Thursday, January 17, 2013

Preserving Citrus

Somehow this month I ended up with tons of lemons, limes and little oranges. It pains me to throw away perfectly good items so I had to do my best to try to preserve as much as I could.

I am not a fan of marmalade but that is certainly one great option to preserve citrus. Another good tip that I used was to juice them and freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Once well frozen, they can be easily transferred to a freezer safe bag, readily available to add to recipes or drinks. I love carbonated water with citrus ice cubes.

Then, using my trusty dehydrator, I sliced up the oranges into 1/4" slices along with the remainder of limes and dried them. These are great to add to a water jug in the fridge for some flavour or to add to a mug of hot tea. I heard that they are also great for crafts or as an addition to some natural bath soak recipes but I have not tried those yet. I do like the look of them though, just doing nothing in a pretty jar.
Please feel free to share in the comments any other ideas for saving citrus or for using stored citrus.

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