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What To Do With Leftover Sweet Potato Peels

What To Do With Leftover Sweet Potato Peels | Muzzarelli Farms, Vineland NJ

While many of us like to keep the peel on our sweet potatoes when preparing them, some recipes require that the peel be removed. So what can you do with leftover sweet potato peels?

Sweet Potato Peel Chips

While you could try to make sweet potato peels with leftover sweet potato peels, a small amount of the inside of the potato is usually needed for that recipe. You could, however, make sweet potato peel chips! Just soak the sweet potato peels in water for a bit, then drain and let dry. Toss the peels with a little olive oil and sea salt, then bake on a baking sheet until they're crispy. How long to bake the sweet potato peels depends on how thick the peels are and how many there are.

After you remove the sweet potato chips from the oven, add seasonings to flavor. Some seasonings you can add include salt, garlic powder, paprika, and herbs. You can also add Ranch salad seasoning, bacon bits, and of course, cheese! Serve the sweet potato peels with sour cream and some chopped green onions on top.

You can also bake sweet potato peels in an air fryer, and even fry them in a deep fryer (but drain them on a paper towel before eating).

Sweet Potato Peel Broth

Boil the sweet potato peels in water for about 10 minutes, add a little bit of a salt and pepper, let cool just a bit, and drink up! The rich, earthy, slightly sweet broth is delicious and full of nutrients.

Use Sweet Potato Peels in Place of Breadcrumbs

If you're making a meal that requires breadcrumbs, you can substitute sweet potato peels instead, which are gluten-free and add a nice, rich, sweet taste to the meal. To prepare the sweet potato peels, process them in a food processer until the pieces are the size of rolled oats. But don't process for too long, or they'll get sticky! Just replace the breadcrumbs in the recipe with the sweet potato peel preparation by a ratio of one to one.

Sweet Potato Peels in Your Beauty Regimen

Believe it or not, sweet potato peels can brighten and even out blotchy skin! Add them to your beauty regimen if you're not allergic to potatoes. Just rub sweet potato peels on the problem area every day. You can also rub the peels on your face to reduce wrinkles, apply a mask of crushed potato peels to dark under-eye bags (rinse off after 20 minutes), and help get rid of acne by using a face mask of crushed sweet potato peels.

Sweet potato peels can also add shine to your hair. Boil sweet potato peels in water until they're soft, allow water to cool to where it's not scalding hot, and apply to scalp. Massage into scalp for 5 to 10 minutes and leave in for another 15 minutes, then rinse off with regular water.

Although potatoes are safe to use on skin and hair, be sure to try on a small area first.

Add Sweet Potato Peels to Compost

Never put potato peels in your garbage disposal system, as the starch in them becomes sticky and can clog up your system. However, you can add potato peels (and sweet potato peels) to a compost pile. Don't worry about them sprouting, as the peels are thin and the temperature in the compost pile stays warm enough to decompose them quickly.

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