Great New Uses for Citrus Peels & Rinds!

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Great Uses for Citrus Peels & Rinds!

Great New Uses for Citrus Peels!

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STOP!!  You’ve just finished juicing a lemon, do not throw those lemon rinds away!  You’ll be surprised to learn all of the awesome things you can do with citrus peels!  Not only do they smell amazing, but they have tons of flavor (not to mention health benefits!).

Do you have other great uses for citrus peels?  Leave them in the comments below!

Lemon Pepper Seasoning:  Yum!  Making your own seasonings is easier than you probably think and a great way to save money and be conscious of what your consuming.  Simply zest a lemon, dry it (google how) and mix it with pepper for a yummy homemade seasoning to brighten up any dish.

Candy:  You can turn your left over citrus peels into treats by candying them and it’s really not as difficult as you might imagine. All you will need is citrus peels, sugar and water and you will have a sweet, healthy and totally natural treat.  The full recipe is only a Google search away!

Lemon Olive Oil:  This is so easy and downright yummy!  Just mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of grated lemon zest into about a cup of olive oil and let marinate for two weeks or so.  Shake every so often.  At the end of the two weeks, strain out the lemon zest and you will have delicious, lemony, zesty oil to add to tons of dishes.

Citrus Liqueurs:  Grain alcohol, citrus peels and syrup will create delicious and extra-special liqueurs that you can serve at parties or even give away as gifts!

Infuse In Tea:  Let some citrus peels steep in your tea.  Delicious!

Citrus Vinegar Cleaner:  Vinegar is an easy and cheap cleaner that is all-natural and always in your cabinet.  It can, however, be a bit stinky.  Throw them lemon rinds or orange peels and let the citrusy scent infuse the vinegar for a nice smell that is not overpowering.

Trash Can Freshener:  Lemon, orange or lime peels in your trash will kill bad odors and keep it smelling nice and fresh.

Destink Your Garbage Disposal:  The same as with the trash can, citrus peels will deodorize a yucky garbage disposal quickly and
easily.  This is one of my favorite uses for citrus peels & rinds!   

Ant Deterrent:  If you have ants or other pests coming in through door frames, windows or other cracks, then place citrus peels in their path and they will run in the other direction.

Cat Deterrent:  If you have cats using your garden as a potty then sprinkle some citrus peels or juice in your bushes, flowers or plants and they will stay away.

Simmering Stove Scents:  Orange peels, cloves and cinnamon sticks are a common combination but most anything will work.  Simply simmer some citrus peels and other pleasant herbs on your stove and let the scent fill the whole house.  (Find a great list of yummy simmering potpourri recipes here).

Add to Meat Dishes:  Throw some peels in your favorite’s meat braising liquid, sprinkle some lemon zest over your steaks or put a whole orange in the cavity of a whole chicken before roasting, etc.  The result will be a lovely aroma and flavor that will be unmistakably fresh and delicious!

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  1. OUTstanding list! Thank you so much! I have a big bag of frozen lemon rinds in the freezer and a small bag of lime rinds too – planning to defrost most of them, scrape the white pita out and dehydrate.

    I was going to just put all the dried peel into the food processor and pulse until I had a powder but I think I’ll save some dried peels intact for different uses you listed above!

    Another tip is to keep the halves of a juiced lemon, etc. in the freezer until you need some fresh zest. Simply pull out and zest as needed! I prefer this method since I don’t have to take the time to zest a whole bunch of lemons at once and I’ve also had trouble with the zest drying out in the freezer – not sure why. But zesting as I go seems to work better.