Accompanied by apples and exotic fruits, it is mainly citrus that colors our fruit stalls in the autumn-winter. In this season we have the sweet pleasure of rediscovering the taste of clementines. These curvaceous candies (but low in calories!) then offer us to nibble on their deliciously tart orange wedges and boost our immunity with their richness in vitamin C, minerals and trace elements. However, you never know exactly what to do with their peels. However, it is very easy to recycle clementine skin, as these few very clever tips prove!
You will surely find that sometimes the use of these citrus peels is no different from that of orange peels or that of lemon peels. The only difference is that clementine offers an infinitely sweeter smell and taste. Foodiefriends and foodies, don’t miss these tips against food waste!
1) candied bark to surprise your taste buds
If you enjoy enjoying their flesh, you will love devouring their skin! This trick is to simply boil clementine strips in some sweetened honeyed water. Then let the pieces simmer until the syrup is absorbed. We then get from delicious treats to snack on for afternoon tea. You can also coat them in chocolate to stay in the same vein as the orangettes. It’s the same recipe!
Our advice: use untreated organic fruits instead so that their aroma is not spoiled by the fear of ingesting an abundance of harmful pesticides.
2) The good smell of the skin of clementines in a potpourri
Let the citrus peels dry gently in the oven (or in the open air), then put them in a homemade potpourri. You can add a few drops of essential oil, spices (cinnamon sticks, cloves, etc.) or dried plants of your choice (peppermint, etc.). This way you create a warm atmosphere! You can also simply slide the peels into a still hot oven, half open or in a pan of boiling water so that a nice scent is released in your kitchen.
3) A clementine infusion
This anti-waste tip is excellent for: make a warm, comforting drink ! To do this, dry the bark on a tea towel in the open air. If they are well dried out, you can use them alone or in an herbal tea for a more fragrant result. The association with verbena, for example, is particularly pleasant.
The perk? You can also use this trick with your apple peels if you never eat the peel!
4) Clementine skin, useful for deodorizing clothes
Dehydrate the skin of your clementines in the oven or in the open air, then put them in an organza bag or pantyhose with holes that you can no longer wear. You can add cedar or lavender if you like. This deodorizes your clothes and leaves a pleasant scent in the closet. In addition, it also helps to keep moths away. Another cool tip: slip bits of clementine peel into your shoes overnight to get rid of bad odors. It is very effective.
5) A natural all-purpose cleaner
You may already know the trick to soaking citrus peels in white vinegar? This makes it possible to highly effective antiseptic multiple cleaning product. We will! you can also make it with your clementine husks. However, you will have to set aside more bark to get a good scent. Use the rinds of a dozen clementines (where six lemons or oranges are usually enough). Leave for two weeks before filtering and pour into a spray bottle. It is natural and very economical!
6) Clementine bark powder to use in cooking
Restored with a zester or even a grater, clementine peel can be used in pastries (cake, etc.), in salad dressings or even in the preparation of a good sauce for meat and fish. They can also be dried to make sugar or a multi-use powder.
Longer shelf life than fresh peel, the citrus peel powder can be stored in a classic spice jar. We can then use it to scrub to give her skin a boost. In the kitchen, its use is also very valuable. Indeed, this powder can flavor various sweet and savory dishes: yogurt, smoothie, vinaigrette, pie crust, tagine or pan, herbal tea, etc. Let yourself be carried away by your imagination!
The peel of clementines in the compost: good idea or not?
Citrus peels can be added to the compost. However, be careful to limit the quantities on pain of bringing too much acidity in the compost bin! If you cannot use them this way, you can scatter bits of clementine or citrus peel in the soil to protect your plantations from cat piss. Our feline friends are indeed not very fans of these scents. This will prevent them from destroying your plantations and turning them into improvised waste.