Tasty & super easy ways to Use Veggie & Fruit Peels!!
Get Farm Fresh is here to knock off some of those misconceptions and add some flavour to recycling fruit peels. Looking into the benefits of vegetable skins, we give you some ingenious ways to cook these peels and turn them into delicious treats for you and your family.
Let’s dive straight in.
#Turn Potato peels into crispy wafers!
Potatoes are extremely versatile vegetables. It gels along with any veggie quite comfortably and it’s an all time favourite of kids too! Did you know that even potato peels can be used to make crispy chips? Here's how -
Soak the peels in water for at least 20 minutes. Take them out and let them dry; once they are dried, add some seasoning like garlic powder, salt and pepper, red chilli powder. If you wish to bake them, then drizzle some oil and bake them in a preheated oven. If you wish to fry them, just toss them in a pan full of pre-heated oil. Your perfect evening snacks are ready to be devoured and of course, without wasting anything!
# Make a calming tea using Apple peels
We all know the famous adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away." The benefits of apples extend to its peels as well as they are loaded with vitamins A and C. According to the University of Illinois, nearly half of an apple’s vitamin C content lies beneath its skin.
Apple peels could be used in making apple jams or jelly. Apart from this, apple peels can be added to your tea for some exotic flavour. Boil the peels with your green or black tea to enhance the flavour. So, if you wish to make your own apple-peel tea at home, all you need to do is to add apple peels in at least two cups of water and bring it to boil until the water takes away all the goodness from the peels. Remove the peels from the water. You can add cinnamon powder, cardamom or cloves in it and along with them add honey and lemon to enhance the flavour. The mild taste of the spices along with the fruity flavour makes up for a very soothing and comforting hot drink.
# Who is ready to go jammin' with Watermelon Rind?
Watermelon always has a cutting edge over other fruits with its profound benefits.The eye-catching watermelon slice tempts everyone but we often ignore the green scraps which ends up being trashed. Even its rinds make upto a good source of fibre and water. Preparing jams with watermelon rinds might seem like a lot of hustle but it’s like a piece of cake. All you need to take care of is the temperature and your patience.
So, to make watermelon rind jam, all you need is a cup of the rind, diced into small pieces and 1 cup of apple also diced. 2 cups of sugar and lemon juice with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Add all of these ingredients to a saucepan and heat it until it comes to a boil. Keep stirring and cooking until the rinds become soft and mushy. You can also add a cinnamon stick or some cinnamon powder to give it a spicy taste. Now take it off the flame and add to heated glass jars. Close the lid and put the jars in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Now take them out and let them cool. Your rind jam is ready.
#Think twice before tossing those pineapple peels
We can’t get away with the awful thorny pineapple skin when we don’t even think twice to discard the skin. As the saying goes- “Never judge a book by its cover". The benefits of this fruit skin is quite a food for thought as it contains the enzyme bromelain (an anti-inflammatory that’s also useful in clearing up sinus congestion), manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, and vitamin B is a hefty list of benefits.While there are ways to eat the peels, your best bet is to boil it down to make a tea.
# Citrus Rind Spicy-Sour-Sweet Rice Paste
If you're interested in trying out a south Indian style rice recipe, do give this a shot. Orange peel sweet and sour rice paste tastes really amazing and is a bit of a detailed procedure which you can check out here.
The only caveat in all of these recipes would be to ensure the peels are washed well as many of these fruits require lot of pesticide use.
Now that you know these healthy benefits and recipes of fruit and veggie peels, don't ever toss them away. Make sure you turn them into a tasty dish, tea, jam for your family! Which one are you going to try first?!