facebook pinterest twitter instagram

Spending Strike Day 17 ~ 3 Kitchen Items that are NOT Trash

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on your purchase. Learn more here.

It’s Day 17 of the 30 Days Spend Nothing {or as close to nothing as you can} Strike!

30 Day Spend Nothing {or as close to nothing as possible} Spending Strike


So far in January, I’ve spent a total of $66 in this Spending Strike – on fruit, fresh vegetables, and a bit of dairy products. Today, I’m sharing 3 kitchen items that are NOT trash in my home. Spending nothing requires me to be a bit more creative, and I have found that all of these 3 items, that many people would simply throw out, have another practical use beyond what might seem normal.

3 Kitchen Items that Aren't Trash

So here are Three Kitchen Items that are NOT Trash in my house:

1. Rotten Bananas – Yes! Rotten bananas. In fact, I often buy rotten bananas on purpose. They make great additions to smoothies or can be used for the most delicious chocolate chip banana bread evah! Simply peel, slice, bag, throw in the freezer and use at will!

2. Bacon Grease – Yes! Bacon grease. Don’t throw that out. It’s an awesome {and FREE} cooking fat! I use it to fry eggs and all sorts of veggies. It adds such a nice flavor and you don’t even need to add additional bacon bits. Simply pour off the bacon grease into a container, put a lid on it, and store it in the fridge. When you need a cooking fat, just take a spoonful out, put in the pan, and viola! Instant, free, delicious cooking fat.

3. Butter Wrappers – Yes! Butter wrappers are great. Especially if they’ve got a little melty butter on them. I simply fold them up, store them in a container, and put them in the fridge. When I need to butter a baking dish, I pull them out and smear the little leftover butter all over my cupcake pan, bread pan, or whatever. 🙂

There are THREE kitchen items that I do not feel are trash. How about you? What do you save that other people might throw away?

It’s your turn! Please link up your Spending Strike posts using the linky below!

SimplifyLiveLove is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankJulie says

    Egg shells we bake them when we have the oven on, crush them and feed them back to the chickens. But they are good planted with your tomatoes in the summer too! We save the rind off Parmesan chunks then this gets melted into soups! Obviously tea bags and coffee grinds go into the compost heap. The wood ash from the fire goes on the garden.

  2. blankStacey says

    I bake a lot of banana bread for our family and also for our local farmers’ market. You don’t even need to slice those babies before you freeze them. Just peel and freeze in the increments you need for your recipe.

    We also save egg shells in the freezer for planting with tomatoes in the spring.

    My family doesn’t like the heels of bread, so I save them for bread crumbs in recipes.

    And chicken carcasses, ends of carrots/onions/celery are used for homemade chicken stock. (all saved in the freezer)

  3. blankAmanda says

    I never thought about saving butter wrappers to grease a dish with. Great idea! I love using rotten bananas for banana bread. My husband and I purposely let a few go bad just to have an excuse to make it 😉

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Yeah – I can’t remember where I heard that tip about the butter wrappers, but mother in law saw me do it one day and told me most families used to do that, back in the day {when people were less wasteful}! Thanks for commenting, Amanda!

  4. blankKim says

    bananas for sure, like Stacey, I don’t slice them either, just peel & freeze
    all glass jars & lids are kept for storing something else later or used as vases, traded to my honey people for honey
    Some plastic spice bottles are kept to store (& gift) our homemade spice mixes (ranch, onion soup mix, & dry rubs)
    shredded parmesean bottle lids are kept for reusing on mason jars
    egg cartons returned to the Amish to refill
    dry bread & buns are frozen to make into crumbs for a recipe
    the paper bags the grocery store puts the discounted produce in, saved to collect dryer lint for the compost bin
    (oops kind of got on a roll, sorry)

    • blankMichelle Marine says

      Clearly, I’m going to have to do a re-do of this post! I didn’t think long enough or hard enough. I also turn stale bread into bread crumbs. You seem to have reusing down! Good job. 🙂

  5. blankLisa F. says

    The butter wrapping idea is great! I never thought of that, and I LOVE to use every bit of things. Thanks for the idea!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *