Our 28-year-old Arizona Sweet tree is still struggling, following the BIG FREEZE of 2010. I can hardly bear to look at this once-spectacular plant without pondering what I can do to bring it back. I decided to remove about half this year’s crop and cut out all the deadwood.
And then do what gardeners often have to do; wait until spring. Again.
The oranges I removed were of little use in the kitchen. Even as juice, they would barely have yielded a couple of tablespoons apiece. So I decided to make some Orange Peel Vinegar. And today I got to use it for the first time.
A friend, and fellow blogger from FRESH EGGS DAILY, provided the recipe: Orange Peel Vinegar. Lisa’s recipe calls for several ingredients I didn’t have on hand, so I simply made mine with white vinegar and orange peels. I made two jars of this mixture and shook them every few days. Then the holidays arrived and I forgot to shake. My neglect didn’t seem to matter.
Today I decided to pour off the liquid, compost the peels, and try it for some cleaning on our oak parquet floor.
I clean our floors with steam. (I will share more about our steamer in another post.) Usually I spray the floor with white vinegar and steam. Today I used my Orange Peel Vinegar. It was wonderful.