3 New Uses for Old Oranges (Beyond Juicing!)

Don't toss old, shriveled oranges in the trash! Image Credit: morgueFile
As I type this, I'm busily preparing for a quick getaway weekend to visit my family. One of the tasks on my To Do list is to use up the fresh produce around here so nothing goes bad during my time away.

The last thing I want to waste is food!

Last night I roasted asparagus, potatoes and carrots to go with dinner. Tonight I might make a pasta salad filled with veggies to pack for a quick road lunch.

Then I noticed the bowl of oranges looking at me with sad eyes. Well, not really, but you know what I mean. They're starting to get a little shriveled since I brought home a big bag of easy-to-eat clementines which always get grabbed over oranges.

So, by my side is a big glass of water filled with orange slices. When you're tired of lemon in your water, try this companion citrus fruit. Limes also work well!

I'll also be chopping an orange or two to tuck inside a jar of white vinegar. Later I can whip up my homemade disinfectant spray by mixing half citrus-vinegar mixture with water in a spray bottle.

I'll also use some fresh squeezed orange juice to make a sweet vinaigrette dressing to have on hand for spring salads. Yum!

How do you like to use up an abundance of citrus fruit?

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living

10 comments:

  1. I have a couple oranges in my fridge right now that would qualify. LOL

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    1. Hi Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! I'm sure we *all* have a few of these oranges from time to time! HAHA! Have a great day! ~Angela

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  2. I use the rinds (as well as Lemon rinds) to made candied peels. slice them thin and simmer them in honey until the honey is all absorbed. let dry on countertop.

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    1. Ohhh! Thanks for sharing! Those sound wonderful! I might have to try making those. I think they'd be fabulous toppers for summer cupcakes! Thanks! Angela

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  3. Great ideas. We have thing to to waste way too often. Frustrating. Need to be better about finding ways to use them.

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    1. I'm all about reducing waste and upcycling! Woot! ~Angela

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  4. I didn't think about scenting my vinegar spray cleaner. What a great and fresh idea!

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    1. Thanks! You can also use lemons or limes! ~Angela

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  5. Had no idea orange + white vinegar= disinfectant!

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    1. Yes! Vinegar is a wonderful natural disinfectant! I use it to clean practically everything in my home! ~Angela

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