Kitchen Hacks to Save Money and Stress

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by Cha Ching Queen

This post may contain affiliate links. Read the disclosure.Life is already stressful. Eating is essential—no reason to feel stressed out about it. When the budget is tight, and you have to throw food away because it’s spoiled, it is like throwing money away. Don’t fret.

There are many ways to repurpose food waste to save money. Here are some great kitchen hacks to up-cycle your food waste.

Banana peels as Fertilizer

Most of us know by now you can use overripe bananas to make banana bread. There are a ton of recipes you can do with overripe bananas. However, there’s another banana hack you may not know, and you can use every last piece of it. Save the banana peels and add to water for excellent Fertilizer. Your house plants will thank you.

Veggie or Meat Stock From Scraps

Next time you cut veggies, keep all the scraps you usually toss in the trash. Put those scraps in a bag and keep them in the freezer. When the bag gets full, drop all the leftovers in a pot with water. Then season the stock to your liking, and simmer on the stove. You’ve just made delicious veggie stock.

For meat stocks, save your bones and meat trimmings to add to them.

Revive Stale Bread

Do you have stale slices of bread? You can rehydrate stale bread by quickly putting it under running water and in the oven at 350 for 5-10 minutes. You can also turn your stale bread into breadcrumbs.

Tear stale bread into pieces and place it on a baking tray. Drizzle pieces with olive oil and season with your choice of salt, pepper, and spices. Bake at 250F for about 20 – 30 minutes.

Grow from scraps

Do you want to save a bunch of money and have fresh organic fruits and veggies? A quick google search will tell you everything you need to know to grow your produce at home, and it’s super easy! You’d be surprised how many fruits and veggies you can grow from the scraps of produce you buy at the supermarket.

Our favorite is green onions. Instead of throwing away the scraps just plant the bulb of the green onion in dirt and it will grow back a few weeks later.

Cheese Rind

Leftover rind from Parmesan cheese? Keep the cheese rind in the fridge or freezer, and toss it in soups, sauces, or stews for an extra oomph to your dishes. Please don’t throw it away.

Leftover Herbs Into Olive Oil or Freezer Cubes

Do you ever buy fresh herbs for a dish and have too much left over? Put your leftover herbs in olive oil for infused oils for cooking. You can also put fresh herbs in an ice cube tray, top with water, and freeze them.

Just toss them into whatever you’re making, and the water will melt. The next time you need them, you’ll have perfectly portioned herbs.

Coffee Scrub

This kitchen hack is also a beauty tip. After making coffee, take the leftover grounds and mix with coconut oil for a moisturizing body scrub with a buzz. Coffee scrub is excellent for blood circulation, and your skin will be silky smooth.

Bruised Fruit Face Masks

Do you have bruised fruit that’s on its last leg? You can always make a delicious smoothie out of it. However, if you need a little self-care, why not make a face mask? Bananas, papayas, strawberries, and avocado are great ingredients to add to a DIY fruit face mask.

Got a little yogurt that’s about to go off? Yogurt has lactic acid, which is excellent for skin cell turnover. You can throw that in too! Mix up the ingredients of your choice, apply to your face, and leave on for 20 minutes. It’s a free spa day at home! Self-care Sunday, anyone?

Self-care is essential for our well-being. It’s important to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health regularly.

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  • Gainorhillegass Gainorhillegass on Aug 13, 2022

    These are great ideas. I have been doing some for a while. Like to regrow vegetable ends. I like the coffee scrub and skin care ideas. I use squeezed lemon rinds to rub on face and dry skin. They soften the skin. I follow with coconut oil to hydrate. I put used teabags on eyes to soothe inflammation. Coffee grounds for fertilizer and kitchen scraps for compost heap in the yard. Grew a peach tree one year from a pit!. These days, home products from kitchen are a boon. Reminds me of the Victory Garden and Earth Mother days. We can all be very self sufficient.

  • Cha Ching Queen Cha Ching Queen on Oct 23, 2022

    These are awesome! I just included the coffee grinds as a fertilizer hack in our original post! We appreciate it! I think our three little kids would love the peach pit-to-tree experience!