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You Should Stop Throwing Away These Useful Food Scraps

If you’re like the average American, you probably waste more food than you’d like to admit. But you can curb the waste — and get back on good terms with your budget — by rethinking some of the food scraps that you automatically throw in the garbage. Keeping them out of the trash will help you enjoy more and waste less of the food you buy at the grocery store or the farmers market each week.

Below, check out some of the food scraps that you can actually eat or put to use in your kitchen.

1. Apple peels

fresh apples in wicker basket on wooden table

fresh apples in wicker basket on wooden table Fresh apples | iStock.com/YelenaYemchuk

If you or your kids don’t like eating apples with the peels still on them, then you’re probably in the habit of throwing those peels in the trash. (The same goes for frequent bakers who often have to peel their apples to use in desserts.) However, The Washington Post reports that keeping the skins on not only spares you a prep step, but gives you a lot more nutrition. The Post notes that two-thirds of an apple’s fiber is found in the peel. So is most of its supply of an antioxidant called quercetin.