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Monday, March 28, 2011

Citrus Peels and Using them in your Home

Don't throw those citrus peels away any more. Save them for your garden and cleaning your home or office. These peels can also save you money, because they produce some wonderful products. So let's get started on how we can use them.

First it is important to know your peel, will you be saving orange, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon or lime etc.

Make sure you wash your peels well. If you can, try and use organic sources, this way if you are putting them in your compost it will be better.

If eat kumquat, the peels make a great marmalade. By cooking the chopped peels with sugar syrup until it's syrup. Usually you boil for twenty minutes.

Lemon peels are the most used peels. They can be used for a bath. Or even to rinse your hair.

  Adding a sliver of lemon peel to your tea gives it a great lemony taste.
Another great taste for any peels is candied.

 1 lemon
 1 orange
 1 lime
 10 1/8 ounces (300 ml) water
 8 1/3 ounces (240 grams) sugar
 Half of a vanilla bean

Peel the fruit. Use the peeler to remove the zest from the lemon. Try to remove as little of the fleshy white pith as possible. Repeat for both the orange and the lime. Until all the fruits peel has been removed.
 Slice the citrus peel. Carefully cut the lemon peel into long, thin slivers. Repeat this with the orange and then the lime peel. They can be cut into larger strips if you prefer, but will take longer to cook.
 Blanch the peel. Put the cut strips into a saucepan of cold water and bring it to the boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes to remove some of the peels bitterness then strain into a sieve. This process is called blanching.
 Make the syrup. Slice along the length of the vanilla bean without cutting all the way through. Then carefully open it up and scrape out the pulp with the blade of the knife. Place both the bean and the pulp into a saucepan. Add the water and sugar.
 Cook the peel. Place the saucepan on a high heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and add in the peel. Give it a quick stir and turn down the heat. Simmer in the syrup for approximately 15 minutes, until soft and translucent. Finally, transfer it into a bowl to cool.
 Serve. When drained, use it to decorate cakes or any desserts. Stored in a sealed container, it will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.

Orange peels placed in a bag of brown sugar will keep the brown sugar from getting hard. Make sure the peel is as clean as possible.

Grapefruit can be used instead of lemon or orange peels. The peels also make a great marmalade.

The citrus peels are also a great way to flavor water.

Also place citrus peels in a sachet and place in your sock drawer for fresh smelling socks.

Citrus peels also do great in your compost.

Chewing your citrus peels can also freshen your breath.

And last but not least use peels to clean tar off your shoes.