I’ve recently become addicted to making our own juice. The kids love squeezing their own glasses of orange juice. Honestly, we’ve never been big juice people, well Jason is, but I was never thrilled with giving it to the kids, it just felt like extra sugar to me. We started juicing as a way to sneak in an anti-fungal that tastes N.A.S.T.Y. It didn’t do much to disguise it but fortunately we are now giving them something else and it is a little easier to hide in yogurt. I desperately want to upgrade to an electrical juicer so I can start sneaking in things like spinach in and chase them around with a cup and straw. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Everyone needs a sport right? Mine is chasing kids for the goal of good nutrition. HA! I’ll admit our children have started to request “yogurt with nothing in it…” and “just plain applesauce mom…don’t touch it…I’ll get it…” They are on to us and our tricks. I’m thinking I want a Vita-Mix, but good grief, $400 for a blender?! Ouch! Does anyone have one and care to share a review on this or any other machine that may be a little (or a lot) less expensive? What are you favorite juice / fruit / veggie juice combos? I’m hoping to convince Jason to cash in his credit card points since I spent most of mine on Goodbyns (not so subtle hint hint). Until then, we’ve been enjoying squeezing our own organic oranges and grapefruit every couple of days. I like the big bags of juicer oranges from Whole Foods, they tend to produce more juice and you get more bang for your buck compared to buying them individually…
I hope they will grow up to remember these moments. I want them to know where juice comes from, why it is good for them, that they are capable of making it themselves instead of buying it and that it doesn’t originate in a box with a straw attached! I love knowing there is nothing extra added and we usually water it down a bit for them. I’m extra careful not to give Teagan too much because the number one thing you can do to heal the immune system is to reduce sugar. Yet when we start to get sick we are trained to run for OJ…why? Vitamin C! But it is better to get your Vitamin C from another source and reduce sugar to boost your system.
Anyway, the juice is in the fridge but I started wonder, what could I do with these?
Composting isn’t an option for us at this point because we back to a green space filled with critters and it attracts them. Since I don’t like skunks/snakes, etc. and we haven’t found a way to donate to someone else’s compost stash just yet, I’m always looking for ways to use or reuse the “leftovers” our house produces. It always feels so wasteful to get rid of yummy smelling orange peels after we squeeze our own juice so I searched the web for a few ideas on ways I can use them. Here are a few of the ones that stood out:
- Run orange peels through the garbage disposal to freshen up a stinky garbage disposal. Add a few ice cubes and you’ll sharpen the disposal blades too.
- Use a fresh orange peel to scrub through the gunk in your sink. The natural oils in orange peel are an excellent cleaner and shine your sink too.
- Get rid of ants! Put a few orange peels in a cup of warm water and make a puree in a blender. Pour this solution into the anthills to prevent ants.
- Add a few peels to some clover and boil it on your stovetop to scent your home.
- If you place a piece of orange peel in your bag of brown suger it will stay soft.
- Dried orange peels can be used as kindling at fire places. The flammable oils found inside the peels enable them to burn much longer than paper.
- Rub the leaves of your house plants with orange peel once a month and put some orange peels on the surface of the soil in potted plants which prevents them destroyed from cats.
- Make orange liquor by sealing a container filled with orange peels and vodka and put it in a dark place. A few weeks later, strain out the orange peels, and have orange infused vodka.
- Dried peels can be used as homemade bath oils.
- Apply orange peels over your exposed skin to repel the mosquitoes.
At this very moment I have a pan of peels and cinnamon sticks boiling and my house has never smelled so good. I’m so happy to have replaced the toxic candles we used to burn with something natural and useful (especially on fish for dinner nights which seem to be happening more and more). I store the used peels in a bag in the fridge until I’m ready to use them as air freshener. And when I’m done I’m going to clean my disposal with them!
ps – Did you notice I took pics of Teagan? No pressure or emotional breakdowns looking through the lens thanks to my wonderful friend Michele. It was nice to capture him again in a super casual way, like old times….a gift I fully appreciate.