But there are many things that can have second lives, even after they look like they should be thrown away, and frugality and good kitchen keeping can offer them a second chance. Here are some of our salvageables - what are yours?
• Cheese rinds and bits of leftover cheeses - Take any combination of hard and soft leftover cheeses and make fromage fort, "strong cheese," by whizzing in the food processor with wine and herbs. This gives new life to those scraps of cheese you have sitting around in the fridge. Here's an Alton Brown recipe. • Black bananas - Put in the freezer and thaw later for banana bread or cake.
• Brown vegetables - Keep a large plastic bag in the freezer for these and throw browned vegetables in here - we have scallions, carrots, and celery tops in ours - for use later in stock.
What do you salvage?