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Use Citrus Fruit Peels in the Home and Garden

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Citrus peels can be used in myriad ways instead of simply tossing them out or composting them. In a household that consumes many oranges, lemons, grapefruit, tangelo, and other citrus, making use of the peels can save you money and produce some wonderful results. This article presents a few suggestions to get you started.

Method 1 of 8: Which peel appeals?

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    Know your peel. There are many types of citrus, including orange, mandarin, kumquat, grapefruit, lemon, lime, pomelo, citron (citrus apple), tangerines, etc.
    • Always wash the peel extremely well before use. If possible, prefer organic sources rather than those which have been sprayed, especially for any food or internal use. If you can't get organic fruit, use a very good fruit and vegetable scrub to remove chemical traces.
    • See "Warnings" below for the possibility of dermatitis and allergic reactions to citrus peel.
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    Use kumquat peel.
    • Use the peel of a kumquat to make marmalade. Just cook the chopped peel with sugar-water until it's like a syrup — use your favorite marmalade recipe.

Method 2 of 8: Lemon peel

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    Use lemon peel. There are so many potential lemon peel uses that entire chapters in books have been devoted to it.
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    Here are some great ideas to get you started:

Method 3 of 8: Orange peel

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    Use orange peel. Orange peel also has many possible uses. Here are a few:
    • Use the peel to keep your brown sugar soft by putting it in the packaging with the brown sugar.
    • Make candied orange peel.
    • Make preserved orange peel.
    • Use as a garnish on fruit juice drinks, cocktails, and salads.

Method 4 of 8: Grapefruit peel