Stop throwing them out! 15 recycling ideas for orange peels

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Does it feel like you are eating enormous quantities of oranges, as they are so delicious at the moment? And what’s more, they are a great source of vitamin C, which is always a great way to keep your energy levels high, and your immune system boosted. But did you know that orange peels can also come in handy in many other ways? This article will prove it to you in 15 points! 

1) Use them to make containers for bird seeds

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2) You can always find a clever way to cook them!

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In the image above, the orange peels have been transformed into little sweet treats. The recipe:

  • Cut the peels into thin strips, remove the white part as much as you can and put the strips in a pot. Cover them with cold water, bring it to the boil, and throw out the water. Repeat this step twice more.
  • Make a syrup with 200 g of sugar and 470 mls of water per 2 oranges. Stir it until the sugar has dissolved, and add the orange peels. Bring it to the boil and allow it to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes (the orange peels should become a little translucent).
  • Strain the mixture. You can keep the syrup to sweeten your tea, or to add to your lemonade.
  • Place the peels into a bowl full of sugar and place them on a grill tray to dry out. Some people dip the peels into the sugar a second time, but this is not obligatory. And there you go!

This is only one idea among others (such as making jam), but we are very taken by this one!

3) Add the peels to white vinegar to make the odour more pleasant and to make a more effective cleaning product.

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We have already shared an article with you on how to use orange peels to make an extremely powerful oven cleaner. Don’t hesitate to have a look at it to find out how to make this fantastic cleaning product.

4) Make an orange extract, by filling a flask full of orange peels with vodka, and leaving it to “take” for at least 6 weeks, shaking the flask each week.

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As you can see in the image, you can do the same with mint, lemon or vanilla. Such extracts are extremely useful in baking, to add an original flavour to basic recipes.

5) Add them to your compost (without overdoing it) to provide it with additional nutrients and nitrogen

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