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11 Super Creative Ways to Use Up Kitchen Scraps

11 Super Fun Ways to Reuse Kitchen Scraps


If you eat real food, you've got a real problem: kitchen scraps. From banana peels to kale stems, coffee grounds, egg shells, and everything in between, it adds up. And while composting is a great way to give your kitchen scraps new life, it can also be fun to get creative when it comes to all those extras. These tips can help.

1. Make croutons

Use up old bread before it starts to mold by making croutons. If your son insists that you cut off the crusts when you make him peanut butter sandwiches, don't throw them away. Take the remaining loaf or crusts of bread and cut them up into cubes to make these easy croutons:


  • 15 slices bread chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tsp garlic salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread bread cubes out on a cookie sheet and cover with butter and garlic salt. Toss with your hands.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to five days.

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