12 things you didn’t know you could do with leftover fruit and veg skins

Posted by Emily Eades on 6 May 2016

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Pause before you toss surplus skins in the bin, and try one of these tasty uses for them instead.

Fruit infused booze

Any citrus peel scraps, or wedges of leftover fruit, will do.  Simply muddle together, with any clear spirit, leave and enjoy. Bottoms up!

Fruit infused cocktails
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Root vegetable crisps

Scrape root vegetable skins from the chopping board, season in salt and pepper, deep fry, dry and devour. Delicious.

Root vegetable crisps
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Vegetable peel broth

Stash vegetable ends and peels in the freezer until you have a big enough batch to bubble in a pan with hot water to make your own soup, risotto or stew stock.

Vegetable peel broth
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Candied peel

Satiate a sweet tooth by boiling citrus peel in sugared water, leaving to dry, then rolling in sugar one last time. Just don’t tell your dentist!

Candied peel
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Fruit infused water

Give an otherwise ordinary jug of water a boost of flavour with a handful of leftover citrus skins. Taste the sunshine indeed.

Fruit infused water
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Lemon or chilli oil

Give olive oil a zesty lift with lemon scraps added to a bottle and left to infuse. Perfect drizzled on salads. You can make chilli oil the same way and just add seeds slowly, depending on how fiery you like your spice. Perfect served with pizza. Yum.

Lemon or chilli oil
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Lemon salt

Before you throw away wrung-out lemon halves, zest the skins, leave the scrapings to dry over night, mix with some decent sea salt, bottle and preserve. Delicious sprinkled on salads, spuds and fish.

Lemon salt
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Citrus sugar

Make flavoured sugar by drying fruit peel or zest and shaking together with your chosen sugar crystals to use at a later date. Flavoured sugar is a great way of making a simple sponge taste properly fancy. Or you could even add a spoonful to your chosen afternoon brew.

Flavoured sugar with citrus fruits
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Frozen fruit ice cubes

Add a pretty twist to cocktails and drinks with frozen ice cubes filled with vividly coloured leftover fruit peel.

Frozen fruit ice cubes
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Fruit chutney

Simmer apple peel with lemon zest, water and plenty of sugar and you’ll be spooning tasty chutney onto crackers in no time.

Fruit chutney
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Preserve brown sugar

Stop brown sugar from hardening by popping a piece of lemon peel in the bag – it absorbs moisture keeping your sugar crystals in perfect condition. Who knew?

Brown sugar
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Roasted veg peel

Instead of scraping them into the bin, spread your curly vegetable rinds over the base of a roasting pan, drizzle with oil, season and roast. Crunchy and nutritious. Yes please!

Roasted veg peel
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Main image viaShutterstock: jean schweitzer

 

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