Making use of citrus peel
WHEn you’ve eaten your orange, grapefruit, or tangerine, or squeezed out a lime into your tea or curry, don’t throw away the peel.
The colourful outer skin, called the “zest”, is an excellent flavouring. Take a grater and add the zest of your citrus fruits to 150g butter, 75g sugar and 225g plain flour to make sweetly scented citrus biscuits. Bake in a medium-hot oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Careful though, the white inner portion of the peel, the pith, is usually bitter, so don’t grate past the zest.
If you’re watching your figure, add the zest to a small bottle of water and refrigerate. Alternatively, refrigerate the zest for up to 24 hours and add it into your coffee or tea.
If you have a whole peel left from chopping up a fruit, and you have a bowl of brown sugar in your fridge for your morning coffee banishing lingering odour.
Citrus peels are also a little acidic, which is why they are excellent for cleaning odd wooden and plastic corners like windows catches, tiny ridges in your refrigerator door handle and so on. Just rub vigorously over the spot, then wipe dry with a cloth.
note: technically the acid in citrus can react with metals and discolour them, so try to avoid these or do a test where any damage can’t be seen.
Citrus peels are acidic which makes them excellent for cleaning.