Thursday, January 24, 2013

Zero Waste: Citrus Fruits Part 2

I like  to zest all of my citrus fruit to save it for cooking and baking.Whenever I eat an orange or use fresh lemons or limes, I always zest the fruit first. This also makes peeling it much easier.

Remember to zest only the colored portions and leave the bitter white rind alone.

Citrus zest, which is full of healthy citrus oils, is also great for making citrus flavored teas. Here's a good hot drink recipe for the cold winter months:

Photo by Albadawn under Creative Commons.

 Selena's Spicy Chocolate Orange Herbal Tea (no refined sugar)

1 Tablespoon orange zest
1/2 to 1 tablespoon  powdered cinnamon
1/2 to 1 tablespoon powdered cloves
1/2 to 1 tablespoon powdered nutmeg
1/2 to 1tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons dry cocoa powder

Steep in boiling water for a few minutes, strain and serve. You can also add a little bit of orange juice or lemon juice, and honey if you need a little bit of sweetness.

*It may have small traces of caffeine. I would not know the amounts. My understanding is that chocolate or cocoa may have caffeine.

*Make sure to strain well  with a mesh sieve or you will have goo and orange bits on the bottom!*


Didn't get to see part 1? Check it out here.

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