Orange rind is also known as orange peel. They are often neglected and thrown away but orange rind actually has a lot of uses.
1. For cooking and eating
- Before peeling off, zest the orange first. Orange zests are great for drinks and cooking.
- Orange rind is edible. They can be coated in sugar or chocolate and eaten.
- Dried orange rind can be ground and combined with herbs to make rubs and marinades.
- Put orange rind in your sugar jar and it will add a pleasant citrus tang to the sweet sugar.
- Keeping orange rind in the brown sugar container helps keep the sugar soft.
2. Natural deodorizer
- A small amount of orange rind thrown into the garbage disposal makes for a natural deodorizer.
- Similarly, keeping orange rind in the cupboards, cabinets or the fridge keep them smelling fresh.
- Fresh orange rind is perfect for deodorizing and cleaning the kitchen sink. Scrub the peels on the sink to make it squeaky clean.
3. Animal repellent
- Orange rind puree is great for deterring ants, flies and mosquitoes because these insects hate them.
- Keeping orange rinds on the soil of your potted plants keep cats and slugs away and turn into natural fertilizer too.
- Rubbing orange rind on your skin before heading outdoors is a DIY mosquito repellent.
4. For outdoor activities
- Dried orange rind has highly flammable limonene, which makes it a great fire started for camping trips and outdoor activities.
- Putting olive oil on the orange rind and using the pith as a wick turns it into an oil lamp.