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Best Air Fryer – Mum’s ‘genius’ recipe for making hot chips from leftover potato skins wins praise from hundreds of home cooks
- A woman trying to cut down waste has discovered a use for leftover potato skins
- She coated a pile of peels in olive oil and fried them in an air fryer for 20 minutes
- The skins crisped into thin hot chips, and she sprinkled them with salt to serve
- Photos of the chips have been liked 718 times since being shared on Facebook
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A mother desperate to reduce food waste has discovered a clever way to use leftover potato skins instead of throwing them in the bin.
Mary Daly coated a pile of peels in olive oil and salt and fried them in an air fryer on 200 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes until they crisped into thin hot chips.
The Sydney woman shared photos of the skins before and after they were cooked in a recipe group on Facebook, and said her children were delighted with the homemade snack.
Her post has been liked by 718 Australians since it was shared on Tuesday, with dozens praising her clever and sustainable approach to cooking.
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Before and after: A pile of raw potato peels drenched in salt and olive oil (left) and crispy skins after being fried in an air fryer for 20 minutes (right)
‘I’ve been doing this the last few weeks after peeling a couple of kilos of potatoes and seeing how many peels there were and thought what a waste. My son loves eating them as a snack,’ a woman said in a comment.
Another called the trick ‘amazing’ and said it had encouraged her to avoid binning potato skins in the future.
‘No more wasting peels – I’m trying this with my kids tomorrow!’ she said.
One woman said the idea is ‘genius’ because the peel is the ‘healthiest part of the potato’, packed with more vitamins and antihistamines than the flesh.
Key nutrients like fibre, potassium and vitamins C and B6 are concentrated in the outer skin, which is why baked potatoes with the skin still intact are regarded as one of the most nourishing and nutritious ways to eat the vegetable.
The post prompted others to share their own household tricks for cutting down on waste, including one woman who applied the same idea to the peels of apples.
‘You can do the same thing with apples and [coat them with] cinnamon. Delicious!’ she said.
Another said she had been inspired to crisp leftover pumpkin skin in an air fryer with oil and herbs after reading Ms Daly’s post.