeze for future use. Even if your scraps are look rotten, they still aren’t snacks for the bin. Instead, compost them so they can feed your plant life. Even if you don’t have any plants, you can donate it to friends or a local community garden.


Vinegar to the Rescue

We could write a whole book dedicated to our love for vinegar, but for now we will champion its uses for scraps and leftovers. Leftover vegetables, fruit, boiled eggs, cooked meats (almost anything) can be preserved in a vinegar brine to last you longer. If you have any orange or lemon peels, put them in diluted vinegar for their citrus oils and make a natural cleaner to use around the house. In addition, vinegar can break down your eggshells so that the minerals can be used by plants a lot quicker (putting the eggshells straight into the soil means that the plants might not get the nutrients for years!). So, when in doubt, vinegar.


So, waste not want not as we say, and with these easy tips there is no way you will want to waste a scrap.