Onion power

Cotton balls and disposable razors aren't the only things that fill up our trash bins at home, a lot of food waste also goes in there. While there is some debate as to whether cucumbers and apples are better with or without their skin, most people would agree that onion skins have got to go. Next time you peel an onion, however, don't be so quick to throw the skins away. Find out why in the following six tips:

Easter egg dye

Okay, so Easter is still a while away, but it's never too early to starting collecting onion skins. Onion skin dye will make your eggs radiate in beautiful brown, violet, and tan tones. All you need to do is cook the eggs and skins together in boiling water. Alternatively, you could put the skins directly on the egg shell and wrap both with aluminum foil before cooking.

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Soup flavoring

Onion skins not only add quite a bit of flavor to soups, but also give the broth a beautiful natural brown color. You can also save them if you ever decide to make your own broth or bouillon.

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Protection for plants

Onion skins work well at protecting plants from certain fungi and insects. Mix 3.5 oz  of onion skins with four cups  of water and let it sit for seven days in an airtight container. Before using the concentrated onion sludge, make sure you dilute it with 10 parts water.

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Prevent calf cramps

Onion skin broth is a natural way to prevent calf cramps. Cook two handfuls of onion skins in water for 10-20 minutes at a low temperature. Strain the onion skins out of the liquid and drink one cup every day before going to sleep. Waking up from painful cramps will soon be a thing of the past.

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