I am re-posting this as a couple of folks have asked for it!
Here is a wonderful way to save money, have gourmet items in your pantry and enjoy great tastes!
will need a food dehydrator or an oven and a way to grind the dried
material into a powder. Spice grinders, coffee grinders, food processors
are all good. Work with what you have or are comfortable with. Once
ground into powder, store the powders in baby food jars, spice jars or
whatever tightly lidded jars you have handy. Sterilize and COMPLETELY
DRY jars before putting powder in. Also, put an O2 absorber in each jar.
tomato peels that are usually flung in the trash when you can tomatoes?
Dry them out, nice and VERY dry, grind them into powder. Tomato powder
sells for big bucks in gourmet shops, but essentially, it is made from
peels that would otherwise be discarded.
Use the powder to boost
the flavor in soups, stews and sauces, add some to your tortilla recipe
to make those gourmet *tomato wraps* most people pay a premium price
for. Make your own pasta? Add tomato powder! Add to softened butter for
tomato butter (great on steaks and fish!) Combined with dry milk and a
few spices, you can have a quick and easy instant tomato soup! Toss
tomato powder into your favorite breading recipe to add a little sparkle
to the flavor of fried chicken or fried fish. Add a teaspoon to your
salad dressing and shake!
Grate orange peels or
toss in a blender or chopper to have your own orange zest without paying
those high supermarket prices. Orange zest can also be used in home
made soap recipes. I have even dried out orange peels, ground them up
and added a teaspoon or two to a regular bottle of shampoo for a
citrus-wake-me-up scent. Orange powder can also be used in sachets and
pomanders to repel insects and freshen closets.
(powdered) can have a *bitter* taste to them if you get too much of the
inner white peel in the powder, so be careful of that! You can also add
orange powder to salad dressings, breading, butter, ginger ale (orange
ginger ale is pretty good). Use your imagination!
Dry those apple peels out nice and very dry and grind into powder as with tomato peels.
peel powder is great to add to oatmeal and other cooked cereals. A
teaspoon in a glass of ginger ale is lovely on a hot day, or add a
teaspoon to a hot mug of tea on a cold winter night. Toss some apple
powder into your body wash for a wonderful scent, or add to unscented
talcum powder and dust some on! Apple powder can also be used as a
sachet scent or in a pomander.
Slice up your
leftover raw broccoli very thin and dry it completely. Grind into
powder. Mix with cream cheese and sour cream and a smidge of tomato
powder for a great dip. Broccoli powder + dried milk + water = cream of
broccoli soup. (I always scatter some grated cheese on top) Again, use
SPINACH STEMS AND PIECES
Dry out completely.
Grind into powder. Spinach powder + sour cream + cream cheese + spices =
terrific dip or spread for crackers! Cream of spinach soup when mixed
with dry milk and water.
Add to pasta dough when making pasta. Add to flour tortilla recipe. Good to add to salad dressings or mayonnaise.
have to be careful with this. If you grow your own or buy locally, you
should be okay. You cannot dry out most store bought cuke skins as they
are wax coated! That being said--dry out totally and grind into powder.
Add to cream cheese or sour cream (or both-mixed) for a nice dip or
flavorful spread. Cucumber is a pretty popular additive to bath salts,
soaps, shampoos, etc. Add to alcohol and water (half and half) in the
summer and put in a spritz bottle. Spray yourself to stay *cool as a...*
you know the rest! A teaspoon added to a bottle of salad dressing is
great for cool summer salads. Add to mayonnaise.
CELERY BITS AND PIECES
thin and dry completely before grinding into powder. Use in place of
celery seed in soups and stews. Add to salad dressings, dips, spreads or
mayonnaise. I like to sprinkle it on deviled eggs (VERY lightly!).
CANTELOUPE RINDS (ALSO WATERMELON OR ANY MELON)
one always gets me weird looks, lol! Okay, there is ALWAYS some
leftover *meat* in that rind. Dig it out, slice it into thin slices and
dry it out. (NOW you can toss those rinds in the compost heap!) Once
dry, grind into powder.
A teaspoon in a glass of ginger ale is
absolute heaven on a hot day in July! Adding watermelon powder to hot
tea sounds weird, but is actually pretty good! Add some to unscented
I have used watermelon powder in a white cake batter to
make a watermelon cake. (It was terrific! Just add 3 to 5 teaspoons
(depends on your tastes) to batter and mix in well. Add to softened
cream cheese, sour cream and add a bit of honey and mix well to make a
dip for fruits.
So, there you go...eat your garbage!