With all the citrus around at the moment...it is the perfect time to be stocking up on home made citrus cleaner... Each time you eat an orange, or squeeze a lime......before hand, peel the citrus peel off the fruit and pop it in a huge jar 3/4 full of cheap vinegar.
Leave it to infuse for 2 or 3 weeks, before using, but keep adding those peels when you have them
Let it steep, until you have filled the jar entirely with peels. Yep, that could be a while if you don't consume citrus very often. One of the many good things about this cleaner is that you can use it while it's brewing. Simply pour some off and dilute when needed. Once the jar is full to the brim, strain it, and store in another container and start another one. I use a recycled milk bottle or sometimes a cordial bottle.
If you prefer one citrus to another, just keep them separate, but I find popping the peel from any citrus variety that I use works well. Narelle doesn't recommend adding Mandarin peel to the bottle though, as it doesn't 'keep' as well as the other peels.Strength is not the issue here, as it steeps until you fill the jar. There are no recipes, no measured amounts...... and....If you buy your citrus from the store, make sure you wash them well to remove any pesticides and waxes.
|No waste, the rind was used for Citrus cleaner,|
and the juice was extracted for the jam
and the empty shells will go in the compost.