24 Ways to Cook with Scraps

If you’ve ever cringed as you’ve thrown out a few spoonfuls of yogurt, wondered whether broccoli stalks could meet a happier fate than the trash (or even the compost), or unsuccessfully tried to scrape the dregs from the peanut butter jar, then this post is for you. Below, tips for using stalks, stems and tops; chicken bones and fat; stale bread; and those last bits of yogurt and PB. Whether you’re already a closed-loop cooking pro, or are just trying to be a bit greener, take inspiration from these clever recipes to waste less in the kitchen (and be rewarded deliciously):

Produce Scraps:

Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies

Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies

Celery Root and Apple Soup with Tarragon

Celery Root and Apple Soup with Tarragon

Velvety Mushroom Soup: The Best Use for Mushroom Stems

Velvety Mushroom Soup: The Best Use for Mushroom Stems

Broccoli Marrow with Pecan Garlic Butter

Broccoli Marrow with Pecan Garlic Butter

Cauliflower Leaves Have a New Purpose in Life

Cauliflower Leaves Have a New Purpose in Life

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata

Stop Tossing Your Pineapple Peels: Turn Them Into Tea, Instead

Stop Tossing Your Pineapple Peels: Turn Them Into Tea, Instead

Moroccan Beet Greens

Moroccan Beet Greens

Tuscan Ribollita

Tuscan Ribollita

French

French “Peasant” Beets

Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad

Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad

Peanut Butter Dregs:

The Best Use For Your Empty Jar of Peanut Butter

The Best Use For Your Empty Jar of Peanut Butter

Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale

Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Yogurt Dregs:

Joaquín Simó's Pearls Before Swine (A Yogurt Cocktail)

Joaquín Simó’s Pearls Before Swine (A Yogurt Cocktail)

Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing

Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing

Mable's Texas Sheet Cake

Mable’s Texas Sheet Cake

Chicken Fat and Chicken Bones:

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

Apple and Onion Schmaltz

Apple and Onion Schmaltz

Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup

Joan Nathan’s Chosen Matzo Ball Soup

Stale Bread:

Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs

Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs

The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco

The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco

Rum Glazed Coconut Bread Pudding

Rum Glazed Coconut Bread Pudding

Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread

Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread

Got any closed-loop cooking tips? Tell us in the comments!

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