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Simple Tip: Use Plastic Bags as Disposable Garbage Bowls

Rachael Ray may have popularized the concept of the garbage bowl, but I have my own version that I think is even better. When peeling, trimming, and chopping vegetables, I like to cut open a plastic bag — the kind you get the produce in works just fine — and use it as a makeshift container for all the vegetable scraps.

Not only do I feel like I'm getting one more use out of a plastic bag that would sooner be trash, but I also don't have to worry about washing another dish. Cleanup couldn't be easier: dump the scraps into a compost pail, or wrap the mess into a plastic ball and toss it away.

How do you dispose of kitchen scraps?

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betty-kraker betty-kraker 7 years
we cut the top off of a milk jug and put all our scraps in that and freeze them until trash day and on the plastic bad i recycle all of them paper towel toilet paper store any plastic sack that is recyclable and i use them for small trash cans
hotpants76 hotpants76 7 years
i do the same thing. why have a garbage bowl that you're going to have to wash when all is said and done...
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
I re-melt the plastic bags in my oven and pour the molten plastic into molds shaped like baby dolphins that I use as decorations or give as gifts.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I freeze most of my veggie scraps that are usable for stock. When I have enough saved up, I dump it all in a pot with some herbs and salt and pepper and water and make some yummy veggie stock.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Greenwaste (my collector) directs us to put the stuff directly in the can we have for yard waste (leaves and lawn).
Food Food 7 years
I just cut it open using the knife I'm already chopping with!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I give what I can to my guinea pig (he would go NUTS for that pile of carrot shavings!) and compost the rest. But I do use plastic bags like this for when I'm trimming chicken. I always get one of those flimsy plastic bags in the grocery store to wrap around the package of chicken, then at home I reuse that bag for the scraps. Then I throw it out, or if trash day isn't soon, I freeze it until I can throw it out.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I compost as well. It's so easy, Actually, for our 1 year anniversary last August, my hubby got me a cute red ceramic compost container for the counter. I empty it into a big bucket I keep hidden on the porch, and when that's full, I dump it in the compost heap in our woods. I feel bad throwing out food when it can be turned into soil for our garden,
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I do this too, minus the cutting part.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I put a paper towel in the sink and peel it onto it. Then I just pick up the towel, wipe the sink and toss it. I love the idea of saving it for stock! I never thought about that.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
Lately I've been pulling my ziploc bag out of the freezer and tossing most scraps into it in order to make stocks later. They fill up really fast! For the pieces that don't go in the ziploc, I do the same thing as you. I always have either a bag I just emptied or a paper towel or packaging that will get thrown out, so I dump my trash in there and off to the garbage can when I am done.
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