Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Using twice

The other day, I needed an orange for a salad but individually they cost 30p whereas a bag of 6 cost 99p - no choice there then. After peeling it using one of those orange peeler gadgets you used to get given years ago when attending a T-p-e-w-r plastics party, I was about to put the skins into the compost bin when I had one of those light bulb moments - why not remove and save the outer zest, to freeze for later use:

Here it is just removed from the freezer, broken up and back in the freezer:
It smells wonderful and as it fills up, will give me lots of zest for baking or cooking with.

13 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Just curious, why don't you compost citrus fruit?

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    1. Sorry, should have said not in my wormery as I was told they find them too acidic! I'll amend that bit now.

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    1. I like these light bulb moments!

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  3. That is a very thrifty tip, I squeeze quite a few lemons then it is discarded, I will be doing the same in the future thankyou.

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  4. A brilliant idea. I don't eat many oranges but next time I do I'll definitely do this, there are so many things you can add a bit of zest to.

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    1. Sweet and savoury and there when needed.

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  5. When my sister and her kids were visiting me last year I had a bowl of oranges out on the counter. The kids each had an orange and when they were done they brought me the peel and said here's the peel for the freezer. My sister has them trained that all citrus peel goes in the freezer for future baking!

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    1. Well done your sister, train them young I say!

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  6. What a great idea - and I love the smell too!

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    1. The smell is great isn't it.

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  7. Orange (or any citrus) peel can be placed in a glass jar, covered with white vinegar and left to steep for a week or two-giving you a very effective cleaner. Strain peels, put in spray bottle and then dilute with water for delicate surfaces.

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