Helpful Homemaking Tip: Keep your kitchen fresh by stashing your scraps

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When I was living in Grand Rapids, one of my co-workers invited our group of young ladies over for some appetizers. Not only did I admire the delicious dips and her gorgeous custom-made bookshelves (I think a family member had a carpentry hobby), but this one little passing comment she made when someone opened her fridge:

She keeps a bowl or coffee can in her fridge to collect any produce scraps. Once it's full, she'll bag it up and throw it away, rather than letting it sit in her kitchen trash and stink up the entire room (or luring bugs).

I thought this was a great idea, especially for those of us without a sink disposal. Michael and I have kept a large bowl tucked on our bottom shelf that has been great for collecting our scraps that we'll take out once a week or so.

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  1. my mother in law did this as well but she would feed it to her dogs

  2. Ha! Unfortunately no doggies around here, but I guess that's one way of getting more veggies into their diet!

  3. I stash most of the scraps in a ziploc and stick it in the freezer; then when I want to make broth, I can use the skins/peels/ends from onions, garlic, celery, and carrots to flavor the broth without feeling as if I'm "wasting" a whole bunch of veggies. This tip would work great for the other veggies that I don't put in my broth, though, like potatoes or something. Thanks for sharing. :o)

  4. Thank you for sharing that, Arlene. That is something I never would have thought of! When I start making my own broth I will definitely have to try that. Brilliant!!

  5. My mom has been putting food waste in the freezer until garbage day forever.

  6. My mom has been putting food waste in the freezer until garbage day forever.


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