Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ten Uses for Orange Peels

Well, you could....
1) COMPOST THEM but why?

2) Add the peels to vinegar to make an effective cleaning product. Simply add your citrus peels (just the peel, not the fruit) to apple cider vinegar. Let sit for at least two weeks to extract.
Note: The primary chemical content in oranges in limonene which can safely be extracted in vinegar for home cleaning use. Limonene is a strong solvent, a byproduct of oranges, frequently used by industry as a degreaser.

3) Simmer in Water with cloves, cinnamon, that nasty old ground nutmeg you should get rid of and buy fresh whole nutmeg anyway to have your home space smelling fresh.

4) Crush the organic dried peel and add to Green Tea for a delicate orange flavor

5) Grate and add to a white box cake mix to make a natural orange flavored cake.

6) Add to an 80 proof or above alcohol (vodka is fine) and tincture to use medicinally as a digestive bitter. It is carminative and will settle your stomach.

7) Use as a Facial Toner. Feels great, smells nice and cleans skin as well
Orange Peel Toner
2 Tbsp orange peel
1 tsp calendula flower
2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
1 cup distilled water
Bring water to a boil and remove from
heat. Add herbs and steep for 45 minutes in a
covered pot. Strain. Slowly add glycerin,
stirring constantly. Store. Use 1 teaspoon per
application. Shake vigorously before each use.

8) Throw a few peels in with your rice. Yum!

9) Dry and add to pot pourri or to refresh your existing pot pourri they provide the most beautiful fragrance and color too.

10) Enjoy the organic orange peel in a cup of tea with Rose Hips, Hibiscus and maybe some Lemon Grass for a tea jam packed with Vitamin C and Flavonoids.
Do you have any additional suggestions/ideas for orange peels? We'd be happy to hear them!


Cindy said...

My goats love to eat them too! I'm trying to save some for distilling though.

comfrey cottages said...

thanks rosemary for this post! several i had never thought of! hugs

Steph said...

Very, very cool!

Valerie Zagami said...

I added orange and tangerine peels to a whole chicken I cooked with some ginger and herbs. It was a very moist and tender chicken when done..