We all love oranges? Once they come into season we enjoy their delicious, juicy flavor almost daily.
Do you throw orange peels?!
What do you do with your orange peels?!
When you eat your orange and then break the peel up into smaller pieces. Fresh orange peels are delicious in herb waters, add them to soups and stews or slow cook them with chicken or duck. Grate fresh orange peel into cookies and breads or add a zesty flavor to sweets and desserts.
When you will finish this , let them sit out at room temperature on a screen until they are crispy. Once dried, store them in a jar in your spice cabinet. You now have a satisfying and revitalizing ingredient to use in your meal preparations throughout the year.
This is very taste and orange peel not only adds a nice flavor to your food but it makes a very good tasting tea. Orange, tangerine and mandarin peel teas are traditionally used for coughs that are due to excessive phlegm in the lungs. It is a good tea to drink if you have lots of mucus, chronic chest congestion or a wet cough. Citrus peels are considered a valuable medicinal herb and are a popular ingredient in many Chinese Medicine tonics.
Orange Peel Tea
– 2 tablespoons fresh chopped orange peel per cup of water
- If you are using fresh orange peels, chop them into ¼ inch sized pieces
- If you are using dried orange peels, crush them a little with a mortar and pestle
- Place chopped or crushed orange peels and water into a pot with a lid on it. I use stainless steel Revere pots; glass and enamel pots also work well
- Bring water and herbs to a boil and then immediately turn off the fire
- Let orange peels steep for one hour
- Using a metal strainer, remove the herbs from the tea and pour the tea into a teacup or pitcher
- Drink warm or at room temperature
- The shelf life of this tea is about two days if kept covered in the refrigerator