They make a good addition to potpourri or you can simply put the peel in a dish, break them up to release the citrus oils and place them in a inconspicuous place to release their fragrance. You can tie them in the mesh bag that they came in and put them in a closet or pantry. I have done all of those things but my favorite is to dry them and make orange zest.
I try to use stuff I have sitting around to make the process more economical (CHEAP!!).
|Two lovely naval oranges|
It is a recycled piece of styrofoam sitting on top of my paper plate holders (that we no longer use and need to go to the thrift but I am putting that off just in case we need them for something). They are inside a cabinet that we don't use every day. It takes 1 to 2 weeks to dry them depending on how thick they are and the humidity and if you forget them or not.
The other thing you need is a mini grinder. This is one that I used for coffee beans at one time.
Pack the grinder full and pulverize away. A very fine powder works the best. You can put the small chunks back in for one more whirl.
|I have seen lots of these in thrift stores for cheap. $2-3 or yard sales.|
Two naval oranges yield about one spice container full. It took four loads in the small grinder to finish all of the dried peel from the two oranges.
A..B..C...ah..... here we go into the spice cabinet.