Don’t Throw Away That Orange Peel!

If you think that orange peels are only good for throwing away, then this will come as a surprise: they are edible!

After the peels are totally dried out (I usually hang them over my fruit basket for a week or so), put them in a good blender and whirl them around until they become almost powdery. If you only have a small amount of orange peel, then a small coffee grinder will do the job (I have a second coffee grinder that is only used for spices, never for coffee).

dried orange peels

dried orange peels

This is what the orange zest powder looks like:

orange zest

orange zest

The aroma of orange oil smells heavenly and wakes up the senses. I keep the orange zest in a jar in my freezer.

What do you do with it?

You can season meat with it. I rubbed salt, pepper, thyme and orange zest into this beef roast and then slow-baked it in my crock pot.

meat seasoning

meat seasoning

Orange zest also spices up cakes, muffins, even breads. This is a rhubarb cake I made tonight with a sprinkling of sugar, butter and orange zest as topping.

I only save the peels from organically grown oranges. Commercial oranges are heavily sprayed with pesticides, so I would not use their peels for this purpose.

Of course, you can do the same with the skins of lemons and grapefruit and start little jars of lemon zest and grapefruit zest in your freezer. Then experiment with spicing up your cooking and scenting the kitchen with citrus!

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29 Responses to Don’t Throw Away That Orange Peel!

  1. Aggie says:

    Yum! Beautiful photos and ideas.


  2. glendanp says:

    What a great idea! David also makes candied orange peel which I use in baking a lot. . . . especially muffins.

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  3. cindy knoke says:

    what fabulous ideas!


  4. SaBiscuit says:

    I love orange peel and I like to keep them on the kitchen counter as aromatherapy. My grandmother used to dry them and turn them into homemade incense. Thanks for this post.


  5. Well I never…It all makes sense though. 🍀


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  7. schuttzie says:

    What great ideas!! I have one of those lighted candle warmers that you put scented wax in and I think you could sprinkle in the zest as well when the smell goes out of the candle 🙂


  8. Madhu says:

    I can almost smell it halfway across the world! 🙂


  9. ladysighs says:

    Just this week I made in orange loaf. We save the peel and put in blender and add to the batter of the cake along with nuts and raisins. Delicious!


  10. Wonderful ideas — thank you for sharing!!


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  12. Annette, I love candied orange peel. What a great tip for making this powdered version. Well worth getting another grinder!


  13. I do freeze the orange peels for later baking, once they are frozen taking out the bag and pound on it, so they become little pieces.

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  14. LOVE this. Instead of grinding, you can also make tea. Bitter but a bit of raw honey will do. Wonderful for digestion. Helps digestive chi descend.


  15. So true and it taste wonderful. The powder is something new to me and it looks superb! I use my peels and my Chinese cousins use dried mandarin peel for soups. Great post/idea to share. Thank you.


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