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2X4: Brilliant Uses for Banana Peels

You know that bananas are high in potassium and are delicious in smoothies, but did you know that their peels are full of nutrients, too? Put your peels to work around your home with these brilliant uses:

             

Photo 1: Paul Wever

Shine Your Silverware. If you have tarnished silver, look no further than your fruit bowl to shine it up. First, blend your banana peel with water until it forms a paste. Rub the paste onto your silver with a soft cloth and then rinse your silverware thoroughly. Be sure to dry your silverware before putting it back into a drawer, or you’ll be stuck with moldy silver. To learn more about silverware care, read: Polish Your Silverware.

Attract Birds & Butterflies. Birds and butterflies do more for your garden than just look pretty. These charming yard visitors pollinate your flowers, too! To attract birds and butterflies to your yard, place a ripe banana peel with a few holes poked through it in your garden. Just remember to bury your peel or remove it when the sun sets, or you’ll encourage raccoons and other unwanted creatures, too.

Tenderize Your Meat. Few things are more disappointing than a dry roast. To keep your meat moist, add a ripe banana peel to the roasting pan. It will ensure that your roast stays juicy while it cooks! If you don’t have a tried-and-true roast recipe, try this rock salt roast prime rib. Don’t be fooled by its name – it won’t taste too salty when it comes out of the oven.

Protect Your Plants. Aphids are the last thing you want around your hard-to-grow plants like roses. Commonly known as “plant lice,” aphids are among the most destructive insect pests around. They find your garden delicious and will totally destroy your hard work! To fight them, bury cut up banana peels deep in your soil. The aphids will smell the banana and scurry off!

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