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If you've ever cringed as you've thrown out a few spoonfuls of yogurt, wondered whether broccoli stalks could meet a happier fate than the trash (or even the compost), or unsuccessfully tried to scrape the dregs from the peanut butter jar, then this post is for you. Below, tips for using stalks, stems and tops; chicken bones and fat; stale bread; and those last bits of yogurt and PB. Whether you're already a closed-loop cooking pro, or are just trying to be a bit greener, take inspiration from these clever recipes to waste less in the kitchen (and be rewarded deliciously):

Produce Scraps:

Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Broccoli Stems with Garlic and Anchovies
Celery Root and Apple Soup with Tarragon
Celery Root and Apple Soup with Tarragon
Velvety Mushroom Soup: The Best Use for Mushroom Stems
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Velvety Mushroom Soup: The Best Use for Mushroom Stems
Broccoli Marrow with Pecan Garlic Butter
Broccoli Marrow with Pecan Garlic Butter
Cauliflower Leaves Have a New Purpose in Life
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Cauliflower Leaves Have a New Purpose in Life
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto and Burrata
Stop Tossing Your Pineapple Peels: Turn Them Into Tea, Instead
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Stop Tossing Your Pineapple Peels: Turn Them Into Tea, Instead
Moroccan Beet Greens
Moroccan Beet Greens
Tuscan Ribollita
Tuscan Ribollita
French "Peasant" Beets
French "Peasant" Beets
Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad
Celeriac and Potato Soup with Mushroom, Walnut, and Celery Leaf Salad

Peanut Butter Dregs:

The Best Use For Your Empty Jar of Peanut Butter
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The Best Use For Your Empty Jar of Peanut Butter
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Spicy, Peanutty Udon with Kale
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Yogurt Dregs:

Joaquín Simó's Pearls Before Swine (A Yogurt Cocktail)
Joaquín Simó's Pearls Before Swine (A Yogurt Cocktail)
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Spiced Beet Salad with Citrus-Ginger Dressing
Mable's Texas Sheet Cake
Mable's Texas Sheet Cake

Chicken Fat and Chicken Bones:

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Chicken Stock
Chicken Stock
Apple and Onion Schmaltz
Apple and Onion Schmaltz
Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup
Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup

Stale Bread:

Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs
Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs
The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco
The Case of the Promiscuous Romesco
Rum Glazed Coconut Bread Pudding
Rum Glazed Coconut Bread Pudding
Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread
Reheated Minestra with Olive Oil and Stale Bread

Got any closed-loop cooking tips? Tell us in the comments!

Tags: scraps, sustainability, closed loop cooking