Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Orange you glad I let you in on this secret?

I bought a huge bag of oranges a couple of weeks ago and I realized I finally had my materials for making candied orange peel! I'd been wanting to try it since Thanksgiving but never got to it. And then Vanessa tried it so I used the same recipe she did.

I love being able to use the peels like that instead of just adding to my enormous mulch pile. Sure, it likes it but I like sweet treats too!

From eh not so much

To yum!

As per the recipe's suggestion I used the leftover syrup to make a pitcher of iced tea. I don't care how cold it is, iced tea is always drinkable at my house! I LOVE TEA.

I've also been known to dry the peels of oranges and mandarins for later use in potpourri.

You can mix it with things like cedar or even put it in a little pan of water to simmer on the stove with cinnamon and cloves - best air freshener ever!

I was also reading that dried orange peel makes a great additive to hot tea - haven't tried it but the leftover water from blanching the orange peels did smell pretty good. Homemade orange tea...ooh I'll have to try that with my mint leaves this summer.

A chunk of orange peel thrown into your garbage disposal and ground up also freshens it - and we know they always need that.

So what clever uses for orange peel have you found?

Linking to:

Because it really is trash to treasure!


Jessica said...

I use it with the simmering on the stove with the whole cloves and whole cinnamon sticks, but I add lemon and dried basel leaves. It really is the best air freshner. It will make my whole house smell good within a matter of minutes.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Yummy! I will have to start doing things with mine. I've been buying a lot of oranges and grapefruit since I loooove fresh fruit but it's winter. =(

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Hi Molly! Thanks for linking up, I've never made candied orange peel, but I'm excited to hear of all these uses for the peel! You've inspired me. :)