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Video: If you're a reader of Eating Trash With Claire the Lifehacker series where I convince you to transform your kitchen scraps into something edible and delicious - you should get excited, because it's now a video series. First up, I show you how to make a delicious, flavour-packed stock out of scraps, shells, and other "trash" that is actually treasure. Enjoy!

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I love coffee, but my mind and body are both easily overwhelmed by caffeine, so I often find myself with a cup or so of leftover java (do people still call it that?) by the time noon rolls around. It's usually too stale for drinking by then, but it still has its uses.

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One can never have too much thyme, but I often find myself with a lot of leftover thyme stems. These woody, inedible, but still fragrant little plant parts may seem unusable, but you can reclaim every bit of your thyme by using them to flavour cocktail syrup.

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We all know to save bird bones to make stock, but the excess skin and fat you find yourself with after butchering a piece of poultry is just as valuable. With very little effort on your part, you can render out some of the tastiest cooking fat around.

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The first time I tasted orangette - after making a batch out of curiosity and kind of expecting to hate it - my tongue perked up in recognition. It was like a gourmet version of those sugared gummy orange "slices" except way better. Orangette, or candied orange peel, is now my go-to giftable sweet.

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Cherry pits may seem like one piece of kitchen refuse that has no second life, but as Stella Parks of Serious Eats points out, the little bit of fruit that clings to the stone has the ability to infuse flavour and colour into all sorts of tasty treats.

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In terms of savoury no-cook sauces, it's hard to beat pesto. You can spread it on bread, toss it with grilled vegetables, drizzle it on fish, or use it as a pasta sauce. Though it's usually made with fresh basil, it can actually be made with almost any green thing, including kitchen scraps.

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Steak has always been my favourite protein, and I tend to favour cuts of the bone-in variety. But once the meat has been consumed and the martini has been polished off, it always seems kind of sad to toss the bone, which is too small to make an appreciable amount of broth.

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Whenever I have the chance to buy prawns shell-on -- or, better yet, head-on -- I take it. Deveining and then cooking prawns in their shells is the tastiest way to go, and there's something very satisfactory about peeling them just before popping them into your mouth. But their journey shouldn't end there; the shells still have more to give.