11 Ways You Should Be Using Food Scraps in the Kitchen and Around the House

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Cast iron lovers know their cookware has to be seasoned before it can be used, but did you know you can do this with potato peels? This works for carbon steel pans, too, and will save you time and money. Two potatoes’ worth of peels can get the manufacturer’s wax and grease off the pan. Wash the cookware in soapy, hot water with a bristle brush, dry it with a towel, place it over low heat, add 1/3 a cup of oil and 2/3 a cup of salt, stick in your peels, and cook it all over medium heat. Do this for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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