- Vegetable Parings
- Watermelon Rinds
- Banana Peels
- Citrus Rinds
- Bread Crumbs
- Flour left from breading meat, rolling out crust, or kneading biscuits
- Leftover French Toast Batter
- Chicken Drippings, Giblets, and Bones
- I render fat from the skin, too.
- Soured Milk and Cream
to their fullest.
I don't remember where I read about it first, but I've learned to use fruit parings as well. I collect fruit parings (other than watermelon, citrus, and banana skins, of course) in their own bag in the freezer. Most such fruit parings for us are apple and pear cores, but I also include pineapple parings and cores, strawberry ends, peach pits, cantaloupe peel, etc.--but nothing moldy. When the bag is full, I put the contents in a pot with some water, and boil it the same way I boil vegetable stock and bone broth.
Once the parings have boiled sufficiently (the water should be somewhat reduced and the color of juice), I pour it all through a strainer, set the pot on top of the mash in the strainer to help the juice drain out, and let it all cool. Lining the strainer with cheese cloth is a good idea, but not mandatory. The resulting liquid is like a juice concentrate. I mix it half-and-half with water and serve that to the boys instead of buying juice. I also sometimes mix it with soda for a treat.
To keep the juice from spoiling before it's used, I store it in pint and half-pint jars, keeping some in the freezer. I think it would also be good to freeze it in a lined muffin tin or in ice cube trays for single- and double- serving portions. You could also spoil it deliberately by making vinegar, although I have not tried that.
Now, what about that fruit mash that you've just strained of juice? I pick out the hard bits--seeds, pits, stems, etc.--and any leaves and take a potato masher to what remains. You could also use a food processor or blender. The resulting puree can be used in place of applesauce in baking. My last batch produced 1.5 cups of puree, which I used in a Food.com recipe for Applesauce Bread. I used cooking oil instead of butter (what I had on hand) and half the sugar, and everyone was happy with the product.
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