Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CITRUS....It's Simply Heavenly!!!

The Many Ways to Use Citrus Peels

I love oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits. When they go on sale or friends give them to me by the bags, I don’t like to waste any of them.  They are delicious to eat or to juice.  When I juice them I peel them and use the whole orange in my juicer. Since I had cancer I have been getting rid of all the chemicals that I can in my house.  Orange peels, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine peels are good for so many things around the house!




Make zest: Grate the peel with a hand grater or zester and use it in baking or cooking.  I love to add it to asparagus with some extra virgin olive oil, over salmon after I have roasted it, on salad or in salad dressings.  I also like to add it to my bread glaze that I make with powdered sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and a tablespoon of milk.  It adds just the right bite  and makes the bread Simply Heavenly!!!

Sanitize Wood Cutting Boards:  Use a lemon half to sanitize cutting boards by killing those nasty germs.

 Soften a brick of brown sugar: Put a piece of orange peel in a container of brown sugar to keep it from drying out.

For Your Body: I love rubbing lemons over rough knees.  Not only does it soften the skin, but it keeps them from turning darker.  Get a lemon and cut it in half and sprinkle with sugar. Lemons and sugar put together make a great exfoliator for your skin.  If you have really sensitive skin on your face, you can mix the lemon juice fresh squeezed (with pulp is great as well) with the sugar and put it on a cotton pad (100% cotton only) and gently scrub it on your face in circular motions.  Doing this keeps the pressure on your face to a minimum but you still get all the great exfoliating benefits of the sugar and lemon without irritating your fragile skin.


In Your Bath:  Take the peel of any citrus fruit and wrap it in a cheese cloth and toss it into a bath tub of bubbles to make a Simply Heavenly Scented tub.


 Make orange/Lemon/Lime/Grapefruit  liquor:  Seal a container filled with orange peels and vodka and put it in a dark place. A few weeks later, strain out the citrus peels, and have an infused vodka. Double Yum!

 In Your Sink:
 We take used lemons as a cleaning aid on our porcelain sink. Rub it, leave it rinse it.
  
In Your Disposal:Run citrus peels through the garbage disposal to freshen the garbage disposal. Add a few ice cubes and you’ll sharpen the disposal blades too. 

Deodorize Your Home: Simmer orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in pot of water on the stove to freshen the air naturally. For safety’s sake, keep an eye on that pot and do not leave it boiling unattended on the stove.

All Purpose Cleaner:  Fill a jar with orange peels and cover them with vinegar.  Let the vinegar and orange peels sit for a few weeks. The vinegar will take on an orange/golden hue and smell powerfully of oranges. Take the vinegar out of the jar and pour it into a spray bottle, diluting half/half with water. 
Use with a rag to clean, well, anything! This works well to clean sinks, mirrors, windows, floors, wooden chairs, counters, etc... I haven't tried it yet on toilets and bathtubs, but I have no doubt it will work.
Feel happy knowing that you've got a really powerful cleaner!!

Candied Citrus Peels: With a sharp paring Slice peel lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips of grapefruits, oranges, or lemons.  Place them in boiling water until tender, then place them on a rack to cool.  Take one cup of water and bring it to a boil and add one cup of sugar to make a simple syrup.  Pour this mixture over the peelings and let them dry then toss them with sugar.  They are heavenly!

As bug repellent. The oils in orange peels are also a natural insect repellent. Puree orange peels and water in a blender, and pour the solution down anthills to kill ants or pour/spray it outside the house to keep ants from coming into your home. Some folks rub a fresh orange peel on their skin and use it as a natural mosquito repellent too.

Light your fire. Use dried orange peels instead of newspaper to start a fire. Orange oil is flammable and lights easily which makes it an excellent fire starter. Burning orange peels in your wood burning fireplace is supposed to remove any creosote that’s inside your chimney too. Just use caution because you are playing with fire in this tip.

I love all of the many uses there are for citrus fruit!!!!  When you are finished with all of the work around the house you can also use the citrus fruit to make a nice thirst quenching drink!  There is nothing like a cool drink of lemonade on a hot day to quench your parched thirst!!!  It is Simply Heavenly!!!

6 comments:

All of these heavenly stuff, they make me feel... hmm heavenly.. lol But yeah, citrus is one all-around fruit. ;)

Isn't it? I just love all the different citrus fruits they are good for so many things. Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!! :):):)

your blog is absolutely beautiful !!!!!

Oh thank you so much Casey it means so much to me that you like it!!! I followed you back and I hope you have a blessed and happy day!!! :):)

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I just shared this on my blog, what an awesome post!!! Thank you for this :)

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