A book has just changed our routine. Her name ? Peelings, all you can do with them. Published by Eyrolles, it is a mine of cooking, garden, beauty and care tips in order to use wisely the peelings of our fruits and vegetables, reduced most of the time, to end their life in the trash (with compost , for good students). Taken from this anti-waste ABCs developed by the author and blogger Marie Cochard, here are the favorite peeling tips of the editorial staff.
Use the peelings, but why?
If you are skeptical of the idea of reusing peelings, here are some arguments that will allow you to review your considerations. Your peelings - provided that they come from organic food - are very often edible and packed with nutrients. Moreover, they are much richer than you think because they are not limited to the skin but also include seeds, pits, haulms, pods, leaves and others left behind from the fruit or vegetable. Reusing peelings therefore allows you to take advantage of all the benefits of the food while fighting against waste. Because, as the author Marie Cochard recalls, "50% of foodstuffs in the world end up every day in a trash can." Reducing waste means respecting food and those who eat it, but also reducing our waste! An eco-responsible approach, easy to apply on a daily basis. Finally, offering a second life to peelings saves money. All while having fun! You have the surprising tips, recipes and do it yourself!
Peelings for the home
What to do with our artichoke leaves? A lot of things according to Marie who offers us to dye our laundry thanks to them. To do this, bring several handfuls of leaves to a boil in water and alum salt. Let cool and soak your laundry for several hours, depending on the desired shade. Let dry out of the sun. Silverware to shine before step-mom arrives? Use your banana peels for this! Likewise, lemon peel works wonders for the household. You can slip a large end into your machine to make your dishes shine. Another good tip, use the cucumber peel to clean stainless sinks. Cucumber peelings remove dirt and give your taps a shine. The power of cucumber peel doesn't stop there. If your children thought they were Picasso by decorating the living room walls with a pen, rub with these peelings to remove all traces! It's not just peelings in life; the shells are great too. Starting with those of oysters. As Marie reveals to us, they are extremely effective against tartar. Do not hesitate to slip them - perfectly washed, of course - in the tank of your toilet but also in your coffee maker, your kettle, your washing machine, etc.
Peelings for plants
Small potpourri of garlic peelings keep insects away from your garden. As for garlic manure (obtained by crushing the pod and the skin and by boiling them in water) it is an excellent aphid repellent. Other tips, the broccoli feet will keep the flies from your vegetable garden at bay and the lemon peels will keep the ants away. A major ally against pests? Rhubarb. Marie Cochard gives us the secret: soak 200 grams of rhubarb leaves in 3 liters of boiling water for two days. Spray this vegetable manure on your roses and in your orchard and vegetable patch. Fancy a pretty and original houseplant at a lower cost? Plant the rest of the ginger root in a pot with a little soil; the "eyes" should be facing up. Your cuttings should benefit from a lot of water and light to reveal some buds. After a few months, other roots will appear and your ginger will be perfectly at ease in your living room. And to grow all your plants, in the garden as at home, make your own fertilizer, by grinding the edges of your fish. Rich in phosphorus, they will help your plants to grow.
Peelings for healing
Against minor ailments, fruits and vegetables also hold treasures. And this, even when they don't end up on our plates. Marie Cochard teaches us that infusing garlic peelings in a tea ball helps get rid of a winter cold. Hoarsely, drink broth of leek green. We made more greedy but this hot drink rich in sulfur will soften your voice. Against canker sores, Marie gives you an idea: mouthwashes from a decoction of carrot tops (a handful for two glasses of water to a boil). As for the fennel plume, these little green shoots that you throw in the trash without looking, you can no longer count their benefits. In infusion, they relieve bloating and indigestion problems. While the decoction of the plume, placed on the eyelids, protects us from conjunctivitis. Do like us: do not throw away your peelings without having thought carefully. And find many other tips in Marie Cochard's book: Les Épluchures, by Marie Cochard, ed. Eyrolles. As well as on his blog.