Since we are smack dab in the middle of Cara Cara orange season – and I’m just about finished eating one, I thought I would encore some great ways to use up the left over peel
Original post from April 2017:
I couldn’t believe that I found some Cara Cara oranges at the grocery store this weekend, I thought they were a January variety – but after a quick Google search I learned that they are available until April. Haven’t had a Cara Cara before? I encourage you to seek them out before they are gone, it is a nice blood orange/grapefruit flavor.
One of the things I have been trying to do is learn to use whole thing – easy enough when you think of a whole chicken. Saturday night you have roast chicken for dinner with carrots and onions; Sunday lunch is chicken salad on fresh from the oven sourdough bread while the rest of the bird is simmering with some veggie scraps to make stock.
But oranges?!?! how do you use the whole thing? I read on the internet, so it must me true 😉 that you shouldn’t add too much citrus to your compost pile so…
First thing I did was add the peel to a jar and cover with vodka to make orange extract. I was making a small batch so I did 1/2 an orange and 1/3 cup of vodka. It’s in a cool dark cabinet of the kitchen, I’ll keep you posted on how it comes out when I make some scones
Next I made some candied orange peel with and without chocolate.
I learned the hard way that you really want to scrape as much of the white pith off of the strips as possible. It keeps the bitterness down and helps the strips “crystallize” faster.
Don’t worry, I used the discarded water in the garden and then the leftover simple syrup to make some orange-lemonade.
To make the orange-lemonade I mixed the simple syrup with equal parts lemon juice. This comes out a little strong but as the ice cubes melt it is practically perfect.
Finally, I added some zest to my container of homemade lip balm which is equal parts beeswax and coconut oil in a left over tin.
And just like that, I only had to add some tiny pieces of the peel into my compost bin that lives on the kitchen counter.