Ever Thought about…???
Drinking water instead of soda?
Carpooling with another driver two days a week (driving once and riding once)?
Installing a programmable thermostat and set it to turn off your heating or cooling at night?
Never miss a local story.
Waiting one more week before getting a haircut?
Eating leftovers for supper one night a week?
How much could just one of those changes make?
Unusual Uses for Usual Things… Orange Peels
Don't throw those peels away once you've gotten your fill of citrusy goodness.
Use them for…
One use for orange peels is as a dried seasoning. Use a zester it removes only the thin upper layer of orange peels, not the lighter colored pith. The zest can also be used to enhance other flavors in desserts, gravies, sauces, and even some meat dishes.
Dried orange peels can be used for kindling for fires. The orange oils found in the peels are indeed flammable, but they burn more slowly and steadily than common kindling material such as newspaper.
Orange peels can also be used as an air fresher. Combine dried orange peels, cinnamon sticks, lemon peels, and flower petals in a simmering pot of water.
Dried orange peels can also be stored in a cheesecloth bag and kept in closets to reduce musty odors.
Orange peels can also used as insect repellents, they can discourage ants from entering your home, experts suggest using a blended puree of orange peels and water directly on anthills and favored pathways. Rubbing orange peels directly on the skin is also said to be an effective mosquito repellent.
Infuse your liquor, especially vodka, for excellent cocktails.
Dry and save for black tea.
Add orange peels to aging olive oil to add an extra zest that's great on salads and pastas.
Deodorize garbage cans by dropping a couple of orange peels in the bottom of the can before inserting the trash bag.