About the Recipe
Oh sure, overripe bananas get all the glory with their banana bread, desserts, and smoothie options…….. BUT don’t discard those overripe oranges.
1. POMANDER BALL - makes a great centerpiece especially around the holidays. And if your orange is really wrinkly, try adding more cloves to it.
2. CITRUS CLEANER
When making your own cleaners, glass bottles are non-reactive.
Amber bottles are often recommended to eliminate light decomposing especially in essential oils.
Keep in a cool, dark area.
Make sure your surface can have a citrus based cleaner first.
3. DRIED ORANGE GARLAND - With a food dehydrator, or an oven, you can make beautiful, dried orange slices for a garland or ornaments.
4. STOVE POTPOURRI - You can customize with scents you like and items you need to use up. I recommend getting a small pot from the thrift store to use so any residual oils won’t transfer to foods. And always keep an eye on your stove.
5. DRIED ORANGE PEELS -
You can use dried orange peels for a variety of items:
Citrus Peel Tea
Orange Facial Exfoliant
Orange Peel Soap
6. ORANGE SLICES IN YOUR BATHWATER - What an easy way to use up oranges than to slice them up and place them in the bath. Citrus is an exfoliant.
7. CLEAN A MICROWAVE -
ADDITIONAL TIPS, INFO, AND USES:
Storing your oranges in the refrigerator can extend their life up to two months vs. a couple of weeks on the counter.
If you can’t use them in any of these applications, one of the best things we’ve done is set up a lazy compost area, and we use a compost bucket in our kitchen.
Some plumbers feel that using citrus peels in your garbage disposal, as often recommended, can give you problems.
Did you know that trashed produce is really not good at all? Uneaten food that ends up rotting in landfills is a large producer of methane. Food waste is a loss of financial, water, and land resources. By reducing that waste, we can help use those resources more wisely.