3 Creative Ways to Reduce Food Waste, Starting with Citrus
November 4, 2021 | By: The Darling Dish
There’s no need to waste perfectly good citrus when cleaning out your refrigerator or cabinet! Reducing food waste can not only save you money but can also help to lower your carbon footprint by conserving energy and resources.
Want to learn more about how to save your citrus and declutter your refrigerator? Check out these simple yet effective tips below!
Slice and freeze your extra citrus
Citrus is often bought in large bags containing several fruits, and many find themselves with more citrus than they know what to do with. In this case, you can save the entire fruit by freezing the zest and slices to use in future recipes or cocktails. First wash, then use a Microplane or zester to zest your Darling Citrus into food and freezer-safe bag or container then slice up the whole fruit and do the same.
Use your leftover citrus to keep foods from turning brown
Apples, avocados, and bananas are examples of fresh foods that will start to oxidize after you cut into them. Generally, they’re still edible even though the color has changed. It’s simply just the effects of air mixing with the flesh of these fruits. To keep them looking fresh, however, you can squeeze Darling Lemons over the top of the fruits you’ve cut into before placing them in proper storage. The citric acid in lemons helps protect them and maintain their original color.
Try this out next time you save the rest of your apples or make guacamole!
Dry the peels!
If you’re making a recipe that only calls for the fruit of your Darling Citrus and excludes the rinds, you can reduce food waste by drying out the peels! Always wash and dry your citrus before using it, then, once you’re done with the fruit, save the peels and cut them up into smaller pieces. You can dry out the peels by using a dehydrator, baking them on the lowest setting, or air-drying them. After the peels have finished drying, store them in a cool, dark, and dry place in a food-safe jar or container.
Dried citrus fruit peels are a great addition to many teas, recipes, DIY body products, or even a relaxing bubble bath!
How are you going to save your citrus? Leave us a comment down below!