Clever ways to use up fruit stones, pits and seeds

Range of stoned fruit on a worktop | Alternative uses for fruit stones | Tesco Living

If you find yourself with a heap of leftover pits and stones after cooking, don't throw them away, recycle them.

How to reuse avocado stones

Make your avocado go further and use the stone, too. Leave the stone to dehydrate until you can peel off the outer shell, then blitz in a blender or grate it into smoothies and salads.

How to roast melon seeds

Scoop out the melon seeds, rinse them in a sieve, drain and pat dry. Toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper and pop in the oven for 30 minutes on gas mark 3.

Once roasted, crack open the shell to release the inner seed – they’re perfect for adding a crunch to salads or for snacking.

Roasted melon seeds on a baking tray | Fruit stone hacks | Tesco Living

Make your own potpourri

Add dried stones from apricots, peaches, nectarines or plums to dried flowers, citrus fruits, herbs and spices to freshen up the smell of your home in an instant.

Make hand warmers from dried cherry pit

Take the pits from cherries, give them a wash and simmer in a pan of water for 20 minutes. Remove when cool and pat dry with a paper towel, then leave them to completely dry out overnight. Once dry, use them to make DIY hand warmers.

Watch this video to see how it's done - just replace the rice with the dried cherry pits.

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