Saving Orange Rind

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Orange zest or finely grated rind is called for in many recipes, but can be expensive to buy. Next time you get ready to eat an orange, grate the skin and save for future use. This is a page about saving orange rind.


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Before I eat an orange, or use the juice of a lemon, I always grate the rind off, and keep frozen in a container. Then when a recipe calls for either, I always have some zest on hand. Handy to have to whip up a special salad dressing, too!

By Shirley from Galiano, B.C.

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April 22, 20090 found this helpful
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Best save the rinds of ORGANIC citrus, since many pesti-/herbicides are absorbed by the rind. The white part is edible too, and if your blender is strong enough, so are the seeds, blended well.

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January 20, 2005

Dried orange rind perks up a lot of recipes, but it's very expensive to buy in a jar.

Make your own by grating the rind (not the white part), spreading it out on a dish and placing it the freezer for 2 or 3 weeks.

By Betty Ann Kahn

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful
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I believe you are freezing it for 2 to 3 weeks to dry it. I'm sure once it is dried and put into an air tight container it should last for quite a while.


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April 20, 2009

Save the rind - don't discard the rind of lemon, grapefruit or oranges. It makes excellent flavorings for cakes, frostings and such. Wash it well and grate, being careful not to include the bitter white part (called pith) under the rind. Put it in a tightly covered glass jar and store in the refrigerator.

Leftover apple, orange, or lemon rind can be put into your tea as it's steeping to add a wonderful flavor and aroma just like the fancy gourmet tea blends.

By joesgirl


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That sounds like a great idea! Those artificial flavourings can be so "artificial".


Could you give me an idea of how much you would use in some applications, like how much in tea, frostings etc? I added too much lemon rind once and wrecked it, but it was my first time and it doesn't matter what I'm making, if it's the first time, I'll wreck it! LOL! Do the rinds had wax or anything else on them at all for shipping etc.?

By Laura.

Save The Rind From Fruit

I always put fruit rinds into the garbage disposal. It freshens as well as cleans the blades. (01/22/2005)

By Annie

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