We are always looking at ways to reduce food waste, and today stumbled across a great one that I can’t believe we’ve never tried before! Rather than throwing away the potato peelings either whilst making a cracking roast dinner, we made salt and pepper potato peel crisps that were utterly spudtastic! Keep reading for the recipe below.
- Potato peelings
- 2 tsp oil
- Pinch of salt and pepper
How to make potato peel crisps
- Wash and dry the potatoes well and peel as many or as few potatoes as needed
- Spread the potato skins out on a baking tray and sprinkle with the oil. Lightly mix to ensure all potato peelings are lightly coated
- Cook in the oven at 200ºC for 15 mins. Make sure you check throughout and regularly turn to allow them to crisp evenly
- When they look crunchy and slightly brown in colour, take them out of the oven and allow to cool slightly
- Put them in a bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix and serve
Why is eating the potato peelings beneficial?
Healthy for you and the family
Potato peelings are actually where the majority of the vitamins and fibre is stored, rather than in the potato itself. Strange seeing as often to make things like mash potato we end up throwing out this more nutritional part! So eating the skins as a healthy snack will ensure you are still getting all the goodness the potato can provide to you and your family in a delicious way.
Reduce plastic and zero waste snacks
If we are eating these peelings as crisps then there is less need for us to buy crisps which come readily wrapped in plastic packaging. So not only are we reducing our plastic usage further but we are also reducing our food waste too. Meaning these leftover peelings really are a great zero waste snack, that are easy on the environment, costs nothing extra and will get the thumbs up all round.
Mix it up with different flavours and vegetables
You can try mixing different herbs and spices into your peelings to create new flavoured crisps, and also use the peelings from different vegetables like carrots or parsnips or even fruits like apples to create different types of crisps to try.