Who says June, says full cherry season. The good news about this delicious seasonal fruit is that nothing is thrown away, everything can be reused (yes, even the stems)! Besides, here are simple, amazing and useful tricks to recycle cherry pits smartly.
A dry hot water bottle
Painful periods, back pain, body aches? To relieve your ailments, you can use a dry hot water bottle with cherry pits. To make it, it’s simple: boil the kernels in water, add a pinch of salt and 1/3 glass of white vinegar. Objective ? That releases the flesh. Once the stones are clean, rinse them and let them dry for several hours. All you have to do is put them in the bag, sock or fabric of your choice.
To reheat your dry hot water bottle, place it in the microwave for 30 seconds with a glass of water or bake it for 15 minutes at 150°C in a container filled with water. And to know all about this trick, here is our hands-on article.
An alternative to clay pellets
In front of promote the drainage of your plants, it is generally advisable to add some clay and/or small stones to the bottom of the pot or planting hole. But did you know that cherry pits are just as effective? Before adding them, clean them in boiling salted water with vinegar (like for the dry hot water bottle). Thanks to this zero waste trick, the roots of your plants will not be choked by standing water.
A stress ball
Are you going through a period of stress or are you naturally anxious? For you help let go, you can turn yourself into a stress ball. How ? It’s simple: wash the cherry pits, let them dry for 24 hours and put them in the fabric of your choice.
A waterproofing agent for pie shells
Are you making a leek or apple pie and looking for a trick to prevent the fruit or vegetable juice from softening the dough? In front of make the dough watertight, baking pearls or dried legumes are often used. But for a zero-waste approach, you can use previously cleaned cherry pits.
A cherry syrup
Do you want a delicious one? homemade cherry syrup † This fruity drink promotes the elimination of toxins and stimulates the urinary tract (nothing better if you suffer from a bladder infection). To prepare it, you will need unwashed cherry pits and sugar (or another sweetener, such as agave syrup, honey, etc.). In a bowl, mix 500 g cherry pits and about 100 g sugar (you can do less) and let it macerate for a day to dissolve the sugar. Then pass everything through a sieve so that only the juice is collected, put everything in a glass bottle and keep in the fridge for a month.
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