We recently started squeezing our own orange juice after reading about industry standard flavor packs in your morning OJ. Now, we’re not big fans of juice in our house anyway but I’ve got to admit to loving a little glass of orange juice with my morning waffles. So, now we’re left to squeezing our own, which basically means we only drink it on the weekends when Jim and I have time to tag team the kids while we go to town on the oranges.
You never realize how many oranges it takes to fill a tiny little breakfast glass until you’re trying to do it while balancing a heavy 10 month old on one hip! And what to do with all the peels? You could candy them but that can be a lengthy process and do you really want a ton of yummy candied peels just hanging around your house, screaming at you to eat them? You could also put them in some boiling water with a little cinnamon and cloves to make your house smell amazing but that takes care of eight of the peels. What to do with the other 30+?
Make orange infused vinegar!!
The process is so easy, you almost don’t need instructions. Just shove a ton of orange peels into a large jar, fill with vinegar and allow to sit for at least two weeks. After your vinegar has a nice orange hue to it, strain the liquid into another smaller jar to store. To use, fill a squirt bottle with 50/50 orange vinegar and water.
Not only do you have the cleaning power of oranges but now your vinegar smells good. Maybe it’ll make me clean more often!