The apple fritter is a leftover.

The video above shows how the scraps of the other donuts are mixed with cinnamon, apple, chopped, formed, then sliced and fried. The outcome is a craggly, crunchy, sweet and delicious apple fritter. This was my childhood favorite, even if eating one now makes me feel heart palpitations!

The interesting thing is below is an intentionally made version. One that doesn’t come from scraps, made by Andrew Rea at Binging with Babish (check out his youtube channel). I respect his cooking skills, but in this case, his version doesn’t do the apple fritter justice in my opinion. Where are the nooks? His version doesn’t pull apart in different directions, and to me that is part of the experience of an apple fritter.

This is not the doughnut I’m looking for.

Taken together these videos are an interesting study in reuse, and letting nothing go to waste. The products that we make often have scraps, and using those scraps plus a tiny bit of effort we can create something that exceeds even something that we intentionally chose today.

A few examples of this:

  • Cutting together bloopers of marketing videos to create something funny that delights your customers and gets shares on social media upping your brand awareness.
  • Posting blogs made from pieces of content that didn’t make the “presentation” cut.
  • Melting shavings from bowling ball drillings into ball cups to sell. Saw this at a bowling pro shop before.
  • Turning broken tiles into art sculptures. My friend’s dad who was in the tile business would do this as there were always some broken tiles from every job.

There are countless examples out there. If you’ve never thought about the byproducts of your work, and how you can turn them into something meaningful, perhaps you’re missing a great opportunity.