- Candied Citrus Peel - I've used every type of citrus for this and they've all been wonderful - lemons, oranges, and clementines are favorites around here.
- Cut the pith from the zest, so you just have the colored part not the white part and cover with vodka. Allow the zest to infuse with the vodka for two weeks to a month, strain and add a sugar syrup to taste to the strained liquid. The resulting citrus liqueur is yummy in hot drinks and cold alike.
- Dry the zest and make a scouring powder. Again, any old citrus peel would work, here.
- Put the peels in a jar and cover with vinegar. Allow the zest to infuse in the vinegar for 2 weeks and strain. Use the vinegar to clean as you would normally but it'll have a more pleasant citrus scent instead of regular vinegar.
- Combine the zest with sugar or salt to make a body scrub.
- Mix the zest with some sugar and let it sit for about a month. The sugar will take on the flavor of the zest and is perfect for dusting cookies, adding to tea, etc.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Making the Most of Citrus Peels
Master enjoys oranges and lots of 'em when they're in season. Several years ago, I started looking for ways to use those peels and get the biggest bang for His buck. That citrus peel really is some versatile stuff. Being as citrus season is in full swing, I thought I'd share some of my favorite ways to put all that zest to use: