5 easy tips to reuse orange peels in cooking and baking

Season of oranges is here and it’s that time of the year, when this sweet and tangy citrus fruit is available in abundance.

But most people end up throwing away the bitter and squishy peels of orange, well here are some smart ways to upcycle the orange peels and make some amazing delicacies and drinks using these citrus peels.

Read on and try out these simple ways and reuse orange peels in day to day cooking and baking.

1. Orange zest​

Adding orange zest to soups, broth, cookies or cakes can instantly amp up the experience. To make this simple zest at home, grate or finely chop the orange peel, allow it to dry up and store in an airtight bottle.

2. ​​Marinade and oil​

To give your marinades and salad dressings or oils a hearty and flavourful twist, steep orange peels and let it absorb the goodness. These can be used in accentuating the taste and flavour of several delicacies.

3. Tea and drinks​

Place orange peels in hot water or tea to infuse a subtle citrus flavor. Much like the nutrients and antioxidants in oranges, their peel contains compounds that are great for health. Just steep orange peels in your tea, drinks and syrups and enjoy!

4. Candied orange peels​

Make candied orange peels by boiling them in sugar syrup until they are soft and translucent. Once candied, you can chop them and use them as a topping for desserts or mix them into baked goods.

5. ​​Seasoning ​

Dry orange peels in a dehydrator or in the oven at a low temperature. Once dried, you can grind them into a powder and use the orange powder as a seasoning for dishes.

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