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Don’t dump that down the drain! Recycle your cooking water

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Yep.  You read that right.  Recycle your cooking water. With the hot, dry summer months coming this could be a life-saver (plant-saver?) if you live in an area that gets frequently plagued by droughts and water restrictions.

I’m not saying bathe in it, but don’t just dump it down the drain either! Do this instead.

Water from cooking veggies, pasta, and eggs can be used to water your garden.

Water from cooking veggies, pasta, and eggs can be used to water your garden.

When you boil/steam veggies (corn on the cob season is near!), cook pasta,  or hard boil eggs place a large bowl or container under your colander to collect the used cooking water.  Let it cool COMPLETELY.  That step is VERY important,  scalding hot water will kill your plants.  Their root systems cannot handle the extreme temperatures. Once cooled, use it to water your garden.   Not only is it eco-friendly but your plants benefit from the nutrients left behind in the water, plus you’ll save some money too by reducing your water usage – bonus!

Recycle your cooking water

My mini veggie garden starting to bloom.

Don’t have a garden to water? Have weeds in the cracks of your driveway or sidewalk?  Pour the water directly onto them while still boiling hot.  The temperature of the water will cause the cells in the leaves to burst and kill whatever is growing.

Reuse your cooking water? Let me know how you use it, or just tell me I’m not crazy, in the comments!

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2 responses »

  1. This works really well. I do it all the time!

  2. It’s awesome! The hardest part is actually remembering to save the water :-/ I’m guilty of forgetting until it’s too late. lol


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