In my ongoing fascination with the things I typically throw away, even in the compost pile, I thought I’d look up some of the most interesting ways to reuse garlic skins. Some, I already do, but there are a few new uses in this list I thought you might want to try.
Don’t toss those papery white skins!
1) Save them in your freezer and use for your vegetable or chicken stock. I also throw them in my slow-cooked beans to add more flavor.
2) Compost them.
3) Keep the skins on your garlic when you roast it and the protective skin layer keeps your garlic soft on the inside.
4) Eat it! According to the Daily Mail, the skin on fruits and veggies shouldn’t be discarded. As for garlic: “Peeling garlic cloves removes the phenylpropanoid antioxidants which help fight the ageing process and protect the heart.”
5) Make a paper rose out of your garlic skins.
6) Turns out garlic skin is a major antioxidant. Plan on seeing it in all sorts of health products in the near future.
7) Add them to your handmade paper recipe. They add a lovely texture.
8) Dye your hair with them using a natural ayurvedic technique.