There are times in my life when the nerd in me puts on a metaphorical cape and mask to become SUPER NERD, and I become compelled to find out as much as possible about whichever rabbit hole swallowed me whole. Recently I have been finding as much as possible about zero food waste. Stupid me. I thought zero food waste was just using all the foods you buy and not letting them ruin before consumption. As usual, I was wrong. It turns out zero waste literally means using every part of everything using composting or chicken feeding as the last possible resort. Time for a science experiment?
I had bought an 8 pound bag of potatoes which is about 6 pounds too many for a family of two who eat very few potatoes. We had been having baked potatoes with meals for a couple or three weeks, but I still had a potato basket that was pretty full. Plus they were getting a tad soft. Not sprouting but just not as firm as they had been.
I decided we could have mashed potatoes this week and I would dice and cook them, and stick em in the fridge until I was ready to mash them for dinner. So I peeled them, stuck them in salted water to cook then began cleaning my mess. Oh no! How could I possibly toss the peels?
So I didn't. Instead I put them in the air fryer, sprayed a spritz of olive oil on them and cooked them at 370 for 4 minutes. I took them out, shook the basket to flip as many over as I could with a couple of shakes, spritzed them again and finished cooking them for 4 1/2 more minutes.
I removed them with tongs to a paper towel on a plate, lightly salted them, then put them in a bowl. I tried them and was shocked. There were like little feathery, crispy bits of french fry tasting deliciousness. I was not going to discount the fact that I might be biased, wanting the experiment to be successful. I got TheHub to try them and he also thought they were great, but I needed another opinion. About that time, Son2 came in and was recruited to be guinea pig number 2. He gave it his seal of approval, they left and I ate the rest of them. Lucky me!
Now I am going to start doing this with all my potato peels, but am also secretly wondering what carrot peels and sweet potato peels done the same way might taste like. Luckily I am always game for a little experiment.