My friend's mum dries out her orange peel to make fire lighters. Naturally i thought this needed further investigation. We eat tons of oranges this time of year so lets give it a whirl... Apparently orange peel is naturally flammable, due to the high concentration of oil in the dried peel and so makes ideal kindling.
Huxley has a really annoying cough at the moment so we thought we would boost his immune system with some vitamin C, soothe his throat with some raw honey and warm his chest and break down the mucus with some ginger, check out the recipe for this healing little number here.
So we are left with a tray of 'wet' skins, although they don't have to be in half like this, whichever way you peel them is fine. Now the idea is to dry them out.
Now there are many ways to dry out your peels. Pop them on a baking tray in your oven on a very low heat until they are completely dry, if you have Aga put them in the warming oven for a couple of days, if you have a wood burner pop them on a baking tray and sit on the top of the wood burner (they will make your whole house smell amazing!) i've heard some people put them in their airing cupboards until dry, or even, in the summer time, dry them outside in the sunshine then pop them in a string bag and use them to start your BBQ.
So this is what mine looked liked after a couple of days in the warming oven...
They look great by the fire and along with some kindling and they work a treat, filling the house with a gorgeous burnt orange aroma. I like this habit that we have all got into, peel an orange and shove the skin on the baking tray (wherever) you choose to dry it... always feels great to use up stuff that would normally go to waste doesn't it... eco warrior right here! ( Or something like that!)