March 20, 2013

Citrus old buddy old pal

This winter has been unkind to my family. We seem to be battling cold after cold. Between my husband, son and I, one of us gets sick. The last couple of day I have felt it creeping on yet again but I am refusing to let it get me down. I know that I am stronger then any sickness and do not have to put up with it. I have been trying to beat it down with the power of Vitamin C. Since citrus is in season that has been my method of intake. It is no coincidence that citrus comes in season during the winter months, it is there to help us fight the evils of the microscopic armies. Here are just a few of my favorite citrus uses.

Baked Grapefruit-
Wash grapefruit then cut in half. Remove any seeds and cut fruit along rind and around the center. This will make it easier to eat once done. Place in cupcake pan cut side up then sprinkle a little sugar and cinnamon or any spice you like. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 mins or until top has caramelized then you are ready to eat.

Dehydrated Lemons - 
I love lemon in my tea but since they are not available year round dehydrating slices work great.

Wash and cut lemons in 1/4 inch. Remove seeds then place on dehydrator tray. Usually takes about 2-6 hours depending on the dehydrator. You can also do this in the oven on low (200 degrees).

Orange-Vinegar All Purpose Cleaner-
I try to use as many plant based products as I can in my home. I have used vinegar and water as an all purpose cleaner before but frankly it stinks, literally. The smell does dissipate after a little while but still a little smelly (Granted it is better then a chemical smell).

Using the peel of a couple of oranges, place in a glass jar and cover with white vinegar. Let sit in cool place or refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. You can now add some water and put in a  spray bottle for easy use. I do about a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water.

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