No Mess Orange Peeling

I hate peeling oranges, the white stuff always gets stuck under my nails and then I end up smelling like oranges all day! So I recycle my bread bags or plastic zipper bags by sticking my hand in them and then peeling my oranges. Works like a dream!

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By Amanda from Bloomer, WI

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

A friend told me years ago to drop the oranges in boiling water for just a few seconds and after checking one, to cool slightly and the peeling will come off easily. You will have to experiment to see just how long because you don't want to cook the orange. It really works!!!

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

I use a teaspoon with the bowl side down. Works really well.

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January 26, 20070 found this helpful

Wow, I just LOVE orange oil for LOTS of things, when I can get it. Too bad I don't live near you? lol

It's being used as fragrance in so MANY cleaners now, I'm surprised to find someone who hates it. But, now that I think of it, I got really tired of LEMON

this and that. lol

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June 19, 20070 found this helpful

We don't peel our oranges before eating them. I, first, wash the orange with a light dab of dish soap & warm water. Then I cut the orange vertically (from stem to bottom). Then place the cut side down onto a plate & slice horizontally into pieces. Just eat the orange insides with your teeth from the skin/rind. Toss out the rinds. No peeling and getting the rinds under your fingernails. Hubby prefers this in his lunches, too. These pieces of orange look nicely on a sliced fruit tray or these orange slices can be placed onto the edge of your plate as a garnish, or used on the edge of your water or beverage glass, anytime. Other citrus can be cut & used the same way.

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May 29, 20080 found this helpful

The boiling water really works. I use just very hot water and let it sit for a bit longer. I was amazed that it worked so well.

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January 15, 20090 found this helpful

I cut just barely through the peel in sections. The air will dry the rind slightly and harden up a bit. By lunch time you just pull and tug off what you need.

Added bonus - the peel is ready to use for potpourri. Just roll it up loosely and poke with a toothpick, let sit out til dried and toss it in the potpourri bowl.

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

There is a citrus scoring tool that is amazing. You score the skin and peel comes off so much easier.

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