Friday, March 29, 2013

Orange Peel Tips

When I'm juicing a lot of oranges lot of things go through my mind. I think about how good it smells, how wonderful the juice is going to taste, and then I think of all of the orange zest and peels that I am wasting. I've been putting mine to use. Here are a few of my tips.
Only have lemons? These tips will work with any citrus!

Clean Your Garbage Disposal
If your garbage disposal is a little stinky, all you have to do is fill it full of orange peels and grind away. It is a great way to clean a very scary and occasionally smelly place. There is no way I am sticking my hand, or any other object in there to do a scrub, so these tough skins have been a life saver.

Homemade Cleaner
Fill a mason jar with orange peels. You might have to save up a few days worth, if so keep it in the fridge while you fill the jar. Once the jar is filled, cover with white vinegar and allow it to sit at room temperature for about a week. Give it a shake every now and then. After the week has passed, strain the vinegar out, and pour in to a spray bottle. That's all there is to it.

Zest Oranges Prior to Peeling
You can save all of that beautiful zest for use in muffins, scones, and any other dish you want to add a pop of color and orange essence. Just Zest and freeze. Depending on how much you have, it might be a good idea to freeze it in ice cube trays. Then you can just pop them out, place them into a freezer bag, and remove just what you need.

Happy Cooking!

Joy

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