If you haven’t noticed, I’ve kinda been on a “make something for nothing” kick lately. First, it was ketchup from our backyard plants that just.keep.going. Then it was apple cider vinegar from the cores and peels of apples.
All this coking-for-free stuff got me thinking… if I hadn’t been doing something with these foods, they would most likely be ending up in the trash can.
Did you know that the average American family wastes 40% of the food they buy? Can you imagine how much money that equates to every year?
So turning our trash into treats (that’s a Halloween reference, by the way) is not only providing healthy food for us to eat, but it’s reducing our waste! And saving us money too.
Growing up, carving pumpkins was a REALLY big deal in our house. My mom would spread newspaper over our farm-style kitchen table, place several big spoons and a few knives on the table and we’d all get to work.
Everyone in the family carved at least one pumpkin, including my parents. One of my parents would take care of the stem, but then leave us to scoop out the “gook,” as my sister and I so affectionately called it.
We’d place the gook in a big bowl on the table and my mom would go through it, clean off all the seeds and roast them in the oven for us to eat.
I don’t remember which I looked forward to more, carving pumpkins, or eating the roasted pumpkin seeds.