So many of you have been asking me, “What to do with leftover oranges?” that I knew I needed to help with some great tips, tricks, and helpful ideas.
My friend has an orange tree that is producing a lot of oranges right now. So, she shared a bunch of them with me.
What do you do with that many oranges (I mean, other than the obvious of just eating them or juicing them)?
So, I did a little research and some thinking and here my list of some interesting things to do with oranges. Almost all of these could also be used for lemons, limes, or grapefruits.
And be sure to check out how to freeze and save lemons for more tips.
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Put a bunch of orange slices in a pitcher, top off with white wine, leave it in the fridge overnight, and you’ve got a pitcher full of citrus sangria.
Put some orange slices in a vinegar bottle to make citrusy vinegar for salads
Substitute orange juice for a portion of the vinegar in a salad dressing- a great way to add a slightly sweet flavor and to balance the taste of the vinegar.
Limoncello but with oranges to make orangcello
Orange muffins with orange cream-cheese frosting
Lemon curd but with oranges to make orange curd
Stuff a date with a piece of orange peel and almond, then dip the entire thing into dark chocolate.
Prepare oatmeal with orange juice instead of water: top cooked oatmeal with orange juice rather than butter or cream to get great flavor and no added fat.
Try my Orange blueberry compote on your oatmeal.
When making your favorite pancake or waffle batter, substitute orange juice for the water, milk or buttermilk in the recipe- this will give the pancakes a great flavor and pack far more vitamin C.
Freeze the freshly squeezed juice
Make juice out of the oranges and then use the peels for Candied Orange Peels.
Use my candied lemon peel recipe & just use oranges instead of lemons
Use the leftover syrup from Candied Orange Peels on pancakes or French Toast.
The syrup can also be used to make popsicles.
Wash peels thoroughly. Grate the peel before using and freeze the zest for later use.
Cut up slices and use a garnish for meat or relish dishes.
Make a lemon or orange infused tea – boil lemon or orange rinds and then throw in a tea bag. Let the bag steep as long as you like and enjoy!
Make baked oranges in honey: Slice oranges in half, and put the halves in a baking dish. Drizzle a generous amount of honey over them and sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon. Bake in a 350° F oven just long enough to heat them (5-10 mins). Take out of the oven, place in a bowl, and eat with a spoon. Soothing and healing if you have a cold or a sore throat.
Cut up peels. In a saucepan add peels, 1 cinnamon stick, a few cloves and fill to the top with water. Simmer for a nice potpourri or dry peels and use in dry potpourri.
Check out my lemon vinegar cleaner post for lots of great ideas! (orange peels can be used in place of lemon peels)
Clean your microwave– Place the empty hulls in a bowl of water and microwave for about fives minutes. Then wipe the microwave clean with a towel.
Clean your cutting board and sink– Rub the empty peel across your cutting board to deodorize. Do the same with the peel in your sink.
Clean your pans and tea kettle– you may want to do this before making tea. Boil the rinds in your kettle or a pan that has burnt on stuff stuck to it. Let is sit for up to an hour to really soak in, and watch all the grime come right off!
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Quick Orange Marmalade
- 1 orange if a non-organic orange is used wash peels thoroughly before peeling
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup sugar
- Cut the un-peeled orange and place into a blender or food processor with the water. Pour mixture into a saucepan with the sugar and boil for 15 minutes.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.