Woman's trick to stop food waste and take home cooking to new level – using two items

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Many of us don't think twice about tossing food waste into the bin.

But with a staggering 9.5 million tonnes of food thrown away annually in the UK, as reported by Business Waste, it's clear this is an issue that needs addressing.

One culinary enthusiast and food blogger, Carleigh Bodrug, is determined to make a change. She has come up with a novel way to give our kitchen scraps a second life and it could just take your cooking to the next level.

Taking to her Instagram account, @plantyou, Carleigh unveiled her innovative recipe for onion and garlic peel powder, which is surprisingly simple to make.

"Stop throwing out those garlic and onion peels," she urged her five million followers, before vowing to turn them into 'magic' as part of her Scrappy Cooking series. In this series, she reveals ingenious methods to repurpose typically discarded food remnants.

The process begins with Carleigh washing the peels in a mixture of vinegar and water. She then arranges them on a baking sheet and dries them out at the lowest oven temperature for several hours.

Carleigh didn't specify the exact time needed in the oven, instead suggesting her followers keep an eye on the peels until they are crisp and moisture-free. "Then blend them up and you have your own onion garlic seasoning," she explained.

She shared a clever kitchen hack on her social media, demonstrating how she turns onion skins into a versatile seasoning powder. The guru showed followers how she grinds the skins into a fine dust and stores it in an empty spice jar for easy use when cooking.

Onion powder is a fantastic alternative to fresh onions, offering convenience as it eliminates the need for peeling and chopping. It's perfect for a variety of global dishes.

For an extra burst of flavour, Bodrug suggests mixing onion powder with garlic powder. Alternatively, you can keep them separate depending on your culinary needs.

Her followers were quick to engage with her post, expressing their eagerness to try the tip themselves. One follower commented: "What a great idea! I save my veggie scraps in a bag in the freezer. Just keep adding to it, then when it's full I make broth. So flavourful."

Another chimed in saying: "I have a bag of onion skins going right now to do this."