#Tip Of The Week: Waste Not Want More

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Waste Not – Want More!: Multi-purpose Pumpkin


Weighing the value of pumpkins. Pumpkin guts are often a mess to throw away, but there are plenty of reasons to go through the goo. Copyright 2011 Erika Emma Reimers.

Whether you buy a plump pumpkin this year or not, eating the roasted seeds from a pumpkin can be a tasty and nutritional treat! When you’re preparing your jack-o-lantern for Halloween this year or are finished with your decorative orange squash, remember not to overlook the valuable insides. After cutting open a circle around the top of the pumpkin, separate the seeds from the pulp and get ready for an easy trick to enjoy this delicious treat.

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Carving a pumpkin can be a fun way to mark the season. If you don’t celebrate Halloween, consider putting a whole pumpkin outside or inside your house for decoration, before harvesting the goodness inside. Copyright 2011 Erika Emma Reimers.

Waste Not – Want More!: Great Frozen Grapes


Round. Smooth. Plump. Juicy.

Whether picked off the vine, sprinkled in a salad or gobbled down with some cheese, grapes have an inherent POP that makes eating the juicy fruit a natural delight.

Once you pop, you won't want to stop eating this sweet treat. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Once you pop, you won’t want to stop eating this sweet treat. Grapes are an easy snack, frozen or not. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Fresh grapes of all colours are a sweet treat, but they might be even better frozen! To extend your enjoyment of nature’s candy, try this great tip!

*Tip* Works well with fresh fruit or is a great way to prolong the life of slightly withered grapes.

Rinse grapes with water to wash off any remaining dirt. Either pick off each grape or leave them on the vine and place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. Chill in the freezer for about 2 hours and enjoy at your leisure.

Grapes are an excellent low-calorie snack. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

This lactose-free frozen treat is a great way to save on ice cream and still have an addictive frozen snack, ready to eat in the freezer. First cultivated by the Egyptians about 7,000 years ago, grapes are high in soluble dietary fiber and have antioxidant properties that inhibit cancer-promoting hormones.

 Antioxidants prevent cell damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that are formed when the body uses oxygen.

Lactose-free and naturally yummy! Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

Lactose-free and naturally yummy! Above: frozen red grapes. Copyright 2012 Erika Emma Reimers.

D.I.Y. @ Home Beauty – new section coming soon!


Waste Not – Want Not

Copyright 2011 Erika Emma Reimers.

Food is for more than just eating; items like lemons and oatmeal can be used as a substitute for store-bought products.

D.I.Y. @ Home Beauty posts will be a tradition on The Salted Pistachio and I’d love to hear from you about your homemade beauty remedies!

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Recipe: Oven-roasted Pumpkin Seeds


“Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Pumpkin Seeds Go To Waste”

Five varieties of pumpkin seeds. From left to right: cinnamon-sugar, garlic and salt, garlic and pepper spice, original salt, and paprika pumpkin seeds. Try your own variety of spices to flavour this seasonal snack. Copyright 2011 Erika Emma Reimers.

Boasted for their fiber and nutrion-packed qualities, pumpkin seeds are a highlight of the season. See below for easy prep instructions for delicious oven-roasted pumpkin seeds and make sure you let The Salted Pistachio know which spices you used to flavour your own seeds.
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