If you're on a mission to eat more fruit, make sure it's the citrus variety. Not only is Vitamin C great for detoxifying but there are lots of handy uses for orange peel.
1. Exfoliate your skin
Grate leftover peel into a bowl and mix in other naturally exfoliating ingredients like coffee grounds, oatmeal or sea salt with water until it forms a paste. Apply to your face in circular motions to gently remove dead skin cells. Vitamin C is a great skin booster and is key to the production of collagen making your skin firmer and softer.
2. Garnish your Cosmopolitan cocktail
Twist a sliver of orange peel, hold over a glass and carefully flame with a match. Garnish your cosmopolitan with the flamed orange peel and serve. Need to know how to make a cosmopolitan? Read here.
3. Keep cats away
If you have parts of your garden you don't want your cat (or a neighbour's cat) to go into, grab some orange peel or peeled orange and sprinkle it in the area. Cats hate citrus!
4. Candied orange peel
- Get one large orange, peel only, white pith removed and slice into 0.5 cm strips. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add the orange peel and bring to the boil again and then drain well.
- Re-fill the pan with water, bring to the boil, return the orange peel to the pan, bring the water up to the boil and then drain again.
- Re-fill the pan with 150ml of water, add 80g of caster sugar and bring to boil, stirring well. Add the orange peel and reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the liquid resembles syrup and stir occasionally.
- Tip 150g of demerara sugar into a shallow bowl and once the syrup mixture has thickened, remove the orange peel and coat each piece in demerara sugar. Make sure the peel is completely covered in sugar.
- Once cooled, keep the candied orange peel uncovered until needed.
Dry orange peels and submerge them into green or black tea for a citrus flavour.
Who knew there were so many uses for orange peel?if you have any more ideas!