snack series – potato peel chips

I love potato chips, and I wish there was a way I could buy them without the packaging. I’ve recently found a way to turn potato peels destined for the composting bin, into my favourite salty snack. Packaging free! So today’s edition of the snack series is potato peel chips.

Some beautiful, Tasmanian dutch creams


The peels of potatoes is all you really need. We get our potatoes at the farmers market from a local grower. We once bought a 5kg bag of dutch creams in a big paper bag, and we use that bag to re-fill with potatoes when needed from the same farmer. Also, this recipe is not exclusive to specific potatoes, any potato is welcome! I adapted this recipe from the Carters a Family Guide to Waste Free Living, easily the best and most useful book I’ve ever bought in my life.

Our dutch cream potato bag

Potato peels of any amount
Salt & Pepper
*Optional any other spices or seasoning of your choosing

Bulk bought olive oil and salt

1. Preheat oven to around 180 degrees and wash your potato peels. This is 2.5 potatoes worth of peel!

2. Place your peels on a baking tray, add oil and seasoning to your taste. Mix through until all peels covered.

3. Pop the peels in the oven, let them cook for around 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, until they are nice and golden. The aim is to get them tasting like potato chips, so the crunchier the better! My oven is shit so it might not take as long if you have a proper oven.

4. Once cooked, allow them to cool and serve them up! These do not last long in our house, but you can store them in a container for around a week!

These potato peel chips are easily our favourite zero waste snack. The peels seem to crisp up better than the potatoes themselves. They don’t take long to make, and they make use of potato peels that were otherwise destined for the compost bin! It’s a zero waste win.

Jake enjoying his favourite zero waste snack

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