How To Recycle Orange Peels
“Orange” you glad for oranges?
Orange is a wonderful citrus fruit. Sweet and sometimes sour, juicy and full of vitamin C. They are delicious for snack. Orange juice makes a great beverages and the orange itself is so versatile that it can be used as a recipe ingredient.
Of all fruits in the market, oranges seems to be the favorite in our house.
And, because we always have an abundant peels after enjoying this juicy and refreshing fruit, I’ve gotten used to the idea of recycling the orange peels instead of just tossing them in the bin, which actually helps neutralize the odor of the garbage.
So, eat your oranges and waste not want not!
Did you know?
The word "orange" is one of the few English words that does not rhyme with anything?
So, from my house to yours, here are some of the magical uses of orange peels:
1. Fire Starter for BBQ pit or grill - Dried orange peel makes a great fire starter due to its highly flammable limonene-an eco-friendly carbon compound. So, throw out some peels on your grill to kindle the fire and tease your neighbor with your citrus-smelling smoked BBQ.
2. Candle Holder - Flies and mosquitoes don't like the scent of oranges. So, when squeezing orange for its fresh juice, cut the orange into halves. It would look like a bowl. Save the peel and use it as a tea candle holder. It can be a good votive candle holder and is perfect for the patio table. This is also very handy for picnic. You can also make your own oil lamp with the peel.
3. Potted plant toppings – Cats don’t like the smell of orange. So, if you put the peels around your houseplants, kitties will stay away from it and will not mess up with the dirt or soil. It also creates a decorative and colorful look on your pot or plant while it covers the soil.
4. Home Scents - Place the peels in cloth bag or sachet. Put it in your closet and let it dry naturally. You could also dry it under the sun. Voila'! You have some homemade potpourri. When it dries out, put a drop of scented oil and shake it. It will prolong the life of your potpourri. You could also rub the inside of the orange peel on light bulbs and radiators. They will emit fresh-scent when you put on the light. Another way is to boil the peels along with other fragrant stuff like cinnamon stick and cloves maybe. I usually put a drop or two of vanilla essence in the boiling peels since I always have this in my pantry. Very practical too. Let it simmer in the pot and your house will surely smell fresh and delicious.
5. Face scrub – Mix a teaspoon of olive oil and sugar, dip the peel and scrub it on your face. Let it sit on your face for few minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water and finally splash it with cold water to close your skin pores. This is ultimate skin-glow bliss. This also helps in the reduction of blemishes and dark spots. You could also dip the peel into milk, if olive oil is not available and follow the same procedures. However, do this only at night because the citric acid will make your skin dry and photosensitive.
You may also want to try this:
- Candied Orange Peel Dipped in Chocolate: An Addictive Treat
Candied orange peels are a great treat. Using sweet Florida oranges made this dessert dipped in chocolate extra special.
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You could also make desserts and candies out of orange peel with frenzy garnishes and all that creative stuff. However, I will hub about it separately.
And for smokers, did you know that orange peel could help you quit smoking? Research shows that orange peel extract has been used as an ingredient in a gum that helps remove nicotine from the body. They suggest that smokers eat orange peel after every cigarette and they will eventually find smoking not appealing because of the nasty after taste. As I don’t smoke, I wouldn’t actually know how it taste but I will certainly ask a friend to try it.
So, don’t toss your orange peels away just like that. Re-use them and if you have other ideas to recycle the orange peels, it will be nice to know, share it with us.
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